“Dancing on the Head of a Pen: The Practice of a Writing Life” is a memoir, advice column, instruction manual, and self-help book, nicely packaged in an easy to read novella dotted with lots of hints and practical advice for those who chose to write as a vocation. Benson shares his writing process, admits imperfections, and offers humorous insight into the life of an author. Established authors will be able to commiserate with his approaches and challenges, while those who still dream of writing can learn from his advice and experience.
Benson’s words are encouraging and inspirational, especially for those that find putting a pen to paper hard work; even if it is work that they love. “Dancing on the Head of a Pen” does not offer a step by step tutorial on how to become a novelist or author; however, the book does has a decidedly positive vibe and lends itself well for use as a motivational tool. Benson provides a strong selection of resources at the end of the book aimed to help writers achieve both written success and life contentedness.
“Dancing on the Head of a Pen is a pure delight to read. Encouraging, honest, practical, and important. I needed this book.”
—Melody Carlson, author of more 200 books including Finding Alice
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.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.