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How To Be a Writer: building your creative skills through practice and play


This is a wise, humane and practical book for anyone who wants to write; it guides the novice and re-awakens the veteran to processes and practices which can bring out the best writing in all of us.

--Emma Darwin, author of A Secret Alchemy

How To Be A Writer is the writing coach you always wanted but never knew how to find. Distilling thirty years of writing and teaching, author Barbara Baig serves up substance and support in her own sparkling prose. Any writer in search of encouragement and inspiration needs only one notebook, one pen, and a copy of this book.
--Kate Whouley, author of Cottage for Sale, Must Be Moved

"If you are a writer in search of your unique voice, creative authority, and natural way with words, make How To Be a Writer the first book you read. Aspiring communicators in any genre will benefit from Barbara's sound, timeless advice on the importance of skill-building, learning by doing, and making the most of the frustration certain to arise along the way. You'll walk away with a more complete understanding of how successful writing happens and how you can tap into your own innate writing ability."
--Christina Katz, Author of Get Known Before the Book Deal and Writer Mama

“Barbara Baig’s approach to writing as ‘practice and play’ makes good sense—and yet we’ve never heard it before. In strong, clear, humorous prose, Barbara teaches writers skills they can use right away to start making the writing process their own.”
--Janet Pocorobba, Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Lesley University MFA Program in Creative Writing

“Barbara Baig’s passion for teaching writing infuses every lesson she offers. She demystifies the most complex writing techniques and makes them accessible to all writers.”
--Lisa Robinson, M.D., Child Psychiatrist in private practice, Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School

“Barbara is a wonderful and inspiring writing teacher, offering clear and helpful suggestions and enthusiastic support! ”
--Liz Walker, M.Div., host of Better Living on WCVB Television and former CBS4 (WBZ-TV, Boston) news anchor

“I have been writing stories for children for many years and wrote many memoranda and briefs during my career as an attorney, but I still found the course I took from Barbara invaluable to my growth as a writer. Any guide to writing that Barbara authors will be a welcome and well thumbed addition to my bookshelf.”
--Laurie A. Jacobs, author, A Box of Candles

“Barbara Baig is that rare writing teacher who has a great deal to offer experienced writers as well as those new to the craft. She inspires students and gives them the tools to hone their craft—no matter what level they begin on.”
--Karen Rafinski, award-winning medical and science journalist

"For anyone who worries that writers are born, not made, nothing is more terrifying than a blank page waiting to be filled. Barbara Baig takes the mystery out of the process and shows that, with a little practice and an open mind, good writing can come to anyone."
--Jumana Farouky, former student, now Associate Editor, TIME magazine

“Any writer, beginner or experienced, will benefit from reading Barbara Baig’s book. She shows us how to develop the skills we need as writers and, best of all, she removes the pressure to produce a finished piece before we are ready. Instead, she invites us to enjoy the freedom of practicing writing in our own time and at our own pace, and she sets out in clear, convincing words how the practice of writing can free up the writer within all of us.. ”
--Dorothy Stephens, author of Kwa Heri Means Good-Bye: Memories of Kenya, 1957-59

“Get ready to take your writing ideas across the finish line by learning the skills and strategies that will give you confidence -- and get you practicing.”
--Sage Cohen, author of Writing the Life Poetic and The Productive Writer