Writer’s Block Addressed in Award Nominated Book
“The Seven Secrets of the Prolific: How to Overcome Writer’s Block, Finish Your Projects and Enjoy Your Life” by Hillary Rettig is the self-help book for people who hate self-help books. It is a follow up to “The Lifelong Activist: How to Change the World Without Losing Your Way” that addressed activist burnout. Rettig is a committed activist and a writer and she knows her audience. Self-serving hacks try to capitalize on the struggling writer by offering useless advice. Rettig is not one of those people.
This book was an appealing selection for Left Eye On Books Independent Readers’ Choice Awards because burnout and writer’s block among activists is something so common, but it is rarely discussed. A certain amount of embarrassment comes with the feeling that you did too much, you made yourself sick, or your life is failing apart because of your creative or political ambitions. Rettig challenges the idea that writer’s block and burnout is inevitable. She shows some tried and true strategies that have worked with some of the jury. We chose this book because the inner world of an activist Rettig describes is spot on.
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