“Daily Writing Resilience: 365 Meditations & Inspirations for Writers” by Bryan Robinson— Keys to Success 

Robinson, Bryan. “Daily Writing Resilience: 365 Meditations & Inspirations for Writers”, Llewellyn Publications, 2018.

Keys to Success

Amos Lassen

I have been something of a writer myself for many years. Notice that I say “something of a writer” and this is because I do not believe that it is possible to call oneself a writer; it is a title given by others. I have also taught writing for many years—- that is to say that if writing can be taught, then I have tried to do so. I believe we can teach the rules of writing but I am not sure we can actually teach others to write and that is where Bryan Robinson’s “Daily Writing Resilience: 365 Meditations & Inspirations for Writers” comes in. Writing is a discipline and we need to have certain things going on to make us realize the dedication we need in order to produce a quality written peace. I can think of no better way to do this then to have meditations for everyday of the year. Knowing that I have to refer to something everyday before I sit down to write gives me a needed pattern to my life. By becoming involved in the meditations, I discover tips and surprises that will help me form self-discipline and this is something all of us needs. The fact that I start everyday basically the same way gives structure.

I am very self-disciplined and when I have writing to do, I close out the rest of the world. Friends, for example, know not to call me between 1 and 4 PM every day. One of the hours is for my personal Torah study and the others are for my personal writings. Having that structure makes me produce and because I am closed in by time, I tend to produce more.

Writer Robinson gives us tips and support that we get through meditation and other methods and these give us the structure we need. By following what he has to say we soon find ourselves developing habits and finding ways to navigate the practice of writing. Having taught writing on the college level, I think I have tried each of the books that are out there and some are very good but honestly, I never got the results I felt I should have had. When I stand n front of a class of writing students, I want them to become good writers even though there are not many chances of that happening. Over time, we have learned that perseverance and resilience are absolutely necessary today if one wants to be a writer. Writing is not all about craft; it involves so much more—- setbacks and rejection are a part of the journey. Sometimes, we just have to sit down and look around to see where and who we are. We have to understand that rejection is not an end-all. I just received a letter from a friend who is a prize-winning author and who is married to an author who changed to course of the written word. This friend sent me a copy of a rejection letter he got from a publisher about his book (which had already been published and won major awards) telling him that the book falls outside of what they usually publish.

This is an easy book to use and in fact, it is also quite readable and interesting. The 365 meditations help us to navigate the writing practice. They also help to create positive habits that will “guide us toward the success and fulfillment that you’ve been seeking.” I began using it myself today.