Well this really surprised me. Yet another read that I picked up entirely at random, and I read this more as food for thoughts to look at barriers to writing and what people could do to overcome them. Rettig does a fine job of examining multiple angles for what keeps people from writing, from procrastinating on projects and solutions to deal effectively with that, perfectionistic tendencies and ways that writers (in multiple venues, not just fiction writing) tend to punish themselves, time management, taking criticism and using it constructively, while also dealing with it (this is important because so many writers I’ve seen really don’t take this seriously enough!)among other aspects. I think this will be one that I return to in future venues because much of the advice is practical, and the solutions are well-explained and applicable. The illustrations in the collection are nice and complimentary to the text. Overall, nice guide on the subject matter.

Overall score: 4/5 stars.

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