I loved the title of the book and was already a fan of the "15 minutes" mindset thanks to FlyLady. It reads like a series of essays each with their own 15 writing assignment. I enjoyed the last half of the book more than the first. The are some gold nuggets - great new ideas and some I'd learned but forgotten - and lots of name dropping, as in so and so who wrote such and such, with great quotes and advice. Now, I have a new list of books to read!
Michelle V. (ellehcim) reviewed Pen on Fire : A Busy Woman's Guide to Igniting the Writer Within on
Sassy Summary: The book is compilation of interviews with writers from DeMarco-Barretts radio show, along with her advice and writing prompts and exercises. It started slow, gained speed (and my interest) and then it lost steam toward the end. Her section on Overcoming the Obstacles provided valuable insight on how to organize yourself (and avoid housework) when working at home. I may return to this book for encouragement on frustrating days or to think creatively through her writing exercises.
Quotable Writing: Journals can be a legacy for those you love. They are also like a savings account; the details youve recordedwhat something looked like, smelled like, what someone said might be just what you need for a future piece of work or for inspiration .
Cheetah or Snail? Cheetah (a quick read). I read it in 4 days.
Buy or Borrow? Buy a used copy.
Book Club Discussion Generator? For a writing group. Maybe.
Who should read it? Newbie female fiction writers who want to take a community college writing class, but cant afford the tuition.