You Should Be Writing [Book Review]

No matter if you’re a professional or a hobbyist, you know you should be writing. It’s like an internal drumbeat. Always there, always beating, never relenting.

So, what do you do about it?

You Should Be Writing by Brenda Knight and Nita Sweeney. Book with lavendar on the cover

A Journal of Inspiration and Instruction to Keep Your Pen Moving Forward

I love craft books. At any time of the year. But this one is especially intriguing because it’s a bit off the beaten path. For me.

Slotted in the “quotation reference” genre.

It’s a thing!

Also, the pitch is great! It says it’s a book to help me “write to document, reflect and heal.”

This isn’t my usual approach to the craft, since I do this as my profession. I write to eat, live and work.

So you understand why I want to explore a different, more emotional side.

There isn’t much to the book, subtitled as “a journal of inspiration and instruction to keep your pen moving.” There’s a bit of intro and then pages and pages of lines, waiting for you to fill them.

Each page begins with an inspirational quote. And the quotes are organized into topical sections.

You’ll be encouraged to find the topic or quote that inspires that creative spark. And then…it’s time to write.

If you’re a bit blocked or are looking for a book of prompts to aid your creative exploration, this is an excellent option.

You Should Be Writing: A Journal of Inspiration and Instruction to Keep Your Pen MOving Synopsis

From famous all-time-great poets like T.S. Eliot to modern creatives like Roxane Gay, the selected writing quotes in this journal aim to instruct and inspire you to become a better writer.

Writing Inspiration from Incredible Authors

Gathered by Brenda Knight and writing coach Nita Sweeney, author of Depression Hates a Moving TargetYou Should Be Writing provides you with writing wisdom from a variety of accomplished authors.

Writing Practice on Every Page

This journal is a must-have for writers everywhere. With quotes from a diverse group of historical and modern authors to use as creative prompts on every page, you’ll be able to bring your writing inspiration with you wherever you go. You’ll find plenty of great advice, such as Toni Morrison’s encouragement, “As a writer, a failure is just information. It’s something that I’ve done wrong in writing, or is inaccurate or unclear. I recognize failure―which is important; some people don’t―and fix it.”

Creative Writing Practice for Every Genre

This writing journal with prompts helps you practice a wide variety of writing skills. The excerpts and prompts include:

  • General advice: “Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.” —Zadie Smith
  • Helpful instructions: “If you scribble your thoughts any which way, your reader will surely feel that you care nothing about them.” —Kurt Vonnegut
  • Genre-specific writing ideas and tips for particular areas of writing, such as poetry or storytelling: “For those whose bucket-list entails seeing their name on the spine of a book, it boils down to the power of persistence.” —Marlene Wagman-Geller

If you were inspired by the creative writing prompts and advice in 642 Things to Write AboutComplete the Story Journal, or Piccadilly 300 Writing Prompts, you’ll love Brenda’s and Nita’s You Should Be Writing: A Journal of Inspiration & Instruction to Keep Your Pen Moving.

You Should Be Writing was published on June 16, 2020 by Mango Publishing.

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