Your Words, Your Story is a great book that works on so many levels. If you are toying with the idea of writing but, need a bit of encouragement, then it’s the perfect ‘how to’ guide to get you started. Cynthia Harrison’s own writing style is warm, welcoming and straight forward, with a ring of expertise that will inspire even the most reluctant writer. The book is very user friendly, set out in sections with all the different types of writing someone might be looking to try; poetry, children’s stories, memoirs, novels etc. It is a very comprehensive guide which can be read in its entirety or dipped into.
This book is not only for the newbie, however. Harrison has included lots of tips that could be employed by any writer who may be struggling for inspiration or wanting to exercise their writing muscles. It also includes lots of anecdotal references to Harrison’s own life and journey as a writer which is what, for me, set it apart from other guides and gave it the human touch.
It’s a testament to Cynthia Harrison’s own writing that, with the intention of having a little browse; I ended up reading the book from cover to cover. I will definitely be using it for reference in the future and, all I can say is, I wish I was one of Cynthia Harrison’s students. She is clearly a generous, talented writer who inspires others to want to be the same.