I'm not usually a fan of self-help books meaning that I don't buy them. However, I was taken aback with Active Patience, A Simple Guide to Productive Writing. N.C Harley had my thoughts and difficulties just spot on. In fact, it could have been written by me.
It's not a long book; I finished it in two sittings but it didn't need to be. Any longer and the message and advice would have been lost along with my interest.
If you are a writer, like me, who has struggled with the practical side of writing then I believe you could get something from this. You could read it, implement the ideas and then put it away and forget about it. The book, though, isn't meant to be used in this way.
This is a guide that will keep you on track providing you keep re-reading sections of it. As it is short, the specific sections/chapters are easily found. Remind yourself of just what you need to do to accomplish your dreams as a writer every day or even every week. Does N.C Harley preach? I don't think so; it didn't feel that way to me. Believe me, I've had my fair share of lectures! Must be the child in me.
It's a straightforward, concise and encouraging self-help book that will be your mentor for some time.