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A Writer's Guide to Persistence: How to Create a Lasting and Productive Writing Practice

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  220 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Practice. Polish. Persist.

Your writing journey can take you many places: hiking through steep mountains, traversing unknown territory, hurdling both roadblocks and rejections. Even the siren song of fame and fortune can distract you from your true purpose: to express yourself in an authentic and meaningful way, and to share your words with others.

A Writer's Guide to Persis
Paperback, 234 pages
Published May 13th 2015 by Writer's Digest Books (first published April 15th 2015)
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Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: writers of all walks concerned with process and persistence
Quick review for a quick read. I think it's difficult for me to really cover everything that Jordan Rosenfeld incorporates in this book, but I will say that I really appreciated everything she incorporates in "A Writer's Guide to Persistence." Not only does she offer expansions on challenges that writers of all levels face in the process, she offers concrete explanations on how to tackle such barriers and summarily addresses them per the various steps in the writing process. There are plenty of ...more
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is full of pragmatic, useful advice on how to write. I know that makes it sound like a craft book, but it's not. It tackles all of the off -the-page issues writers face: how to be productive, manage your time, let go of perfectionism, and avoid burnout. It's gentle, but it will also call you on your bullsh**. I'm going to add the chapter on recovering from rejection to my intro creative nonfiction syllabus. ...more
Erika Hayes
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! I read a lot of books and many are on the craft of writing. I underlined, added notes to margins and highlighted my way through this thoughtful and motivating book. Rosenfeld touches in scary subjects for writers all while encouraging and offering advice rather than lecturing on what a newer writer should do. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is considering becoming a writer. Her strategies and suggestions are helpful, insightful and will lead you to a path of consiste ...more
Alison Stegert
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a keeper. I was so fortunate to have it waiting in my library bag recently. I’d received a rejection from a literary agent I really liked, one who seemed pretty interested in my work too. But, even after some promising toing and froing, it was a ‘no’ with some lovely compliments and encouragement. Of course, in those moments all you can take in is the word that begins with N and ends in O.

Because I’ve been doing this for a while, I can roll with most rejections without being over burden
Carlos Martinez
Oct 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: writing
I found much of this book pretty irritating and cheesy, but it contains quite a few useful ideas and therefore I don't regret reading it. Most importantly, it's inspired me to establish a daily writing practice; if that sticks for a few months, I'll come back and upgrade the three stars to four :-) ...more
Robin Mccormack
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So many takeaways from this book and gave me the kick in in the butt to persist rather than resist when get stressed out and don't want to write. ...more
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s not a novel observation that the ability to persist is a key skill in a writer’s bag o’ goodies. But how? How do you keep persisting as you're being pelted relentlessly by the rejections and voices in your head?

Jordan Rosenfeld’s A Writer’s Guide To Persistence tackles this question from the roots on up. It has three parts: ‘Practice’, ‘Polish’, and ‘Persist’. Each of these main divides have several smaller sections, like ‘Push through perfectionism’; in each of these Rosenfeld discusses
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I studied this useful guide to the writing life at length, visiting and re-visiting it and taking notes. It made a great companion to Word Work by Bruce Holland Rogers, as each book approaches similar themes and insights from different vantage points.

However, where Word Work is more mystical, A Writer's Guide to Persistence is more down-to-earth. Everything about this book is designed for maximum use value. The chapters are short and easily digestible, as are the sidebars with perspectives from
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very helpful book to overcome your procrastination and get more confident in writing.
Chelsea Denard
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
So, this is the last time I'll be reading self-help-writerly-type books, as I feel they are just another form of procrastination. There are some helpful journaling exercises, but the theme was generally too vanilla for me. Maybe I kind of want a drill sergeant type of voice in my writing books. "JUST WRITE THE DAMN BOOK!" I was beginning to get tired of the "I've been there too" talk throughout, and -- at the risk of being controversial -- I grew weary of how many times the author brought up tha ...more
Michelle Stimpson
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing
This book is like a comforting friend who won't take your excuses or your crap. Rosenfeld provides no nonsense antidotes for the fears, frustrations, and rejections that get in the way of your writing practice. I will reread many of these chapters again and again.

I liked this book so well that I emailed the author while in the middle of it, to tell her how helpful I was finding it. She responded the same day to say that my comments made her day. It reminded me that authors are people, too. They
Kelly Thompson
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: about-writing
The book offers a lot of good advice for new writers, even those who have been in the craft for many years. There are some parts in which it gets a little self-helpy, but that's only in the beginning. I would highly recommend this to any writer of any genre who needs a pep talk to finish/start/edit/send out something for publication. ...more
Deborah Stanley
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jordan Rosenfeld is the author of A Writer's Guide To Persistence: How to Create a Lasting and Productive Writing Practice

I bought Jordan Rosenfeld’s Persistence book a couple of years ago and it has had a significant influence on my writing practice. I kept a notebook to record the volume of important points that caught my attention in each chapter. The book builds strategically from Chapter 1 through Chapter 25. The journey changed and strengthened my practice.

