Many of us, myself included, all feel that we have something inside of us… our story… that needs to come out. We may feel that there is something about it that can offer hope or help to someone else. But how many of us really know what a writing life is. How to get started, what it takes, what you have to be willing to give.
So here is this little book called “Dancing on the Head of a Pen” by Robert Benson. Like my review says, it is more than a how-to book about how to write a book. It really is a look into the authors’ years and years of being a writer, the good and the not so good.
Do I still feel that I have a story… yes I do. It’s in there, it just needs to find a way to come out. In God’s time and in His way… I know that it will.
Dancing on the Head of a Pen: The Practice of a Writing Life by Robert Benson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“In this masterful blend of the practical and the spiritual, Robert Benson invites you into the work and rewards of a writer’s life. More than a primer on effective writing, Dancing on the Head of a Pen is a winsome guide to the place in the heart where the life of the spirit meets the life of art.”
Dancing on the Head of a Pen by Robert Benson is a book about “The Practice of a Writing Life”, or so the book cover states… in other words, this is a book about writing a book. Well how cool is that. It intrigued me to pick it up and read it.
And how blessed was I to be able to read it. This is more than a how-to book on how to write a book. It is an elegant, yet simple 165+-page handbook of sorts where we are given the privilege to see inside the process of being a writer. Filled with personal anecdotes and tips for the writer, the author openly shares his highs and lows, his successes and failures of his writing career… which is more than a career, it is his art. This book was a true joy to read.
About the Author: Robert Benson is the author of numerous books, including The Echo Within, Digging In, and Home by Another Way. A retreat leader, Benson writes and speaks often on the life of prayer and contemplation, the practice of faith and spirituality, and the art and craft of writing. He is a graduate of and an adjunct faculty member for the Academy for Spiritual Formation, a program of The Upper Room. He is married to the literary agent Sara Fortenberry. Benson lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and he dances on the head of a pen every day no matter where he happens to be.
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