Saturday, June 14, 2008

Book Snapshot:The Writing Diet: Write Yourself the Right Size

Julia Cameron
Rating: 3 of 5

I read this book for a group discussion. When I signed on I was excited about learning how to use the seven tools the author outlines and the discussion that would ensue within our group. What actually happened is that I was initially annoyed with Cameron's writing style and attitude. I felt the author wasn't living in the same world as most of the members of our group. In short a difference of socio-economics: The writer's characters all lived lifestyles where money or access to resources seemed not an issue nor were there any stories of dieters learning how to balance family time and family meals with their efforts to use the tools. Other members expressed similar dissatisfaction with the book, but we all agreed that the tools are worth using. Despite my personal annoyance with the author's anecdotes and voice, I think the tools are sound, and towards the end I was glad I finished the book. I will be using the tools to help me achieve my health and creative writing goals.

2 comments:

polkadotwitch said...

yay! good to hear your voice. did you get my email about write diet writing?

Cynthia said...

Interesting, a good critical review.