“Walking on Alligators”

This book by Susan Shaughnessy helped me to have the nerve to put my work out into the world.  For a very long time, I wrote my stories just for myself. I would see a building that evoked a feeling or a person that I was curious about and invent a tale about the building or the person.  It was an amusing way to pass the time. Just a hobby.  I didn’t share my stuff with anybody. 

My friend, Margo, who is now my beta reader, shared some of her story she started a long time ago and then I shared some of mine with her.  She bought me this book to encourage me as someone had done for her in the past.  It is a jewel of a book. It has meditations for writers, by writers.  The premise of the book is basically to believe in your writing and take daring steps even if it feels like “Walking on Alligators”-  Each page has a quote, an essay and then a meditation.  The book offers a meditation a day for about 200 days. One of the big themes running through the book is the necessity to write every day.  It’s an awesome little book.

I got braver as I read and meditated on the words in the book and finally began to submit my work. There are a lot of books I read that may have influenced my style of writing but this book was the kick in the pants I needed to believe my dream was possible and that I didn’t need to be afraid to let others into my little worlds. I highly recommend it.

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The author of these blog posts is a lawyer by day and fiction writer by night.
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8 Responses to “Walking on Alligators”

  1. Darlene says:

    Sounds like a great book and a great friend to share it with you. Thanks for sharing it with us here.


  2. Thanks Darlene- It is a great book!


  3. jeff7salter says:

    Walkin’ on gators?
    Dadgum, gurl! What next? Firewalking? Sweat lodge in AZ?
    But seriously: any compilation that encourages writers to believe in themselves and keep on writing … is time and money well spent.
    “The Artists’ Way” by Julia Cameron is a book which did for me what the gator walk apparently did for you. Namely, gave me a sense of validation — for my fiction — which I had not found anywhere else (despite writing awards and publication in N-F & poetry).


    • Sounds like “The Artist’s Way” is a good one, too, Jeff- I’ll go to the sweat lodge if you’ll go with me! LOL! Sometimes the humidity here in NW Fla feels like a sweat box, so, for sure I could handle it.


  4. Daisy Harris says:

    Sounds like a book I should check out! Kudos to your friend for recommending it. 🙂


  5. Laurie Ryan says:

    What a cool book. Thanks for the recommendation, Jillian. We do a basket for a local RWA chapter’s big conference every fall and I think this is just the thing to donate to it, so I just ordered the book. Hmmm. I wonder if I have 200 days until the conference. 🙂


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