I recently read the book, 7 ESSENTIAL WRITING TOOLS THAT WILL ABSOLUTELY MAKE YOUR WRITING BETTER AND ENLIVEN YOUR SOUL. Or for brevity’s sake: 7 Essential Writing Tools. Full disclosure: the author, Marni Freedman, is a friend and writing coach that I have known for years. However, she didn’t pressure me (or even ask me) to buy her book. I paid full price for it on Amazon, without her knowledge. I just wanted to check it out. And here are the 5 reasons you need it.
- There are only 7 of them!
Everyone knows my affinity for lists. Well, 5 may be my favorite number, but 7 is a close second place (See? I even number my numbers!) I like seven because it feels good, was John Elway’s number, and because it’s a lucky number. And with only 7 Tools, it’s easy to keep track of them, implement them, review them, and remember them. It’s not a complicated system, just a list. In fact, I’m pretty sure she wrote this book with 7 tools just for me.
2. It will enliven your soul.
I’ll admit, I was skeptical. A book on writing that will enliven your soul? Come on! I said, rolling my eyes. But the truth was that as I flipped from one page to the next, I felt my inner critic melt away and slink off into a corner. I felt my inner sun push the clouds away and remembered that inspiration always lies within, whether I’m tapping into it or letting it lie dormant. I felt truly inspired and supported, and everything felt so doable. It’s not a bunch of gobbledygook of complicated plans that you must follow without fail. It’s flexible. It’s human. It’s introspective. And it’s all possible.
3. It’s fun.
Marni writes in a fun style, and I can hear her voice in every sentence, followed by her laughing at the adventure that is writing. I hear her playfulness and her supportiveness, and I want to get to the next page and see what fun story she’s going to tell next. I particularly like the stories of her son Ben, who reminds us all that imagination is not to be trifled with and is the most magical and natural thing in the world.
4. The tools are actually useful.
Yes, really. In the first hour of reading, a light bulb came on in my head. In the second hour, I grabbed my notebook to jot down some new goals and ideas. Every hour of reading turned on a new light, until the inside of my head and soul looked like the Vegas Strip. It’s easy to take notes, follow along, record your progress, and backtrack if necessary. The beauty of the tools is that they set you up to succeed, not fail. They’re also not an end, but a process that is ever-changing and developing, so these tools can be recycled no matter how many times you’ve used them, how experienced you are, or how old you are.
5. It feels like a hug on paper.
Marni is one of the most supportive and understanding people on this planet, with a real knack for getting people to open up. She is ever patient and gentle, even during moments of tough love. You may not ever get the benefit of knowing her personally, but you can still reap the benefits here. You can feel her encouragement leaping off every page, urging you to be your best self, and forgiving you if you fall short. It really feels like a hug on every page, reminding you that what you have to share with the world is special and unique, whether you are writing a memoir, a dystopian fantasy, or a textbook. She gets it, and she gets you.