Robert Benson's Dancing on the Head of a Pen: The Practice of a Writing Life was not what I expected but was indeed a pleasant surprise. What I thought would be a dry "to do" instruction book turned out to be somewhat of a devotional, a thought-provoking insight into making writing a daily practical living. Though there are some very good tips for writing, Benson never comes across as the instructor but, rather, the mentor.
I love how the author is candid about his own misgivings and gives honor to whom honor is due in respect to those who have been the most influential during his writing career. His easy manner as being still a learner himself makes one feel as though becoming a genuine writer is attainable for anyone with a heart desire to do so.
Yet, though Benson comes across as if I can do this, anyone can, he is actually a very accomplished writer. His heart's desire is to motivate the reluctant writer to move out of her comfort zone, and it works. In fact, after reading this book, I finally began journaling again every morning, something I had neglected for many years.
However, Dancing on the Head of a Pen is not only for the writing novice, but also for those who have been writing for many years. Each will find the encouragement to either launch out into the deep or hoist the sails into the wind, whichever the case may be.