I originally bought Writing is My Drink by Theo Pauline Nestor for my oldest daughter as one of her Christmas gifts. She has talked about writing her story regarding how she started her luxury yarn business and I thought if she had a fun book about writing, it might inspire her to get started. After flipping through the book I discovered I wanted to read it as well.
First this book is more intense than I originally thought, but… and that is a really large but, she gives great “Try This” at the end of every chapter to help get your writing started that I have found valuable.
Theo Pauline Nestor takes you on a journey through her years of self doubt as a writer which I think you just might be able to relate with as most writers struggle with self doubt. The thing is she doesn’t just take you on her journey, she helps you evaluate your writing journey with the “Try This” at the end of every chapter. Maybe evaluate isn’t the write word as each of the steps that she suggests you write about takes you, not only into your writing doubts, but into the possibilities of your own writing.
She has great insights into how to believe in yourself as a writer, such as:
“One of the essential characteristics of a writer is the willingness and ability to see the stories in our lives and to believe that our observations, thoughts and obsessions are worth following to the page. If you’re accustomed to discounting your thoughts, this valuing your own experience isn’t going to happen over night. It will be a process, a long retraining in which we move from negating to valuing.” -Writing Is My Drink by Theo Pauline Nestor.
I’ve had trouble as a writer, finding my true voice, always worried about what other people think even when I don’t want to.
If you are like me and have struggled with self doubt as a writer, check out Theo Pauline Nestor’s, Writing is My Drink, you just might find yourself at the page more often, writing your truth and not what you think others want to hear.
Have you read this book? Any other books on writing, publishing, marketing, or blogging that you would like to share with the StoryDam group?