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Page After Page: Discover the Confidence & Passion You Need to Start Writing & Keep Writing (No Matter What!)

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You Are a WriterBelieve It!

False starts. Self-doubt. Mind games. They end the moment you pick up this book. With an inspiring mix of humor, wisdom, and creativity, "Page After Page" shows you how to find the courage and commitment to start writing and keep writing.

Author Heather Sellers draws on twenty years of teaching and personal writing experience to provide lively ane
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published November 15th 2004 by Writer's Digest Books
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Colin Marks
Feb 28, 2014 Colin Marks rated it liked it
Shelves: writing-books
'Page after page' is one of those books that probably sits better with American readers, no offence to my friends on the other side of the Atlantic. Us Brits are a cynical lot, we just like to be told where we're going wrong and how to fix it, everything else is fluff, padding that gets in the way. Motivational razzmatazz, ra-ra pep talks, 'you are the centre of your world' kind of sentiments, all that stuff appeals to America's go-get-em culture.

I stopped reading this book twice but kept findin
Jan 02, 2009 Jaymi rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2007, writing
Writing is my trade. Words are the currancy and writing help books are market watchers. Page After Page discusses and promotes a whole writing lifestyle. Sellers writes about how she came to her writing by meeting the trade, page after page, each day. She gently nudges you to the page by telling you stories of her triumphs and failures to meet the page every day. Through her stories and almost memoir-like writing, the reader learns how meeting the blank page and writing can lead to a writer's li ...more
I thought it was genius that Sellers suggests the reader discover and deepen one's writing by thinking "Love Affair." This was such a great analogy — because when I'm in the mist of writing, my behavior definitely parallels how one acts with a new lover. When you're in love, you can't wait to see your lover, and you think about him/her day and night. You make plans around being with your lover. Friends and family can wait. That is exactly how I feel about my writing.

But aside from the 'Lover' an
Jan 20, 2014 Suzanne rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Heather Sellers's Chapter After Chapter -- that one hit me at the perfect time and, although a lot of the get-up-off-your-ass-and-finish-your-book books tell you the same thing, there was something in the way she put those things that really resonated with me.

With this one... well, not quite. It's not bad advice and I don't mind the way she gives it, but the timing was wrong. This was the one I should have read eons ago when I was having those nascent thoughts about becoming a w
Jun 14, 2010 Ciara rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
yes, yet another book of writing advice. i should really start a shelf for these kinds of books too, because i love them. this one caught my eye because it's very small & cute & the cover is that multi-media cartoon artwork style that i find so attractive. when i started reading the book, i was a little iffy about it. heather's writing style involves a lot of sentence fragments, which is of course a stylistic choice, but not one that appeals to me. it always feels very affected & may ...more
Theresa Milstein
Jan 21, 2011 Theresa Milstein rated it really liked it
Long title, right? Ms. Sellers recommends: write everyday, have confidence, don’t whine, and don’t take rejections personally. I know, easier said than done. She provides writing exercises to help you along at the end of each chapter. (I confess; I did not do these writing exercises.)

The part of the book that spoke to me was near the end was deciding what type of writer I want to be in five years. These are taken from the book:

A closet writer. (Write every day, but never reveal you do so.)

A wann
Joy Murray
Nov 20, 2012 Joy Murray rated it really liked it
Shelves: writing-help
I read a lot of books to keep my writing and creating spirits up. This one is the best I've read in a long time. Although she does a little finger wagging, she's very good at putting things in perspective -- like how much more important it is for you to write than to be popular or save the world. She has great techniques for making time to write, which is often a matter of making writing an important goal. She urges you to fall in love with writing. I think anyone can benefit from her frank advi ...more
Aug 18, 2010 Meow rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, writing
This book is very inspiring. It comes with a distinct caveat: not every chapter will apply to every reader. But as you traverse the pages, you will find moments, sections, and chapters where you go "Oh, that's me!", and even when the words aren't applying to you, they are definitely entertaining. Heather Sellers is a great writer and a positive force that will get you excited to write in a way that drier, more technical "so you want to be a writer" books won't accomplish. She makes yoga comparis ...more
Jul 11, 2016 Morpheyy rated it liked it
I was really excited at the start, but I think I took too long to finish the book - my interest and excitement petered out towards the end. The author hooked me with all the problems she described that writers have - I never knew "real" writers had the same problems as I did - a complicated relationship with writing, and days when you just dread it. And yet you are somehow sure that you still want to continue pursuing this hobby/calling. Another thing I really loved about this book is that it fe ...more
Tamara Hill Murphy
I don't know if I'll write better after reading this book, but I'll definitely laugh at myself more in the process. And, in my book, that's a very healthy thing.

