Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice Book Review

At the beginning of their career, every young writer has a long list of questions. The problem is that the list of answers, depending on whom is asked, is often longer than the questions.

Earlier this year, respected writer Colum McCann, published Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice. Though the book is small and the essays contained within the book are short, they are reassuring, inspiring and powerful. He speaks of the writing process from the start of the initial draft (shaping character and narrative) to editing (the dreaded kill your darlings) to hopeful publication and the many rejections that will come before one is hopefully published.

As a writer who hopes to be published one day, I found this book to be a worthy read. The one thing that strikes me about the book is that he takes the reader/young writer on a journey from initial draft to publication. Is that path easy or smooth? Not by a long shot. But if one goes on the journey and is willing to deal with the pot holes along the way, they may have the success they have working and yearning for.

I absolutely recommend it.

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