Lessons from A Year of Writing Dangerously

Posted June 15th @ 6:45 am by Roger C. ParkerPrint

Barbara Abercrombie’s new book, A Year of Writing Dangerously: 365 Days of Inspiration and Encouragement, offers authors a year’s worth of writing ideas, tips, & lessons.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration, or a fresh idea for organizing your next book, you’ll find hours of inspiration,  encouragement, and practical tips for writing your book.

Barbara Abercrombie is an experienced author, book coach, and writing teacher with obvious empathy for readers. She also has an encyclopedic  knowledge of what other authors have written about the act of putting words on paper.

A Year of Writing Dangerously has been organized to provide a satisfying daily reading experience. Each page consists of a short, inspiring meditation or observation based on Barbara’s own writing experiences, accompanied by the quotation from a different author that inspired Barbara to write.

One of A Year of Writing Dangerously’s pleasures is opening it up at random, and discovering a fresh idea, insight, or anecdote by an author you may be already familiar with–or, even better, ideas from a new author you’d like to know better.

Barbara is a consummate wordsmith; her concise perspectives  are an excellent way to review familiar ideas or view your daily writing with a fresh perspective.

One of my favorite sentences from A Year of Writing Dangerously is from #152, The Eleven Day Marathon, a 2-paragraph reflection on the writing habits of Georges Simenon, author of the Inspector Maigret mystery series (a mystery series which kept me busily reading for over a decade.

Barbara’s concluding sentence in her capsule summary of Simenon’s writing habits: “he only knew what would happen in the first chapter when he began to write.”

Whether you’re looking for inspiration, or you’re simply looking for a good way to organize hundreds of ideas, tips, and stories into a book, you’ll find lots to learn from and enjoy in A Year of Writing Dangerously

There’s magic for both fiction and nonfiction authors in Barbara Aberchrombie’s new A Year of Writing Dangerously–an exceptional example of writing, design, and quality book production from New World Library.


  1. Barbara
    June 17, 2012

    Roger – Thank you for this lovely review! Barbara Abercrombie

  2. Roger C. Parker
    June 25, 2012

    Dear Barbara:
    Thank you for commenting. You did a great job on the book!

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