Title: Welcome to the Writer’s Life
Author: Paulette Perhach
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Length: 320 Pages, Paperback
Genre: Nonfiction, Self help
Rating: 4 Folded Pages
Always wanted to be a writer? Stop wasting time and start your writing life today!
With warmth and humor, the author welcomes you into the writer’s life as someone who has been there on the other side looking in. Like a freshman orientation for writers, this book includes an in-depth exploration of all the elements of a writer’s life, from your writing practice to your reading practice, to your writing craft and the all-important and often-overlooked business of writing. Harness the powers of crowdsourcing and social media to grow your writing career, and use the most current research on success, gamification, and lifestyle design to take your writing life to the next level. Complete with writing exercises, tools, checklists, infographics, and behind-the-scenes tips from working writers of all types, this book offers everything you need to jump-start a successful writing life.
Perhach combines her absolute love of life, writing, reading, and her own wonderful, chatty way of writing to create an excellent book on the art of writing. Take a shot every time you read the word writing on this review. It might make a fun game.
I have so many positives about this book and a few negatives. I’ll start with the positives. First up, the writing style. Books about writing tend to go one of two ways for me. Either they’re as boring and dry as my Freshman year literature class or they’re fun. The tone is like you’re having a fun but informative conversation with a friend. Perhach definitely excels at the friendly informational tone. It kept the book from ever getting too boring, even when discussing things like taxes and accounting.
I also think the book has some really solid advice that I plan to implement into my own writing life so to speak. One of my favorite pieces of advice is about embarrassing moments. It resonated so much with me. I’ve listed the quote below.
…Embarrassment can be a good thing. It means you’ve grown from who you were before.
I also really enjoyed that this book wasn’t vague. Writing books can have this tendency to talk in metaphors. Perhach uses metaphors but she also gives actionable things you can do. I love all the reading lists and resources. The distinct guides she gives to doing things like reading like a writer or learning how to edit your own work.
My absolute favorite thing about this book is how obvious it is that Perhach loves writing and reading. I’ve been in a bit of a book slump but just reading this has made me remember why I love reading so much and why I love writing so much.
Now for some of the things I didn’t like. My biggest gripe is the huge focus this book puts on traditional publishing. I read the book over a couple weeks so I might have just missed it but I don’t think Perhach mentions self-publishing and how a writer could pursue that even once. However, it’s a big part of the writing market, especially if you consider places like Amazon or Scribd.
This book also has a website associated with it. While the website is really cool, some of the links are broken and that’s rather annoying. This book is only 2 years old, I’m surprised the website isn’t better kept.
Those are my only gripes though. I originally got this book from the library but then I had to buy it because it’s the kind of book I can see myself reaching for again and again when I need writing inspiration.