One of the best descriptions I've read on the insecurity of a writer's life:
"Writers are people who are comfortable with intense contradictions. They are the people who live with a high degree of anxiety. Becoming a writer means learning how to write, every day, without missing a day. In order to do this, writers have to gently embrace a
Jul 07, 2008 Katherine rated it really liked it
This is a wonderfully helpful book for anyone who has been telling themselves, "I'd really like to write, if only...."
Sellers gets you back at your desk, day after day, with stories from her own writing life, exercises and writing prompts, and lots of great advice. Highly recommended!
Mar 28, 2016 Eveningstar2 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: writers
Read in one sitting. Sellers's advice follows the path that Bradbury laid out a few decades earlier. She is warm, comforting, never adversarial or professorial; her advice comes from a place of compassion and experience. She never looks down on you or exhorts you or tries to capitalize on your guilt. This is comfort-reading, like getting a hug from an old friend.

Definitely recommended to new, aspiring, or even experienced writers who feel a bit lost, are struggling with resistance, feel stressed
Ayako Ezaki
Feb 04, 2014 Ayako Ezaki rated it liked it
I bought this book many years ago, started reading it, and for whatever reason stopped after the first chapter. I did like the message ("you can write, and if you want to write better you should write more") and I did find it encouraging, but somehow I stopped. I picked it up again this year and decided to give it another try. I'm glad that I did, although I'd say there wasn't much more that I learned from it.

I did get the message, appreciate it, and agree with it from the start, so as I read o
Beth Konkoski-Bates
Jul 24, 2013 Beth Konkoski-Bates rated it it was amazing
My favorite recent writing book. Terrific voice and some great thinking about reading. I liked most of the exercises. Will reread parts of it often.
Sue Mortensen
Nov 08, 2014 Sue Mortensen rated it really liked it
I didn't like this book at first. (I didn't like the lover analogy.) But it grew on me and I learned a lot and I am thinking of giving it as Christmas gifts to my writer friends. I have ordered Chapter after Chapter and am anxious to read that also. She does a good job of dispelling the myths and hype of being a writer. I like the no nonsense approach she promotes of looking at yourself as a writer - and that it doesn't really matter what other people think about that - or do with what you write ...more
Sep 17, 2011 Andre rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing
I bought this book, read the first chapter or two, got scared and left it on my nightstand untouched for nearly a year. The cover freaked me out, the writing style had an odd air to it that didn't sit well with my sense of composition, and, I told my self, the first two chapters were all too familiar, sounding, on the surface, a repeat of "You can do it!" rah-rah. The truth was, I was terrified...terrified because I could feel the truth in the vibrations of Heather Seller's words as they plucked ...more
♥ Ibrahim ♥

She is soft, gentle like a sweet, refreshing breeze in how she writes and communicates. It feels as if she goes inside my head, reads my mind and write down all she sees. I feel like she is sitting and speaking to my heart and telling me not to be intimidated or yield in to resistance that results from fear. I will speak to my Self as she has instructed, "Thank you for your concerns, but I am going to go ahead and do my best work, in spite of the limitations of my new chosen direction." I am not
Sep 14, 2011 Mdk rated it really liked it
Heather begins the book by examining how we can integrate writing, willingly, into our lives. She says that we should invite writing into our lives as we would a lover, an analogy she quite enthusiastically continues with throughout the book. I'm not complaining, though it reminds me how lonely I really am. lol.

The style of her writing is very fluid and poetic, similar to Natalie Goldberg's.

In Chapter 3 she compares writing to a lover. Is your lover in the center, or on the side? It seems as th
Aspen Junge
Mar 31, 2013 Aspen Junge rated it really liked it
I loved reading this book. I want to start doing the exercises in it daily (as soon as I find the time, of course).

