Do you aspire to write well? Or do you have a well of ideas for writing? Does your writing well ever run dry, or even run over?
We, the editors of Write Well (from left to right: Jane Brocklehurst, Amy Scott Robinson, Me and Jane Walters)
Last weekend was the launch of the Association of Christian Writers Jubilee book which is called… Write Well. The unveiling happened at the 50th Jubilee ACW AGM and Writers Day in London – with a cake to celebrate (as you see).
I got involved in editing because Amy Scott Robinson was asking for more help just as we were going into the January 2021 Lockdown and I thought I would have time on my hands. Do I ever? I should’ve realised that was not going to happen. But there was time enough and I enjoyed being part of the team who selected and edited the articles for Write Well, mostly through meetings on Zoom, and I learned a lot too, about working with a publisher. The two Janes and Amy were a great team to work with.
Oh dear. Shock, horror. There’s a coffee-stain on the cover! Were we editors terribly careless? No. If you cook (as I do), you will note that the recipe books you use most are dog-eared and smeared, whereas the ones that are no good are in pristine condition. At the Writers’ Day last Saturday, one of the writers there commented that she made great use of cheap and scrappy notebooks she bought from supermarkets but didn’t feel she could break into the nicely-bound posh ones.
Although its cover is attractive enough, this is not an ornament, nor designed to sit on a coffee-table or bookshelf, but intended to be read, marked up and made use of. Write Well is divided into three sections: the first on the history of ACW; the second on writing craft; the third, personal writing journeys. It’s an essential resource for all writers, a book to have alongside you as you work. You might well set your mug of coffee on it and… oh dear… leave a stain.
Published by Instant Apostle, Write Well is available in paperback at £9.99 and on Kindle at £5.99. Please purchase/order it from your local independent bookseller if you can, but, if you prefer to shop online, consider www.eden.co.uk and www.hive.co.uk.