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Our Endless and Proper Work: Starting (and Sticking to) Your Writing Practice

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By Ron Hogan

Writer and editorial consultant Ron Hogan helps readers develop an ongoing writing practice not as a means to publication, but as an end in and of itself. 

Many people pick up the guitar without eyeing a career as a professional musician or start painting without caring if their work appears in a gallery. But with writing, the assumption seems to be that publication is the main goal. Why?

In Our Endless and Proper Work, the second in Belt’s series of books about writing and publishing―along with Anne Trubek’s So You Want to Publish a Book?―Ron Hogan argues writing should be an end in itself for more people. The founder of the literary site Beatrice, and creator of the popular newsletter “Destroy Your Safe and Happy Lives,” Hogan offers concrete steps to help writers develop an ongoing creative practice. Chapters include:

  • Reclaiming Your Time for Writing
  • Finding Your Groove
  • Preparing Yourself for the Long Haul
  • Your Voice is Valuable

Sprinkled throughout are adorable illustrations by “Positive Doodles” creator Emm Roy.

A concise, inspirational book for anyone looking to take up writing—not for money and fame, but because it can help you lead a happier, more whole and engaged life. 

 

Ron Hogan has been an industry analyst for a media website, a digital marketing director for a publishing house, a freelance book reviewer, and an acquiring editor for a startup book publisher. He is the founder of the literary site Beatrice, and creator of a popular newsletter about developing your writing practice, "Destroy Your Safe and Happy Lives."

Praise for Our Endless and Proper Work

“The most thoughtful, engaging, encouraging book I’ve ever read about how hard it is to be a writer and why you should do it anyway.”New York Times bestselling author Sarah Knight

"A lot of writing advice just piles more expectations onto an already fraught process. In Our Endless and Proper Work, Ron Hogan helped me clear out the mental clutter around my writing and get back to basics. An accessible book that packs an impressive amount of wisdom and pragmatic advice into each chapter.—Mason Currey, author of Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

"In this invigorating little book, Ron Hogan offers practical tips for a successful writing practice alongside what is ultimately a philosophy of how to make a mindful and joyful adventure of one's life. I was recharged by each page, and I know I will return to this wisdom when I'm in my inevitable next writing rut." —Raechel Anne Jolie, author of Rust Belt Femme

JUNE 8, 2021 | ISBN: 978-1-948742-94-8 | WRITING | PAPERBACK | 5 X 7 | 126 PAGES

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