*This Writing Life: A Writer Writes On!* is the third of Joseph Sutton’s books on writing. This is not your run-of-the-mill writing book. It’s different because Sutton, a writer of almost 50 years, is a staunch cheerleader for beginning and unknown writers. He believes that any writer who takes his profession seriously is equal to any writer who has ever lived. The reason: every writer has a perspective and voice that is uniquely his own.
The main thrust of *This Writing Life* is Sutton’s “Four Rules of Writing”: (1) Sit down to write, (2) Deadline yourself, (3) Write as fast as you can, and (4) Revise, revise, revise. Due to his belief in these "Rules," Sutton shows how he gets ideas and makes stories, essays and books out of them.
You will get a picture of what it is to be a writer from this book’s 48 short chapters. Every facet of writing is covered: “How to Gain Confidence as a Writer,” “Self-Publishing,” “Selling and Promoting a Book,” “Procrastination,” “Perseverance,” “Overcoming Writer’s Block,” “How to Get Writing Ideas,” and many more.
This book is the perfect motivator for beginners and unknowns to sit down and start writing.