Letters to a Young Writer by Colum McCann (124)

I picked up this book over the Christmas Holiday. It was again among the new books at my local library. And the title intrigued me.

The book was a bit surprising in that I expected to read a book that has a lot of tips for young writers. However, this wasn’t the case really. Instead, what I did receive as I started reading it are inspiring tidbits on how to write with authenticity. This then has become one of the most unusual books that I read about writing. It does so much more than offer advice. It teaches you how to look at the world as an authentic writer.

There’s an old saying: writers are always writing, whether or not they are sitting in front of a computer screen or piece of paper, holding a pen. This is because whether consciously or unconsciously, we are always looking for material to write about. This is especially the case if we have been bitten by the writer’s bug and we know that we want to write.

McCann shows the reader precisely how to be that writer–that one that is full of intrigue and wonder and amazement in all that is in the world around him.

The world is really a canvass for the writer to see, hear, touch, taste, smell and take in. I know how overwhelming this is because I too am a writer. I know how it is to be sitting in a restaurant and wonder what kind of life the person who is sitting in front of me has.

If you are a writer, this book is definitely for you. But if you’re not a writer, you may become one quite quickly after reading this book!  So, proceed with caution. Unless, of course, you want to become a writer!  Then run to your local library and take it out.

This is a book that I will read and re-read over the years. It is deep and authentic.

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