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Rumors of Water: Thoughts on Creativity & Writing

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  83 ratings  ·  13 reviews
An Annie Dillard-style writing book that follows the writer's life as much as her philosophy about creativity and writing. Aspiring and accomplished writers will find a place to breathe, in both the memoir-stories and tips that seamlessly address major aspects of creative life-from inspiration to individual voice; from helpful habits, networking and publishing, to reasons ...more
Paperback, 166 pages
Published August 28th 2011 by T.S. Poetry Press
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A friend of mine recommended this book to me. It's a publish-as-it's-ordered book, which made me think it was going to come to me as a mimeographed chapbook or something. But it's a regular, good old, bound book. At first, I was put off a bit. The author reflects on her experiences with her children and relates them to writing (I believe she's mainly a poet). Sort of like object lessons for children in the middle of a church service. You bring in some pedestrian object to show the children, such ...more
The author weaves in her wisdom and advice on writing while engaging the reader in her life---especially her life with her girls. She teaches by doing what she is teaching. Is that not the best way to learn? Even if you don't write with same voice as the author, I think anyone who writes will agree with most of her insights and enjoy her creativity in sharing them. I personally enjoyed the stories of her interactions with her girls---the way she teaches them as they live their lives. A book to p ...more
Aug 01, 2012 Lexanne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All writers and artists.
Shelves: favorites, writing
This is such a lovely book. It doesn't "teach" in the way a classroom teacher would expect. Steps and rules and rights and wrongs. As a classroom teacher, I believe we need to break of these confining boxes. We need to read books such as "Rumors of Water" to experience what real writing is and how we can obtain joy from place our words on a page.

L.L. Barkat is a poet and her words inspire. She shares all. It is they way we should write.
Rumors of Water is a gentle book on writing, offering the author's short chapters reflecting on "home educating" her two girls as writers and how these experiences inform the larger creative process and the nature of writing. No hidden mysteries just a book that is simple and enjoyable to read and, in the end, wise.
I love this book. It's one that's on my re-read lists. Barkat has a way of writing that is just...yes, yes, yes. Some of it may be due to her relationship with poetry. Another part of it may be her thoughts on God, family, and her role as a writer.
A woman who is a writer and home schools her children writes some lessons on writing and life. Some very good parts, a little bit on the light side for me as far as content goes.
JoDee Luna
L.L. Barkat will stir up your desire for spiritual things. A great read if you are wanting to go deeper with God.
Delightful and Deep, though seemingly simple to read. I thoroughly enjoyed each short chapter.
Recommend for those who are attempting to find their creativity.
So much wisdom, but written efficiently and poetically. So good.
Amy Young
Beautiful. Poetic. Helpful.
Absolutely lovely.
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