Kicking in the Wall by Barbara Abercrombie is a book for all writers to help kick in that frustrating wall that blocks their writing process. If you are looking for writing prompts and inspirations to write, this is the book to help you get started writing again!
“Kicking in the Wall includes quotes from famous writers to accompany the exercises, as well as real-world examples of completed exercises by the author’s students in the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program. Though Abercrombie says readers need only commit to five minutes per exercise, she writes, “I’ve seen novels, memoirs, and many essays get started in those five minutes, and a lot ended up being published.” Her playful method is essential fuel for writers trying to get off the starting block, persevere through challenges, and cross their personal creativity finish lines.” – Kicking in the Wall
Kicking in the Wall is a fun guide to help you get creative with your writing. The writing prompts in it are only aimed to have you write for five minutes at a time. Of course, you could write for much longer if you are inspired to do so. Even better though, if you can’t get anything going on that prompt, well it was only five minutes wasted, so no big deal.
I also like how the book is setup to first show you the writing prompts and then to see examples of what people wrote on some of the prompts in another section. I suggest writing the prompts first, and then seeing what someone else wrote on it, but you might get inspired by doing it the other way, too. Whichever works for you!
I think that this book is an excellent resource for writers in all stages of their career. No matter what type of writer you are, you have probably gone through some form of writer’s block before. This book can help you so much with it. I highly recommend it for all writers out there.
* Thank you to the publisher of Kicking in the Wall, New World Library, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.