Mondays are good days for me. I don’t dread another week; I look forward to a new beginning.

I have already been reading books about writing (in all of its forms) in preparation for the fall semester. One which I particularly enjoyed was by one of my favorite novelists and essayists, Anna Quindlen . In 2022 she published this book about writing, advising her readers to “pick up a pen and find yourself.”

A collection of essays about writing, NOT a writing handbook.

Quindlen presents this book as one which demonstrates “how anyone can write and why everyone should (italics mine)” write. This book is aimed specifically at those of us who don’t consider ourselves writers. She explores connections made through writing and addresses recording our daily lives for a great many reasons. Quindlen, like Flannery O’Conner feels, “I have to write to discover what I am doing.” (O’Conner). The author offers personal freedom through writing. The book is not a handbook, but an argument as to why we should write.

I highly recommend this book for writers and students alike.


Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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