I am excited to share this post with you today!
I have been following Andi Cumbo-Floyd for several years. Her encouragement and coaching continue to move me forward on my writing journey.
Today, I am honored to have her guest post. Andi’s latest book is Love Letters to Writers: Encouragement, Accountability, and Truth-Telling will be available everywhere books are sold on Nov. 14th.
I have had the privilege of reading an advanced copy of Love Letters, if you are a writer of any kind, I encourage you to pick up Andi’s book.
Loving on the Writers
by Andi Cumbo-Floyd
So much of the writing about writing out there comes in the form of tips or rules, should or don’ts. I’m enough of a rebel that I don’t like that for myself as a writer, and often, as an editor and writing coach, I hear the way those rules and lists hinder writers, shutting down their creativity and playfulness and making them feel like things have to be “right” instead of they have to be, well, whatever they have to be.
I’ve found that the writers I most relate to, the writing books that have spoken the most to me, have come from the heart and the experiences of the people who lived them. Anne Lamott, Annie Dillard, Gayle Brandeis, Stephen King, Laraine Herring – these folks have bared their word-ridden souls in their books on writing, and through their vulnerability, I have been heartened and encouraged even in the hardest days of the writing life.
That’s what I hope – in some small way – Love Letters To Writers does for the wordsmiths who read it. I hope they are encouraged and challenged, and I hope they know that I have told them the truth of my experience as a writer in this world. The book does include a big of practical suggestions – never rules – that I have drawn from my own experience of writing, marketing, and publishing, but my intention was always to leave space for those experiences which aren’t like my own. After all, there aren’t that many writers – the great Wendell Berry aside – who also farm. (Oh, the goat metaphors I could include here.)
Writing is not always easy, and so I hope this book lifts other writers a little on the hard days and gently pushes them to keep going when the hard feels too heavy. I hope I have passed along the gift that so many other writers have given me – a belief in myself, a nudge to just take it one word at a time, and the promise that I am not alone in this journey.
Andi Cumbo-Floyd is a writer, editor, and writing coach who lives at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains with her husband, four dogs, four cats, three rabbits, six goats, and thirty-six chickens. Her book Love Letters to Writers: Encouragement, Accountability, and Truth-Telling will be available everywhere books are sold on Nov. 14th. You can read more of her thoughts on writing at Andilit.com.