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Love Letters to Writers: Encouragement, Accountability, and Truth-Telling

4.72  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  39 reviews
In 52 personal, vulnerable letters, writer Andi Cumbo-Floyd shares her personal experiences of the writing journey, offers her perspective on the writing life, and shares encouragement to help writers through the hard and the joyous days of being a writer. The letters cover everything from what it feels like to sign a book contract to the times writing draws out emotion we ...more
Paperback, 209 pages
Published November 14th 2017 by Andi Cumbo-Floyd
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Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing
These short, inspirational pieces are truly “love letters,” to writers - or anyone pursuing a creative calling. Andi Cumbo-Floyd blends practical advice about setting goals and creating effective routines with heart-felt wisdom that inspires courage and imagination. Her warm, personal writing style invites confidence and invokes a true spirit of companionship and compassion. The book is set out in 52 short “letters,” each of which is the perfect way to jump start your imagination and propel you ...more
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love Letters to Writers is an encouraging book to keep on hand for the days when you doubt yourself, your writing, or your path as a creator. Andi urges writers both to “keep going” and “wait,” to lean in to the changing seasons of a creative life. This grace-filled book is full of me-too moments.
Jacinta Meredith
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Such a great book! It was so inspirational and encouraging, and it really feels like the author knows all my internal struggles as a writer and how to deal with them.
Teresa Kander
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing
An easy to read book of short letters to writers. The letters are called "love letters" as they are full of encouraging words to get writers through those times when life and/or your writing are getting you down.

There is some advice, such as how to build your "platform," but it's more about growing in self-awareness. The author asks questions that help you dig deep, think about your writing, and most importantly, not to compare yourself to other writers.

This is a resource I will pull out and re
Shawn Smucker
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kind, honest, encouraging - this book is Andi Cumbo-Floyd at her very best. Highly recommended for any creative person looking for a gentle voice to lead them onward.
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A small book of short chapters that are each a "love letter" to writers, this book is not an advice book so much as a book to raise self-awareness of the many aspects of personality and circumstances -- of life -- that constitute being a writer. Although primarily written for those who identify as, in some sense, "professional writers", this easy-to-read book can be enjoyed by anyone who finds that they want to, or have to write - fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose, for work or pleasure, or ...more
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Like talking with a good friend. Inspiring and honest. I like that there are questions to get you to think about your own writing, how to grow and not compare. Helps a writer to be honest first with her/him self and then be able to give that honesty to the reader. Andi doesn't ask you to be like her and she does not push an agenda. It's just an honest, friendly open conversation through letters to help you be the best at your writing, your way. ...more
Shelly Mendenhall
Inspiring and encouraging

Andi’s best work to date. This book is what I call a “writer’s devotional “ although the author doesn’t share much direct scripture. She encourages you to get up and just do that thing you were called to do. Especially to write.

She reminds the reader that writing is a skill that needs to be perfected by practice. Lots and lots of practice. Furthermore, she allows you to let go of the notions that you must do so at certain times of the day, and that you should create yo
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, I was excited to delve into it. When I was halfway through, I pre-ordered another copy, because I could already think of four people who would love it. I am so happy this book is out in the world! This has become one of my favorite writing books. The kind, gentle wisdom of her letters is the perfect antidote to the frustration that often comes with writing consistently. A unique blend of practicality and encouragement ...more
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Between the covers of this book are held 52 letters filled with the encouragement, accountability, and honesty of one writer to other writers. Andi Cumbo-Floyd writes with a wide ranging stroke that allows beginners as well as seasoned writers to find these love letters incredible sources of inspiration and support. It is not often that a book on writing leaves the writer feeling as though a best friend has come alongside to support you in all phases of your craft. Andi's warmth of spirit and lo ...more
Lorna  DH
Just what I needed to read at the time I needed to read it. Thank you, Andi.
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
Sitting down to read a letter from Andi is so comforting and powerful. For the last couple of years, I've gotten her emails on writing. Having her letters compiled into this book makes it easier to access and to refer to as time goes on. Her writing is a comfort as well as a nudge to get going. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in writing. ...more
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Most books about writing stress me out. They tell me everything I should or should not be doing, and I usually feel like a failure by the end of it. Love Letters to Writers is different. Cumbo-Floyd offers gentle words of encouragement, affirmation, and hope--along with practical advice that you can keep or discard. She covers all aspects of the writing life, from the external writing drafts and marketing to the internal self-doubt we all wrestle with. I'd highly recommend this for any writer wh ...more
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely set of encouragement letters for writers! She touches all kinds of issues facing professional writers, but the book can be read by anyone interested in the ins and outs of writing. She's gracious, encouraging, and loving with an occasional kick in the pants (gently put, of course)! And I haven't started yet on all the great quotes!

Here are some of the quotes to entice you to get the book!

That rigid "get it right the first time" mindset can silence writers quicker than almost any
April Yamasaki
I appreciate the breadth and depth of these letters that speak to both beginners and more experienced writers alike. Topics include motivation, moving forward, marketing, and much more. The author's experience and personal warmth shine on every page. Dip into this collection for a writing break and word of encouragement any time. ...more
Ann Van
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
By being honest about the details of her journey, Andi Cumbo-Floyd gives us the courage to open our eyes and see the details of our own. Andi is this amazing mix of love, truth, humor and talent; someone with so much wisdom to share, so much care and kindness motivating her to share it, and such writing skills to get that wisdom from her experience into my mind, into my heart. ‘Love Letters to Writers’ is a treasure for any writing community, for any writer. And, especially for writers who find ...more
Debra Smouse
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The number one thing I need as a writer - outside of my pens, journals, and computer - is the reminder that though I write in solitude, I am truly not alone.

