“a must-have for career writers, whether seasoned or just starting out.”
— from “10 Great Books for a Writer’s Wish List” on Huffington Post
Is your writing life all it can be?
Let this book act as your personal coach, to explore the writing life you already have and the writing life you wish for, and close the gap between the two.
Gain insights through helpful stories from the authors’ established writing careers. Explore twelve simple (but vital) habits—through journaling, writing prompts, bonus activities, and discussion questions—that will help you build a more sustainable and satisfying writing life.
Sage, surprising, endlessly useful!
Because I’m a writer, I am regularly asked this one question by other aspiring writers: ‘Where do I begin?’ Lately, I have been recommending On Being a Writer by Ann Kroeker and Charity Craig. I recommend it to anyone who aspires to be a writer, anyone who has begun to seriously explore publication, and anyone who already has years of experience under his or her writing belt.
—Jennifer Dukes Lee, author of Growing Slow, It’s All Under Control, The Happiness Dare, and Love Idol.
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On Being a Writer is that rare guide to writing that is both practical and inspiriting. Ann Kroeker and Charity Singleton Craig show—wisely and winsomely—how the habits of writing are inextricably connected to the habits of being.
—Karen Swallow Prior, author of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me and Fierce Convictions—The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More: Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist
On Being a Writer in Action
A genial marriage of practice and theory. For writers new and seasoned. This book is a winner.
—Philip Gulley, author of Front Porch Tales
Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday moved through each chapter as a group book study:
- Chapter 1: Identify
- Chapter 2: Arrange
- Chapter 3: Surround
- Chapter 4: Notice
- Chapter 5: Write
- Chapter 6: Send
- Chapter 7: Promote
- Chapter 8: Discover
- Chapter 9: Engage
- Chapter 10: Plan
- Chapter 11: Rest
- Chapter 12: Limit
Tweetspeak Poetry hosted a book club, focusing on the first few chapters:
Author Glynn Young wrote in response to the book:
- On Being a Writer
- Husband, Father, Grandfather, Deacon
- Writing and Publishing
- And the Word is Platform
- Discovering Who You Are
- What I Learned from a Gargoyle
- Make a Plan Stan
- Downsizing the Workload
Vicki Addesso has been reading and writing her way through the book:
- Response to Chapter 1
- Response to Chapter 2
- Response to Chapter 3
- Response to Chapter 4
- Response to Chapter 5
- Response to Chapter 6
Megan Willome blogged her way through the book and then published a series based on interviews with the authors:
- Kroeker & Craig’s On Being a Writer – Introduction
- Chapter 1
- Chapter 2
- Chapter 3
- Chapter 4
- Chapter 5
- Chapter 6
- Chapter 7
- Chapter 8
- Chapter 9
- Chapter 10
- Chapter 11
- Chapter 12
- Final Words
- Talk with Ann & Charity, “On Being a Writer,” Part 1
- Talk with Ann Kroeker, “On Being a Writer,” Part 2
- Talk with Charity Singleton Craig, “On Being a Writer,” Part 3
- Talk with Ann & Charity, “On Being a Writer,” Part 4