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.