Book Review: Scratch

I was at the library with four kids, waiting for my friend to pick up her three. She had just arrived and we were chatting quietly, our three minute catch up on our lives, when mid sentence Scratch edited by Manjula Martin caught my eye. It has a big pen on the front. LOL. I grabbed it and took it home, where it lingered unread(unloved) for some weeks while I read other things. What a mistake.

When I finally opened it, I found a magical world of writers. Martin interviewed and persuaded various authors to write or talk about the art of writing. Mostly she was looking to break the silence on how much people actually get paid, when she argues we must talk about or writers will continue to be paid a mere pittance. But what was revealed was so much more.

I could highlight all day. It’s the raw, honest truth behind a public success or failure. Big names baring their pain at being consider a trash writer because they are popularly successful, not literary. That hurts. I always thought being widely read was the make or break for me. Oh well, I’ll wait til I’m in her shoes to make that call.

People I have never heard of sharing how their impossible novel got picked up. I have new books to read now.

℘℘℘℘℘ – Five Pages. I have never read a non fiction book so rapt. I wanted to read faster. I was irritated at distractions.


6 thoughts on “Book Review: Scratch

    1. You totally should. I was expecting a boring monetary based conversation, but it is really raw. People bleed fabulously. It was great to read while questioning my own writing trajectory.


      1. true. For me it was more like “I am struggling, this must mean I am not a good writer.” Here’s this book. “Wow, all these award winning and popularly successful authors are also struggling. Guess I don’t suck.” LOL

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      2. Yay…glad something got through to you. Scripting the Truth is truthfully (see what I did there) one of my favorite reads in years, and I will definitely read it again. You, my dear, do NOT suck. And that is the worst thing I can say about your writing…you are a very good writer. Write that down (since you’re good at writing) and put it up where you will see it every day. ‘I am a good writer.’

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