Sellers describes not how to write, although some of that creeps in as well, but more of how to create a writing lifestyle; one in which daily pages are routine, almost inevitable. It takes work to get there, of course (it can take years of daily effort to fully integrate writing into your life), and this book is a road map for getting from where you are to where you need to be. The
Drew Constance

Page after Page is a love letter to your writing self, your whole self that lives and loves for words. Whether it be the words of others, or your own. Challenging, confronting, nurturing, and honest this is one of the best books on writing I have read.
Jorja Oliva
Mar 21, 2014 Jorja Oliva rated it it was amazing
After I finished my first novel and in the process of working back and forth with my editor I read this book. I loved it. I loved the fact that I was able to really relate to a REAL author. I giggle now because I was a real author! Thanks for the great book!
Aug 16, 2015 Pewterbreath rated it it was amazing
Simply one of the best writing guides out there. Her advice is simple, to the point, and realistic, and her goal is simply to get you writing more. I would recommend this to anybody, new or experienced to the craft.
Dec 13, 2012 Callathump rated it really liked it
"Ideas kill art.
Compost feeds it.
Compost is dark, stinky, and messy.
It's not sex abuse, Mommy Dearest, the awful things that happened to you.
It's what happened to you, what stuck onto your soul. My main job as a teacher is to get students to write their compost; compost is where everything fascinating and good is. And it's under you. It's in the backyard of you. Stop going across town. Stop importing stories that aren't really yours. If you aren't dreaming down deep into your own history, your
Carol Nolte
Jan 22, 2016 Carol Nolte rated it liked it
Inspiration for starting and sticking to a writing project. First chapter is especially good to get you off the fence and stop resisting change.
September Michaud
Dec 13, 2013 September Michaud rated it it was amazing
This is such a good writing book. It's full of thoughtful writing exercises to help you warm-up to the habit of writing. It's also very encouraging and nurturing. It focuses a lot on the anxiety that writing can and will bring about, and how you should just accept it. Self-doubt is a part of writing. Worrying that you're wasting your time is a part of writing. Sounds fun, doesn't it? Anyway, this book tells how to deal with it. It focuses on making writing a daily habit. It inspires writing for ...more
Terry Cohoe
Jul 13, 2015 Terry Cohoe rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I love Sellers' voice, conversational, instructional, very pleasant. After each chapter, she has exercises to be completed. Most of them are unique and helpful. Most I had not heard about before reading the book. I did complete a lot of them and found them beneficial.

She shares insights into her life of writing, including some of the ugly stuff and mentions that most writing careers are stop and start sort of things, "Writing is in large part picking up where you lef
Andy Hollums
Jan 20, 2011 Andy Hollums rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, writing, mymap
I found Page after Page very helpful. There were times when I was encouraged, and other times when I had to sort of think a little deeper about what it means to be a writer. Ultimately, Heather Sellers is extremely positive. I walked away from this book with a desire to write and the conviction that I can be a writer. Most of the exercises were useful in prompting previously non-existent writing routine. I look forward to seeing my writing life change as a result of following the advice Mrs. Sel ...more
Ron Seybold
Sep 21, 2014 Ron Seybold rated it it was amazing
One of the best books for keeping your keys or your pen moving. Thoughtful, gentle and honest.
Lisa Kanarek
Jan 08, 2015 Lisa Kanarek rated it really liked it
This is a great motivator to write every day. The exercises are helpful and practical.
Jan 17, 2014 Amira rated it it was ok
I think, at this point, the most relatable to me is Part 1, Blank Pages: Creating a new writing self.

Sellers uses humour to put her point across. But it don't necessarily click with me in terms of motivation. She does give good ideas though.
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Heather Sellers has a PhD in English/Creative Writing from Florida State University. She’s a professor of English at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, where she teaches poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction writing courses. She won an NEA grant for fiction and her first book of fiction, Georgia Under Water, was part of the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers program.
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“I treat my writing life like a fabulous, enchanting lover, because that is what it is to me. Something that is terribly time consuming, delicious and time-stopping. I have missed important meetings for love, and I will continue to put my writing life in the same position. My writing life is the lover at the center, not the neglected cranky demanding millstone, my ball and chain.
When you are love, truly and passionately, you don't have to write down in your daily schedule "Spend quality time with Lover today. You can't not.”
“I treat my writing life like a fabulous, enchanting lover, because that is what it is to me. Something that is terribly time consuming, delicious and time-stopping. I have missed important meetings for love, and I will continue to put my writing life in the same position. My writing life is the lover at the center, not the neglected cranky demanding millstone, my ball and chain.
When you are love, truly and passionately, you don't have to write down in your daily schedule "Spend quality time with Lover today." You can't not.”
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