Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A Cup of Comfort for Writers: Inspirational Stories That Celebrate the Literary Life” as Want to Read:
A Cup of Comfort for Writers: Inspirational Stories That Celebrate the Literary Life
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

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

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  13 reviews
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)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about A Cup of Comfort for Writers, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about A Cup of Comfort for Writers

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.73  · 
Rating details
 ·  60 ratings  ·  13 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of A Cup of Comfort for Writers: Inspirational Stories That Celebrate the Literary Life
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
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.
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
Sandra Savell
rated it it was amazing
Nov 26, 2019
Jen Catudio
rated it liked it
Aug 27, 2011
rated it liked it
Jul 30, 2019
Amie Hartwig
rated it it was amazing
Apr 05, 2013
rated it it was amazing
Dec 17, 2009
rated it it was amazing
Aug 03, 2019
Anatolij Grigorjev
rated it really liked it
Jun 21, 2019
Meghan Sochocki
rated it liked it
Aug 01, 2014
rated it it was ok
Jul 30, 2014
Matt Jorgensen
rated it really liked it
Mar 22, 2017
Naley Gonzalez
rated it it was amazing
Apr 16, 2015
rated it it was amazing
Sep 25, 2014
rated it really liked it
Apr 08, 2009
rated it it was amazing
Apr 21, 2017
D Lynn
rated it it was amazing
Apr 27, 2015
rated it really liked it
Oct 28, 2016
Julie M
rated it really liked it
Jul 07, 2009
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Call of the Writer's Craft: Writing and Selling the Book Within
  • The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction: 6 Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Bestseller!
  • The 1-Minute Writer: 396 Microprompts to Spark Creativity and Recharge Your Writing
  • Grammar Sucks: What to Do to Make Your Writing Much More Better
  • Clojure Cookbook: Recipes for Functional Programming
  • The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master
  • Holy Bible: New International Version
  • A Writer's Space: Make Room to Dream, to Work, to Write
  • 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists: Insider Secrets from Top Writers
  • The Last Life of Prince Alastor (Prosper Redding, #2)
  • An Easy Death (Gunnie Rose, #1)
  • The Bookshop
  • La Tresse
  • State of the Union: A Marriage in Ten Parts
  • History: A Very Short Introduction
  • Journalism: A Very Short Introduction
  • The Romanov Prophecy
  • Diary of a Haunting (Diary of a Haunting, #1)
See similar books…

Goodreads is hiring!

If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you.
Learn more »
Colleen Sell is a freelance writer and editor with expertise in book and magazine development and a passion for storytelling. Her professional experience also includes content development & management and marketing communications development & management.

Since 1999, Colleen has provided writing, editing, ghostwriting, proofreading, editorial development, content management, publishing consulting,

Related Articles

You might know comedian Colin Jost from his work as the co-anchor of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, or perhaps you know him as Scarlett Joha...
14 likes · 1 comments