Dancing on the Head of a Pen – Robert Benson

I’ve read a lot of books on writing. Everything from philosophical, high-minded, dreamy literature about the artistry of translating heavenly thoughts to paper to the nitty-gritty, tactical, how-to books in which novels are as formulaic to make as bottled shampoo.

Robert Benson has created the best of both worlds in this enjoyable, quote-rich mix of his own personal anecdotes, tips for writing, and authentic sense of God-given purpose in writing. I honestly couldn’t put his book down, which is rare for a book comprised of chapters on writing habits. His recommendations all made solid sense and gave me a blend of inspiration and action. It’s clear that Benson is not only a writer, but a gentle teacher as well.

I hope to apply Benson’s suggestions, such as writing constantly, collecting quotes, not talking about a book too much before it is actually written, and more that I’ll not give away here, to my own writing. His work is like delicious Thanksgiving leftovers; flavorfully, and lovingly made, nutritious and filling, but not so much as to feel overstuffed. I’d like to read more!

I received this book free from Blogging for Books for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


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