C h a z z W r i t e s . c o m

Write and publish with love and fury.

Lynda Barry tells What It Is

This is a book about writing like you’ve never seen:


If you know Lynda Barry‘s work, you  know hers is an inimitable style. But I grok her. I had some reservations as I plucked the book from the shelf, but when somebody bares their soul in their art, you either look away embarrassed and confused or you look deeper, identify and get swallowed up, too.

Her ideas on writing prompts could get you going. Letting go to get going appeals to me. Most of all? I understand what she means by escaping into writing and getting “that floaty feeling.” If you write, you know what she means, too. If you don’t, buy What It Is, do the exercises and find your way into The Float. 

The immediate rewards of writing (slipping through “the escape hatch” as Stephen King puts it) are right now. Even as I write this, I feel a tickle in my brain. Some happy dopamine is spreading somewhere through my skull as I type this. I’m a junkie.

You may or not get published, but there’s more to it than that, isn’t there?

Some people don’t get that, so I ask them this: “Did you ever play tennis or run or swim? Did you keep doing it even though you knew you weren’t going to end up at Wimbledon, the Boston Marathon or the Olympics?”

Filed under: authors, book reviews, Books, publishing, Writers, Writing exercise, writing tips, , , , , ,

Winner of Writer's Digest's 2014 Honorable Mention in Self-published Ebook Awards in Genre

The first 81 lessons to get your Buffy on

More lessons to help you survive Armageddon

"You will laugh your ass off!" ~ Maxwell Cynn, author of Cybergrrl

Available now!

Fast-paced terror, new threats, more twists.

An autistic boy versus our world in free fall

Suspense to melt your face and play with your brain.

Action like a Guy Ritchie film. Funny like Woody Allen when he was funny.

Jesus: Sexier and even more addicted to love.

You can pick this ebook up for free today at this link: http://bit.ly/TheNightMan

For my author site and the Chazz network, click the blood spatter below.

See my books, blogs, links and podcasts.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 9,754 other followers

Brain Spasms a la Twitter

  • RT @LisaT850: After what I've witnessed today on America's beaches, my rounds at the hospital are over. I don't love you enough to give you… 4 hours ago
  • RT @StephenPunwasi: Gramps is a better dancer than most guys a quarter his age. https://t.co/ugReaMvBu5 5 hours ago
  • RT @AWKWORDrap: Just as they did after the cop killing of Sean Reed and two others in 8 hours in Indianapolis, the cops are tear gassing pe… 18 hours ago
  • RT @Alyssa_Milano: Police need to be convicted for the murder of George Floyd. How many black lives need to be lost for us to understand th… 18 hours ago
%d bloggers like this: