Kicking In the Wall: A Year of Writing Exercises, Prompts, and Quotes to Help You Break Through Your Blocks and Reach Your Writing Goals
“. . . will empower you to give the technique a try.”
Barbara Abercrombie has packed her extensive knowledge into an exercise book for writers.
She is the author and editor of several other books including A Year of Writing Dangerously, Courage and Craft, Cherished, and two novels. She has published a total of 15 books, numerous essays, and articles. Kicking in the Wall: A Year of Writing Exercises, Prompts, and Quotes to Help You Break Through Your Blocks and Reach Your Writing Goals grew out of three decades of creative writing courses she teaches.
If anyone knows how to help writers achieve their goals, Ms. Abercrombie has it all figured out. In Kicking in the Wall you’ll find a way to break through your own wall with daily practice and exercises.
What makes this book different? Ms. Abercrombie writes with an infectious energy that will draw you in to her motivation. The 365 prompts and exercises are mostly practical and very direct. . . . No staring at the sky in this book, but hundreds of great prompts to make you think, such as:
“Write about something that you don’t want to remember but don’t want to forget.”
“Write about a time you couldn’t see. Literally or figuratively.”
Most surprisingly, Ms. Abercrombie suggests your success will grow with as little as five minutes a day spent on the exercises.
Kicking in the Wall is geared to writers who want to move ahead but don’t know where to start. Other writers who doubt the direction their work is taking will be motivated and energized by the tone of the book.
If you doubt a five-minute writing sprint can yield good results, the book includes dozens of five-minute exercises done by people in Ms. Abercrombie’s classes. These essays will empower you to give the technique a try.
The book’s extensive bibliography could also serve as your lifetime library of writing at its best.