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Everyday Writing: Tips and prompts to fit your regularly scheduled life

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How to be a writer even when you can't write every day...

Writers are often told that in order to succeed, they must write every day-yet this isn't realistic or feasible for writers with families, day jobs, and other responsibilities that preclude a daily writing practice. Everyday Writing is about how to be a writer every day, even if you're unable to sit down to write
Paperback, 150 pages
Published May 2012 by Ashland Creek Press
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Erika Dreifus
Terrific book. I received a review copy and am thrilled to have hosted a Q&A with the author.
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Many of the writing suggestions in this book (have a clear space to write, set goals, etc) can be found in other books about writing. What can’t be found is this: The idea that if we don’t write every day then we should feel guilty. I’ve read so many writing books that spend an inordinate amount of time chastising the audience for not setting up a writing time in a specific place, at a specific time and writing for a set period of time. If we don’t do these things then we can’t be taken ...more
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This small but mighty book fits perfectly in the pocket of my netbook sleeve, so no matter where I write, I’ll be able to take it along for inspiration and a variety of helpful writing suggestions.

The first half of the book is a series of short chapters centered on making the most of your writing time, like "How to write when you’re not really writing" and "How to meet your writing goals."

The second half is packed with prompts for every occasion. Most involve writing, but some simply provoke
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Raymond does a wonderful job of alleviating the guilt writers like myself feel when we don't write every day. She gives us permission to write when we are not writing, and tips on how to do so. Also half the book is full with invaluable prompts that she has fine-tuned from many years teaching and coaching writing.
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Really wonderful book for writerly inspiration. I plan to keep it handy and return to it often.
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"How much of what we need is already with us, and how much of it exists in the things we own?" is just one of many provocative questions Midge Raymond asks in her new book EVERYDAY WRITING: TIPS AND PROMPTS TO FIT YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED LIFE. Raymond is a gifted writer herself (Her book, FORGETTING ENGLISH, is available from Press 53), and a generous one. For several years she's been offering workshops on both coasts, and publishing prompts and tips on her blog ( and in ...more
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Everyday Writing by Midge Raymond. The first portion of the book contains writing and motivational tips, such as: "...I don't subscribe to the notion that if we don't sit down to write every day, we'll never accomplish anything," and "If you're motivated, you can and will fit in your writing."
I admit to being a procrastinator when it comes to writing. I don't take a few minutes to write when I could, and instead do something like clean, do a parenting task, or work on a crossword
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Everyday Writing: Tips and Prompts to Fit Your Regularly Scheduled Life by Midge Raymond is a slim volume with purpose — to get those writers back to the words on the page. Raymond is a busy woman, like most writers, and she holds a full-time job in addition to writing. Her advice is on point and should be taken to heart — by me especially. The book is broken down into two main sections — tips on how to become a writer and stay in that mode and a series of writing prompts broken down my expected ...more
Jackie Bouchard
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of buying a copy of this book directly from the author after a class on the same "everyday writing" subject. Both the class and the book provided me with smack-yourself-on-the-forehead "why haven't I been doing it that way?" moments.

The book is short - but I appreciated that. Who has the time to wade through big, long books on writing? Let's get to the meat! And then get back to our own writing!

The first half is full of great suggestions and helpful tips and I'm sure you'll
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
"Everyday Writing: Tips and prompts to fit your regularly scheduled life" is realistic writing book. It is a quick guide book that is easy to follow and understand. (Unlike a lot of other writing guides and books I have read) This book truly does have tips and prompts that help you fit writing into your daily life. I would recommend this writing guide to any beginning writer. Or any other writer who needs inspired to start or keep writing.
Sayantani Dasgupta
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Midge Raymond's craft book has been invaluable to me this year. I bought it soon after it was released. Since then, not only have I had fun with the prompts myself, I have tried a few of them out with my students and friends, and they have enjoyed the prompts as well. The book is easily accessible and very helpful for generating new writing.Midge Raymond
Mindy Mejia
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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A wonderful resource for every busy writer! One of the few craft books that understands life can't always come second to writing.
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Practical and just what I need, every time I pick it up. Make time. Have help. Do the work.
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Short but very well written.

I found a lot of tips to help me with everyday writing, and will be implementing those I did not already know into my routine.

I scanned the prompts, which I found organized in a thoughtful manner, and will use as needed and appropriate in the future.
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Midge Raymond is the author of the novel My Last Continent and a short-story collection, Forgetting English, which received the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. Her stories have appeared in TriQuarterly, American Literary Review, North American Review, Bellevue Literary Review, the Los Angeles Times magazine, Poets & Writers, and many other publications.

Midge is also the author of Everyday