Best Audience: Writers of all levels, particularly those who use writing as a self-reflective tool or want to deepen their understanding of their characters
There was a time when I needed regular writing prompts to get my mind moving. (Yes, that’d be as recent as yesterday.) At one point, I had boxes of old postcards, magazines, and other imagery I’d picked up along side a small selection of books from which I’d randomly choose for writing exercises. The box is long gone as are most of the books. Walking on Alligators: A Book of Meditations for Writers by Susan Shaughnessy has made the cut again and again.
Shaughnessy’s work is a collection of 200 very short essays on a variety of topics. Each includes a quotation and a set of meditations or questions to help inspire your thought process. They were gathered specifically for writers, although I imagine that anyone looking to soft through the chaff to get to the seeds of life would benefit from working with these meditations. I have used them with a focus on my characters when I’ve felt stuck, for getting my personal writing moving, and for inspiring new stories. I’ve shared some of them with students, too, to help them break through blocks and get moving on their writing, too.
I recommend Walking on Alligators: A Book of Meditations for Writers by Susan Shaughnessy to writers and seekers who want to deepen their self-understanding or understanding of their subject. If you like short exercises and deep thoughts, Shaughnessy is sure to satisfy.
Bottom Line: Walking on Alligators: A Book of Meditations for Writers by Susan Shaughnessy has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf.
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