Everyday Writing: Tips and Prompts to Fit Your Regularly Scheduled Life

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Ashland Creek Press
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5.25 X 0.35 X 8.0 inches | 0.39 pounds
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About the Author
Midge Raymond is the author of My Last Continent, the short-story collection Forgetting English, and, with coauthor John Yunker, the mystery novel Devils Island. Her writing has appeared in TriQuarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, the Los Angeles Times magazine, Chicago Tribune, Poets & Writers, and many other publications. Midge has taught at Boston University, Boston's GrubStreet Writers, Seattle's Hugo House, and San Diego Writers, Ink. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she is cofounder of the boutique environmental publisher Ashland Creek Press. For more information, visit http: //midgeraymond.com.
"What I love about Everyday Writing is that Midge Raymond doesn't write from the heights of great accomplishment as a much-published writer (which she is) but from right down here in the trenches with the rest of us, trying to live the writing life in a world that doesn't always cater to it. Practical and encouraging with refreshing touches of humor, Midge shows us how to use our everyday lives as material for our writing and offers intriguing prompts to get us started (from five minutes) and to keep us going (a weekend retreat). If you're a writer looking for a friendly companion and supportive coach for your writing life, you'll find her living in the pages of Everyday Writing." -- Judy Reeves, author of A Writer's Book of Days "Whether we're aspiring writers or already published, in this age of overcommitment and social media, we all lose connection to our writer-selves. Midge Raymond's cool, clear, lovely voice in Everyday Writing is the way back. This invaluable collection of writing prompts and sage advice should be on every writer's shelf-and used!-alongside Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird and Stephen King's On Writing." -- Jenna Blum, author of New York Times & international bestsellers Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers "As a teacher of mid-career writers, I'm delighted with Midge Raymond's Everyday Writing. The subtitle, 'Tips and prompts to fit your regularly scheduled life, ' suggests it as a personal tool to encourage and ease daily practice. I find myself prescribing its specific, bright, small exercises even to accomplished writers. The exercises are planks to throw across the moat of hesitation many of us encounter daily as we turn to our work...It's good for writers, and useful for writing teachers." -- Mark Kramer, founding director (retired) of the Nieman Program on Narrative Journalism, former writer-in-residence at Smith College, current writer-in-residence in Boston University's journalism department "[Raymond] shows you how to find time and space to write, while offering a wealth of writing prompts to get you started when a blank screen or piece of paper is staring you in the face...One of the most useful things about Raymond's book is the list of more than 150 writing prompts she offers...Raymond's prompts are so intriguing." -- Ashland Daily Tidings "Raymond has a gift for dispensing gentle, intelligent advice that even the most harried and overworked will find inspiring...Everyday Writing gives us permission to call ourselves writers, and found time to practice our craft." -- The Writer magazine "Everyday Writing: Tips and Prompts to Fit Your Regularly Scheduled Life by Midge Raymond is a slim volume with purpose - to get those writers back to the words on the page....What I loved about Raymond's book was her no-nonsense advice and her anecdotes about her own struggles with writing...Everyday Writing is just what writers need - practical advice, but not lengthy practical advice that causes them to procrastinate about their projects. Raymond's writing style is as engaging as her advice, and the writing prompts can be used for any project." -- Savvy Verse & Wit "Raymond writes in a way that gives the reader real hope that a writing life is possible. Of particular interest are Raymond's clever tips for being a writer when one doesn't feel like writing. Because of the book's size, the reader can revisit Raymond's encouragement or try a prompt any time, such as when waiting for the dentist or sitting through a child's soccer practice...Everyday Writing is a book worth owning and pocketing for those who struggle to make time for writing." -- Portland Book Review