The Geek’s Guide to the Writing Life: An Instructional Memoir for Prose Writers

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The Geek’s Guide to the Writing Life by Stephanie Vanderslice is a breath of fresh air when it comes to a writing-life guide. Instead of becoming mired down in must-dos and must-nots, Vanderslice applies her wit and brevity to a broad range of ways to approach writing for those of us who may not be full-time writers. She recognizes and normalizes the fact that most writers, even those with a successful following, lead everyday lives with other jobs that support our writing habits. There are a lot of great tips, and the appendix of resources is invaluable, and I think this book could be valuable to quite a few writers.

However, I did find fault with some of her advice, particularly in the arena of making room for writing in your life. Most of the advice she gives only works if you’ve managed to attain a middle- or upper-class socio-economic status and is patently out of reach to more than fifty percent of the American population, which means it’s also out of reach of fifty percent of the people who would otherwise be writing. Beyond this oversight, however, her advice is solid and motivating, and I think a good portion of writers can benefit from her no-nonsense advice, if for nothing else than for the permission to be a writer, regardless of your insecurities.


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Author Stephanie Vanderslice
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 184 pages
Publisher Bloomsbury Academic
Publish Date 2017-Dec-14
ISBN 9781350023550
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Issue May 2018
Category Crafts & Hobbies
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