Kicking In the Wall by Barbara Abercrombie
A Year of Writing Exercises, Prompts, and Quotes to Help You Break Through Your Blocks and Reach Your Writing Goals

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The book’s extensive bibliography could also serve as your lifetime library of writing at its best.
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When Patti Smith was plagued with writer’s block — “scattered and stymied, surrounded by unfinished songs and abandoned poems” — playwright Sam Shepard advised her, “When you hit a wall, just kick it in.” In these pages, Abercrombie shows readers how to do just that. Like a workout with a top trainer, her writing exercises warm up, stretch, and build creative muscle. Quotes from famous writers inspire each day’s exercise. Though Abercrombie says readers need only commit five minutes to each exercise, she writes, “I’ve seen novels, memoirs, and many essays get started” in those five minutes, “and a lot ended up being published.” Her playful, powerful method is ideal — maybe even essential — fuel for writers trying to get off the starting block, persevere through challenges, and cross their personal creativity finish lines.
 

About Barbara Abercrombie

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A widely published author and editor, Barbara Abercrombie teaches at the UCLA Extension Writer's Program. She lives in Santa Monica, California.
 
Published April 15, 2013 by New World Library. 248 pages
Genres: Self Help, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Helen Gallagher on Apr 15 2013

The book’s extensive bibliography could also serve as your lifetime library of writing at its best.

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