Grit for the Oyster: 250 Pearls of Wisdom for Aspiring Writers
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher et al.
Publisher: Vintage Romance Publishing (Aug. 31, 2008)
With Grit for the Oyster, authors Suzanne Woods Fisher, Debora M. Coty, Faith Tibbetts McDonald and Joanna Bloss have created an excellent resource for aspiring writers.
The book is divided into four sections: The first deals with embarking on a writing career, the second addresses the daily grind of writing, the third focuses on dealing with rejection, and the fourth section centers on keeping your perspective as a writer.
The four authors take turns with short devotional essays. Each essay includes a related Bible verse, pertinent quotations from established writers, questions for deeper reflection and introspection, and a suggested prayer. The authors tackle issues such as dealing with distractions, handling both success and failure, honing and using your voice, balancing faith with writing, and persevering in the face of self-doubt.
While I believe that the advice contained in Grit for the Oyster would be helpful for any writer, it will be especially beneficial to Christians. The format lends itself perfectly to use as a daily devotional.
I particularly enjoyed the carefully selected quotations that accompanied each essay. The insights of industry professionals and successful authors such as Dr. Gary Chapman, Terri Blackstock, Liz Curtis Higgs, Tricia Goyer and David Kopp are an inspirational addition to the book.
The presentation is a bit bland, and I would have liked an index for easier reference to specific issues, but the excellent advice and encouraging message outshine these minor flaws.
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