Over a million years ago, my friend Lee at Moms Without Blogs asked me to write a book review. I was nervous about it because, well, I’m a horrible liar. Lucky for me though, author Nava Atlas did not disappoint. So when I discovered Ms. Atlas’ newest project, I was over the moon when she offered a review copy for me to enjoy.
And thoroughly enjoy it I did.
What the publisher has to say:
In The Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life, acclaimed author Nava Atlas presents twelve celebrated women authors and draws on their diaries, letters, memoirs, and interviews to show how they expressed their views on the subjects of importance to every writer from carving out time to write, to conquering their inner demons, to developing a “voice,” to balancing the demands of family life with the need to write. Atlas provides her own illuminating commentary as well and reveals how the lessons of classic women writers of the past still resonate with women writing today. This beautifully illustrated book, filled with more than 100 archival images, is the perfect gift for anyone who loves to write, no matter where they are on their creative journey.
What I have to say: You too Louisa May?! No way!!
This informative book provides incredible history, perspective and inspiration from the likes of Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf. It also offers confirmation that yes, all writers are similar creatures. We all have doubts. We all have worries. We all have rejection letters. Even the ones who eventually made/make it Big Time.
I was a little concerned to discover how many of my thoughts mirror Ms. Woolf’s, but then relieved to notice I also have a lot in common with Willa Cather, L.M. Montgomery and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Not too shabby.
Think of it less as a book, more as a therapy couch, and I want to send a copy your way. Not mine, mind you. It’s full of yellow Post-its pointing out words of wisdom that I will devour once again when I hit another wall in my NANO revision project.
For the record, that’s daily.
But just the thought of Agatha Christie agreeing with me that the best time to plan a book is while doing the dishes is enough motivation to keep trudging through the cow patties.
Leave a comment if you want to be tossed into the random number generator (glass bowl/youngest’s hand). Winner receives a brand new copy of The Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life, as well as a brand new copy of the first book I reviewed for Ms. Atlas – Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife, a sassy, tongue-in-cheek look at how to “feed” the love of your life. It’s hilarious. FYI – Nava can be found on Twitter at navaatlas2
And for those of you who are not the lucky winner, do your writer psyche a favor and get a copy of this book. It will seriously reinforce your love for the craft.
(Contest ends Monday, April 11, at midnight Texas time – that’s Central for the rest of y’all. Winner to be announced Tuesday, April 12.)
P.S. I miss you guys like a husband looking for a jar of peanut butter. Hope all is well.
XO – Ashlei