Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Catch Some Writer's Sparks and Fuel Your Creative Fire!

Recently our Voyagers authors, our publisher L. Diane Wolfe, and IWSG founder Alex J. Cavanaugh shared their favorite writing craft books on this blog.  Today, building on those recommendations, I am delighted to feature a wonderful writing craft book just released by IWSG member Chrys Fey:  Keep Writing with Fey:  Sparks to Defeat Writer's Block, Depression, and Burnout.  

Chrys deals with the serious issues of writer's block, depression, and burnout. She shares her personal struggles with each of them, but she does so in a way that fills the reader with hope that these are surmountable challenges.  She sought professional help for her depression, but her personal journey to health followed a self-help path with many holistic practices.  She states that "seeking help is important" and that "there is absolutely no shame in getting medical treatment or talking to a professional."  

However, Chrys's book is not heavy or dark.  It is filled with lightness and light. Chrys writes with a clear, compassionate, sometimes funny voice and provides the reader with positive tools to increase his or her health and to improve and grow as a writer.  I love the structure of the book, with its eighty-seven sparks to inspire, motivate, and help the reader.  Each spark can be read in a few minutes, but the reader will linger on its content much longer.  

In one section of her book, Chrys offers some thirty doses of Bactine to mitigate the pain of writer's block and writer's burnout.  For example, the first dose,  Bactine #1, soothes with its application:  "If you are afraid that you're facing writer's burnout or if you have writer's block, or even if you're not sure...share your struggle with others."  I'm grateful for Chrys doing exactly that. To me, her book is like a book of daily devotions.  I can open it to any spark at any time and read something informative, healing, or encouraging.

When I began reading Sparks, I immediately knew that it would have a prominent spot on my writing references shelf.  But I've changed my mind.  I'm keeping it on my nightstand.
I hope you read Chrys's book.  Better yet, I'm betting you'll want to keep it on your nightstand instead of your writing references bookshelf!

Writer's Sparks and Creative Fire

Today Chrys is hosting a Keep Writing with Fey Blog Hop.
She invites you to share your story about writer's block, depression, and/or burnout and how you overcame it or what you are currently doing to heal. Here's a link to her blog:

About the Book:
Catch the sparks you need to conquer writer’s block, depression, and burnout!

When Chrys Fey shared her story about depression and burnout, it struck a chord with other writers. That put into perspective for her how desperate writers are to hear they aren’t alone. Many creative types experience these challenges, battling to recover. Let Keep Writing with Fey: Sparks to Defeat Writer's Block, Depression, and Burnout guide you through:

•        Writer's block
•        Depression
•        Writer's burnout
•        What a writer doesn’t need to succeed
•        Finding creativity boosts

With these sparks, you can begin your journey of rediscovering your creativity and get back to what you love - writing.

Book Links

Amazon / Nook / iTunes / Kobo / Goodreads

About the Author:  
Chrys Fey is the author of Write with Fey:  10 Sparks to Guide You from Idea to Publication.  She is also the author or the Disaster Crimes series.  Visit her blog, Write with Fey, for more tips on how to reverse writers burnout.  

Coming on Wednesday, August 12, 2020: 
A Surprise!  For me too ~ LOL.  I'm sure it will be worth a visit. 

Till next time ~
Fundy Blue 

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Here Are Some Reviews of Chrys's Book:

“Gracious, there are so many tips and lessons in this book that I dare anyone to pick it up and not be writing furiously by the last chapter.” - C. Hope Clark, author and founder of

“Her no-nonsense approach feels like advice from a good friend, doled out in easily digestible bite-sized pieces.” – Janice Hardy, author and founder of Fiction University

“This is one book every writer should have in their arsenal.” - Best-selling cozy mystery writer Elizabeth Spann Craig

Where to Order Chrys Fey's Book:  
Keep Writing with Fey: Sparks to Defeat Writer's Block, Depression, and Burnout.  
Writing / Self-Help: Depression – Stress  


L. Diane Wolfe said...

Thanks for featuring Chrys' book! With so many people burned out and depressed right now, this book is a must for all writers.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've downloaded it!

Fundy Blue said...

Wow! What a great comment regarding Chrys's book! I wish I had written it, because it's really true!

Fundy Blue said...

You'll find lots in it to inspire you!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you so much for quoting that bit about depression and seeking help. I definitely want people to know that seeking help is important.

Your review lifted me up so much. And knowing my book is on your nightstand made me smile. I'm really glad you've gotten a lot out of it.

Thank you for your review and for participating in my blog hop!

Fundy Blue said...

It was my pleasure, Chrys! I didn't share my personal struggles with depression here, because it felt like a divided focus for the post, and I wanted to focus clearly on you. I'm featuring your book on my Standing into Danger blog on Friday, and again I will focus on you. The post is not a repeat of this one, although some parts are the same. Maybe later I'll share my difficult walk with depression. Have fun today!

Rebecca M. Douglass said...

Since it's in my Kindle, it's on my nightstand, too :) But seriously, I agree about it being a book to dip into for comfort and inspiration, though I've started by reading through it, a spark or two a day.

Fundy Blue said...

Hi, Rebecca! Since I was reviewing it, I wanted to read as much as possible before I needed to write the post. Now I'm savoring each spark. Can you savor a spark? ~ LOL. All the best to you!

Sherry Ellis said...

I have my copy. I'm sure a lot of writers can use her friendly advice!

Fundy Blue said...

I agree, Sherry! Take care!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Congratulations to Chrys!

Fundy Blue said...

Yes! Thanks, Tyrean!

Elizabeth Mueller said...

How brilliant of Chrys to have written such an inspiring book!

R's Rue said...

Well done

Fundy Blue said...

Right on, Elizabeth!

Fundy Blue said...

Chrys did a great job.

Toi Thomas said...

This was a nice introduction to Chrys's book. Thank you for sharing this.

Fundy Blue said...

Thanks, Toi! She is an inspiring author!

Steph W. said...

Thanks for the great review. It is an excellent promotion.

Fundy Blue said...

Thanks, Steph! And thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Take care!

Roland Clarke said...

A timely piece of inspiration, Chrys. Many thanks for drawing attention to the book, Louise.

Fundy Blue said...

You bet, Roland! Take care!

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