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A Cup of Comfort for Writers: Inspirational Stories That Celebrate the Literary Life

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As every writer knows, keeping the faith isn't always easy. On those days when you find yourself literally at a loss for words, you may long for a little writer's TLC. In A Cup of Comfort for Writers, you'll meet more than fifty writers who, just like you, have faced down that empty page and won! From a woman who enters an elite writing program at the age of forty, and pro ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Cup of Comfort (first published 2007)
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Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
I picked out this book imagining that it'll get me inspired to write as a quote I read somewhere during my teenage years that "Those who read will write"... or something like that.

I've read not more than 1/4 of this book when I realised that this book is less about the comfort but more about precautions, desperations, rejections and frustrations.

There's nothing inspiring to read about and I decided to lay it down and take another to fill my time with.

If you know me well, you will know that I'
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Writers.
Recommended to Ashley by: Found at thrift store.
3.75/5 Stars

This is a collection of short stories written by writers to help inspire, or more so make other writers feel like they’re not alone in their struggle. Most of the stories are very short, on average 5 pages, so there are quite a few contained in this small volume.

I don’t have a whole lot to say about this book, so I guess really I probably shouldn’t be writing a review to begin with, yet here I am writing it.

There’s no way I can go into detail about each story because there are like 5
Sarah Joyce Bryant
Nov 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
As I began my journey into the writing life, I went in search of books that would inspire me - especially when I felt like giving up. This book did exactly that and more. Some of the essays addressed the follies experienced by new writers when sending their work out into the world and others addressed the feelings associated with the inevitable rejections letters that follow. What I gained from reading this book was a sense of camaraderie with other writers that have blazed this trail before me ...more
Lisa Glase
Dec 18, 2012 rated it liked it
This a book that probably only a writer could love - and since I'm a fledgling writer, I loved it! The stories were definitely "comforting" to me as the title suggests and made me feel I'm not alone in my insecurities about my writing. Even seasoned writers run into road blocks (or writer's block!), so all beginning writers should take heart!

P.S. Thanks Suzanne, for the loan!
Nina Ward
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing
It's difficult for most writers to stay motivated and keep encouraged in their writing dreams and aspirations.
A Cup of Comfort for Writers offers up a gulp of inspiration in each of the over fifty stories from authors who write in different genres and come from different levels in their writing journey.
Writers work in seclusion most of the day. Reading A Cup of Comfort made me feel like I wasn't alone. With almost every story, I found myself shaking my head in agreement, saying aloud, "Ye
Violet Laflamme
Dec 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
What I liked:

It's what is says on the tin. Nice comforting stories.

What I didn't like:

The quality of the stories varied a lot. None were outright bad, but it was definitely a mixed bag.


I got this book as part of a Humble Bundle. It reminds me a lot of a book from the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, except it pulls more punches. In some ways that's unfortunate. I like to read things that hit. On the other hand, the gentle nature of all of the stories do create a sort of comforting overa
Alex Roma
Jul 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Like a lot of anthologies, this was hit or miss. I think it was just a different kind of schmaltzy than I wanted (because I can't say I didn't want schmaltzy when I cracked open a book called "a cup of comfort for writers"). I didn't love that two different essays included the authors talking about the trial of raising an autistic child. But other essays did make me want to get writing, so that was something. ...more
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Charming. A gentle read a bit at a time.
Sherenna Aurafani
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Inspiring and comforting -- knowing that it's never a smooth road, the road is filled with ups and downs. ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These essays inspire me to think like a writer and to have compassion for all the challenges of getting words down and out there.
Feb 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A friend gave this to me as a gift, and it's the first "A Cup of Comfort" book that I've ever read. Writers--professional or otherwise--share their stories about their journey towards their dream of penning their own books, encountering a lot of experiences (most of them life-changing) along the way. This is a great help for me. As an aspiring writer myself, I know that the road to being a successful novelist isn't a well-paved (or a well-paid) path. Reading stories of other writers seemed to ig ...more
Beth Cato
Apr 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: in, 2008, anthology, nonfiction
I was fortunate enough to win a copy of this book on The Writer Mama Blog that was signed by Lisa Romeo, one of the contributors.[return][return]This is a very long anthology - over 300 pages - of essays on what it means to be a writer. This varies greatly depending on the voice and the background of each writer, and some of the stories are excellent. The main weakness in this book is that almost all the authors were women. I believe there were only two male authors at all. I suppose that points ...more
Jun 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
Supposed to be an inspirational read. Not really. Bought it because the author lives in Eugene, Oregon where I studied 30 years ago! Perhaps I am too cowed by my lack of confidence to really appreciate the renderings by published writers. Just another book on writing for my bookshelf.
Apr 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Great comfort
Apr 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading that these writes had/ have doubt too. However, they push past fear to write again. Very inspiring
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