In Love Letters to Writers, Andi Cumbo-Floyd provides a gentle mix of compassion and discipline to encourage writers to continue to come back to the page. There are deeply honest truths - especially about the discipline and accountability parts - yet they are all said in a loving way to encourage and never shame the writer for not having "pe
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing
I love reading Andi's books and words to writers because I feel like she's speaking directly to me. Sometimes I squirm, but I know everything she says, she says out of love and encouragement for me to get my words flowing. I'll have a paperback and Kindle copy, so it will be right beside me always. ...more
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Highly readable, snippets from a mentor I’ve never met. In my (electronic) version all the links were broken. But the content made up for it.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have followed the author's blog since in 2009. We share similar book tastes and writing interests. I enjoyed reading about her journey from College Writing Professor to published author. She shares the struggles as well as the joys, and she gives me hope that one day I might do the same.

When offered the opportunity to read an Advanced-Copy of her recent book, I did not hesitate to take advantage. From the first chapter to the last, I felt as though the author wrote the letters for me alone. He
Katie Andraski
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Andi Cumbo-Floyd’s Love Letters to Writers could become a self-published writer’s classic in the same league as Bird by Bird because it is practical, wise and written from experience. Cumbo-Floyd has the authority to offer advice, encouragement and love to writers because she is making a living as a self published writer. Making a living. I would imagine you know how hard that is. She coaches other writers and she has self published such books as Steele Secrets, Charlotte and the Twelve, The Sla ...more
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All writers have doubts from time to time. From that nagging feeling that we're not a "real" writer without a certain set of accomplishments or achievements, to the lonely sense that no one will ever read our words, so what's the point? This book is for every writer who's ever felt unsure, alone or discouraged in their writing. In other words, it's for every single writer!

Andi Cumbo-Floyd shares deeply personal and honest letters to writers and she does so from a place of authenticity. She just
Carol R.
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Writers, this is the kind of book you'll read twice: Once as a binge read as I've just been doing, because you want to hear what else Andi has to say that makes you think, "So I'm not the only one." And then a second time to savor. Each of the short 52 readings feels like Andi is sharing her life with you while reminding you that your writing time is important and your words are valuable and you need to be true to yourself and move forward bravely. Beautiful metaphors that never feel forced or t ...more
Vibeke Vestergaard
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-writing
As soon as I started to read Love Letters to Writers I felt embraced as a writer. Andi Cumbo-Floyd's wise and vulnerable storytelling about every aspect of writing and a writer's life gives you comfort and encouragement. With great kindness and yet persistence she tells you not to give up when you struggle, but to hold yourself accountable and keep on writing what you need to write.
From the many wise words (and it was a hard choice) I'll mention these from chapter two: "... write wild. . . . bi
Alison Clifford
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
‘Love Letters to Writers’ talks about the realities of a writing life, but in an encouraging, we-can-do-this way. Each letter has ideas, tips, suggestions, and help for not only writing, but living. Andi’s open and sharing attitude can’t help but draw the reader and in to a safe place where we can challenge ourselves, learn, and grow.
This is an outstanding book for writers of any level and experience, and also for those who think maybe one day they too will write. I know I will keep it on hand
Trish Heald
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I open this book to a random chapter at least once a week to receive guidance and support for my writing journey. Cumbo-Floyd offers a rare and authentic inside look at the emotional and practical challenges that confront writers every day. Her advice is down-to-earth and easy to implement...I love her wisdom about when to take a break: "the grumpy/weepy test." Love Letters to Writers asks deep questions and explains how we can look within to find answers and bring out the best of ourselves as w ...more
Barbara Stark-Nemon
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Andi Cumbo-Floyd's Love Letters for Writers is a compendium of the wisdom, kindness, and savvy of the writing and human type that characterize the varied career of this truly special literary citizen. If you like your writing world to include practical, useful information joined with an appreciation for our many differences and vulnerabilities, topped with a good dollop of spirituality and love of the natural world, this is the writing book for you! Grab it! ...more
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book so much. It is the most encouraging book about writing/creating I have ever read, bar none. I highlighted SO much on my Kindle edition. This is serious soul food right here.

In addition to being a book for writers about writing, it also reads a little like an epistolary memoir of sorts, and the glimpse into farm life and the day-in day-out struggle of being a creator was just excellent.
Pearl Meaker
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful book full of care and encouragement for all writers. Andi Cumbo-Floyd is not only a writer herself but she is very committed to helping other writers to love their craft and to work to achieve their goals. I encourage every writer to get this book - especially those who are struggling with their writing. I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoy reading Andi's blog about writing which gets delivered to my email every Wednesday. This book was full of gems and wisdom about the writing life. Anything Andi writes about regarding books and writing, I pay close attention. I consider her one of my writing mentors. This book helped me a great deal because it encouraged me to write. I highly recommend it. ...more
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