Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Book Review: Grit for the Oyster by Suzanne Woods Fisher et al.

Grit for the Oyster: 250 Pearls of Wisdom for Aspiring Writers
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher et al.
Publisher: Vintage Romance Publishing (Aug. 31, 2008)
Paperback, $15.99
ISBN-10: 0981559220
ISBN-13: 978-0981559223

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.

Rating: 7/10.

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  1. with all the recent hoopla in the blogs about bad reviews and such, it seems it might be particularly beneficial for authors to read that third part about dealing with rejection...

  2. Yes, there is a piece in the book about the need for authors to develop a thick skin. It's understandable to be discouraged when someone criticizes your work, but we've seen some pretty extreme examples of that in the blogging community lately, which is unfortunate.

  3. I agree that this would be especially helpful for christian writers.

  4. I've heard mixed reviews of this one and that it's mostly geared toward Christian writers. Sounds interesting, though.

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