Initial reaction: Very quick read but a very helpful guide to overcoming writer’s block. I feel Weiland hit on many interesting points on why and how writer’s get blocked, and offered viable solutions to such problems, as well as prompted great tips for being inspired.
“Conquering Writer’s Block and Summoning Inspiration” is a very short read (my Kindle copy was 60 some pages while the audiobook is just under 2 hours) but packs quite a bit of useful information that I had quite a bit of takeaway from. K.M. Weiland’s suggestions are very helpful and encouraging while being aware of the struggles of the writing life. The book first makes suggestions on how to strike inspiration and create productive habits from a multitude of different sources (including being able to dig into details and making writing a priority). Then it follows up with the reasons why writers get blocked (some examples include stressing that sometimes our inner editors get the best of us, that we may hang on to the same ideas and be afraid to stretch out of comfort zones, or that we may wait for “the zone”).
I appreciated Weiland’s honest feedback and the text itself feels thorough on a number of different issues for writers who are new and also veterans. I definitely think I’ll refer back to this to get a dose of inspiration when I need it (though it’s not so much that I suffer from writer’s block as it is that I need to sometimes rein in my inner critic, as well as try to organize all the ideas that keep welling up in my head and organize them to optimize my productivity.)
Overall score: 4.5/5 stars.