Writing usually comes quite easily to me. I’m not pretending it’s always top shelf material, but something wordy usually just sorta flows out, most of the time. I think this is why I quite enjoy writing – whereas many people seem to hate it. Banging out a caption here, a Call To Action message there; it’s all so easy. But there have been some tough times too. Particularly when the rest of my life feels like a total mess, I’ve have experienced some times when I wanted to write more but struggled to do so. Full disclosure: I’ve always wanted to try writing a novel, but I’ve never been brave enough to take the plunge. I’ve told myself I don’t have enough time or loot put away to pull it off. But those are just excuses based on some kind of vague fear of failure. If you are also battling anxiety-driven enemies then Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo by Grant Faulkner might be exactly what you are looking for. New out from Chronicle Books, Grant knows a thing or two about getting novels written – he’s the architect behind National Novel Writing Month a/k/a NaNoWriMo; when people all around the world make time for their first novel during the month of November. One day I aspire to be brave enough to try this. If you feel like you need a bit of direction or encouragement, Faulkner has gathered wisdom from gifted writers who overcame obstacles in order to get their writing out into the world.