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Be the Star You Are!
99 Gifts for living, loving, laughing and learning to make a difference

by Cynthia Brian
Foreword by Bernie Siegel, M.D.

      Star In Her Own Right

Cynthia Brian Shares Life's Secrets Fellow Writers Will Appreciate, Too


Even good advice is often not believable. And writers are especially immune. Many of us tend not to believe in ourselves, anyway. As writers, we get more advice than we need -well intended perhaps- but mostly uninspired. When to write, how to write, how to query editors, how to punctuate. We even come to think that's the kind of advice we need and start asking for it.

The beauty of Cynthia Brian's Be The Star Your Are! is that she gets down to the stuff that counts for us writers - our well-being. Of course, she has walked the road as a writer, and that gives her credibility, but it's her charisma, her belief in herself and others, her acceptance of others that makes the difference.

That kind of personal involvement (and, no, I don't know quite how she does it!) is a motivator for anyone and is intended to be. I liked that she talks about the kind of growth that is important to writers, even though that is probably because she touches on what would be important for anyone.

As an example, many of us neglect our physical regimens. Man, that chair in front of the computer is so darn comfy. Nope, Brian is there nudging us out of it.

So many writers are struck dumb or blocked from fear. Brian will have none of that.

Confidence? A tendency to seriousness? What kind of a person/writer are you? Brian has it covered. With each topic she includes exercises. Enthusiasm. Something new and refreshing. Check out her balloon exercise on page 52. That will make anyone feel better. But for a writer, her experience could end up as a poem.

The Book

Celestial Arts, an imprint of Ten Speed Press
June 2001
10: 1587610086
13: 978-1587610080
Nonfiction / Inspiration
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The Reviewer

Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Reviewed 2007
NOTE: Reviewer Carolyn Howard-Johnson is the award-winning author of This is the Place, Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered, and a chapbook of poetry titled Tracings, winner of the Military Writers Society of America's Award of Excellence and named Top Ten Best Reads by the Compulsive Reader. She is also the author of the HowToDoItFrugally Series of books including The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success and The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won't, the 2004 winner of USA Book News' Best Professional Book of the Year and Irwin awards.
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