I particularly enjoyed the proce
Ramona Mead
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent rescourse for an established writer who needs reminders on why they write and how to do it well. The author starts with asking the reader to focus on their "why" and then proceeds through every aspect of writing from time management to revision to critique groups to publishing. Her writing style is positive and encouraging yet firm and honest. At the end of each chapter there are expercises both writing and physical ones. I loved her message and found the book motivating. I ...more
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fantastic, and a potent add to anyone's collection. The author's advice applies to any artistic pursuit, not merely writing, but does do a lovely job of casting it all into focus. Solid and foundational, encouraging and understanding. ...more
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There is plenty of practical advice for all writers in this book. There are chapters on submitting, publishing, productivity, and more. I learned many new things. Most importantly—never give up. Be persistent. You don’t want to be caught wondering what could have been.
Rick Davis
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As a writer I took something out of each chapter and I transferred the majority of the end-of-chapter exercises into my writing journal. I will keep this book close by my desk and refer to it when I feel myself dragging anchor.
C.J. Beaumont
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is the only thing that stopped me from burning all my manuscripts and giving up entirely. It's totally worth the read if you're a struggling author. ...more
Holli Keel
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Useful advice.
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lots of good motivation in this book for writing. I especially love her advice to create a writing practice for yourself and not for publishing or making money.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Heavily fiction but quite good.
Leda Frost
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Rosenfeld, a writer and writing instructor, is there to encourage us to show up, do the work, and keep showing up and doing the work. You'd think this was a simple formula, but writing is hardly a job in which you clock in and out; it can become an all-consuming, out of control monster that comes and goes as it pleases, wrecking your life if you let it (a side effect that often gets overlooked).

This is a book for someone who has been writing for long enough to begin to doubt their abilities or r
Richard Leis
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing
I read the Kindle version of Jordan E. Rosenfeld's wonderful A Writer's Guide to Persistence last year and then purchased it in physical form. This year I carried the book with me for a month, reading passages at work, reading chapters at home, letting it inform the writing process I've recently been in the process of building. I'm happy to report that the book is even better the second time, and especially when you have reached a point where you are writing regularly and are now creating your o ...more
Scott Neigh
A hybrid of the kind of writing book I like and find useful (thoughtful and focused on practice) and the kind of writing book I find irritating and the opposite of useful (filled with exercises and with supposed tips and tricks). On the one hand, the word "practice" is in the subtitle, the author is clearly quite thoughtful, and there is a definite emphasis on taking a long view in developing the writing self. On the other hand, there are also a lot of silly exercises and short-term tips and adv ...more
Karrie Higgins
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-by-friends
Full Disclosure: I'm a superfan of Jordan Rosenfeld, so I may be a teensy bit biased. Then again, anyone who knows her recognizes her incredible creative output, resilience in the face of rejection, and well, persistence. The woman never stops! She also happens to be a good literary citizen, offering comfort and advice to her colleagues and showcasing their work on a regular basis. As a result, she has attracted a community of writers around her.

In fact, I see "A Writer's Guide to Persistence"
B.L. Daniels
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
An excellent read to help inspire authors and give some firm but fair advice on creating a long lasting writing practice. Jordan Rosenfeld does well in re-framing a lot of common problems that writers face, from rejection to self-criticism, and gives solid advice getting through those issues with a positive attitude. There are exercises (both physical and creative) at the end of each section, so the reader can take action on what the author is advising.

For what it's worth, I enjoyed Rosenfeld ad
Richard Leis
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, writing
I purchased the Kindle version of Jordan E. Rosenfeld's wonderful A Writer's Guide to Persistence but now I need to own it in physical form, too. I want to see it on my bookshelf, its spine available at a glance to remind me that here is a resource to help me through anything related to writing.

In twenty-five short chapters, Rosenfeld provides a wealth of information and inspiration. After reading it all the way through, now I can revisit it more slowly, with the chapters I need at whatever stag
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Writer’s Guide to Persistence discusses the non-writing barriers that can prevent writers from moving forward in our work and includes many practical tips and strategies for overcoming those obstacles. Rosenfeld’s writing creates a safe, rational forum for addressing issues such as self-sabotage, creating boundaries, dealing with rejection, staying focused, and keeping on track with individual goals and vision. Her focus on writing as a practice invites a spiritual calm fitting of the subject ...more
Zed Amadeo
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Writers' Guide to Persistence is like an old friend you call up whenever you're feeling a little down who always manages to cheer you up and get you motivated again. Lots of books can teach you about the craft of writing. This guide focuses on getting you into the proper mindset to make the most of your writing goals and overcome those inevitable bumps (like perfectionism, envy, and rejection, just to name a few) that get in the way, along with tips for balancing your writing with other aspe ...more
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfic, craft
Persistence in so many things is key. In writing it's vital. This book spoke eloquently to so many pitfalls--tangible and emotional--writer's struggle with on their word-making journey. With almost every chapter I recognized myself and my struggles, but also my strengths and having what I've done "well" reinforced. Really like Rosenfeld's gentle approach, one that isn't saccharine or placating or offering excuses, but rather coming from a place of positive motivation.

This is a good book to read
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Jordan E. Rosenfeld is an author, editor, and freelance writer. She is the author of WOMEN IN RED, NIGHT ORACLE, FORGED IN GRACE, as well as the writing guides: How to Write a Page Turner, Writing the Intimate Character, Writing Deep Scenes, A Writer's Guide to Persistence, Make A Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time, which is now in its second edition, and "Write Free: Attracting ...more

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