Rumors of Water: Thoughts on Creativity & Writing
October 9th, 2015 by Aldouspi

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An Annie Dillard-style writing book that follows the writer's life as much as her philosophy about creativity and writing. Aspiring and accomplished writers will find a place to breathe, in both the memoir-stories and tips that seamlessly address major aspects of creative life—from inspiration to individual voice; from helpful habits, networking and publishing, to reasons we create and write. Says the first chapter, "There are so many things standing in my way this morning, I can hardly begin. Yet I've heard there are rumors of water. Maybe that is enough." And apparently it is. ••• named a Best Book of 2011, Englewood Review of Books and Hearts & Minds Books

Product Details

  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: T.S. Poetry Press (August 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984553169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984553167
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces

Customer Reviews

Refreshment For the Weary Writer's Soul

17 people found this helpful.
 on September 3, 2011
By Nancy O. Franson
Some years ago, I decided I need to stop buying and reading books about writing. I found myself turning into one of those people who reads about writing but never actually does any. Then along came L.L. Barkat's Rumors of Water: Thoughts on Creativity & Writing. I'd followed some of Barkat's pre-publication conversation on her blog and on Twitter and, when I saw the book was available for download on Kindle; I told my inner-responsible grown-up to hush and quickly snatched it out of cyberspace.

An Invitation and a Gift

5 people found this helpful.
 on September 5, 2011
By Glynn Young
It at first seems almost incongruous, to create a book for writers within the structure of the everyday activities of one's children. But that's exactly what L.L. Barkat has done in "Rumors of Water: Thoughts on Creativity & Writing."

Best book for people learning to write for the first time.

 on December 25, 2014
By Marcia Terwilliger
If I could give six stars I would, this book by Laura Barkat is that good. She is a gifted writer, I couldn't put the book down. As I read through each word you could picture each and everyone in your mind, I was there, living out this book. One that really caught my hand to my throat is the day they go to the beach. The youngest daughter has Lyme disease, she can't keep up and there is her Mother, the loving one who reaches down and carries her the rest of the way. So you see, the book is all about Thoughts on Creativity & Writing but I say it so much more. Yes, if you are considering writing a book this is a "Must" buy book but it's also the best written book I've ever read. The author takes you along in her world as if you, yourself are right there with her, yes, sitting beside her taking in the entire view. Will I read it again? Yes, again and again. Not because I'm going to write a book but because Laura Barkat is an excellent writer and this story is to be enjoyed. Simple words from the reader but you can't begin to explain such good writing as this. Marcia Terwilliger

Rumors of Water: A differnt kind of craft book

One person found this helpful.
 on January 1, 2013
By Cheryl Russell
Rumors of Water is a short book on the writing craft, drawing from the author's day to day experiences as a writer, editor, wife, and mother of two daughters.

Life's a Writer's Best How-to Guide

One person found this helpful.
 on October 24, 2011
By Maureen E. Doallas
That the stuff of a writing life is not found in the cheat sheets of "Creative Writing for Dummies" is one of the important take-aways from L.L. Barkat's new book "Rumors of Water: Thoughts on Creativity & Writing". No doubt, checklists and pointers and lists of writing do's and don'ts have their uses but as "Rumors of Water", a slender volume of 32 one- to four-page chapters, reveals again and again, life is the writer's own best how-to guide.

The Rumors Are True

4 people found this helpful.
 on September 16, 2011
By Jennifer Dukes Lee
Two weeks ago, I bought two books on writing. And this is the one I could not put down.

5 STARS for Rumors of Water

One person found this helpful.
 on September 6, 2012
By BrighterSideBlg
I have recently read a special little (but not so little) book titled "Rumors of Water; Thoughts on Creativity and Writing" by LL Barkat (NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2011, Englewood Review of Books & Hearts and Minds Books). Based on quotes I had seen from this book and the generosity of this author's sharing in the writers community she has formed on TweetSpeak Poetry Press (an award winning publisher of poetry, fiction, and literary-spiritual books) my expectations were to find expert advice on how to become an effective, honest, `touchable' writer, and maybe even a published one. What I did NOT expect was to find insight into living life more fully, more patiently, and with more courage. It's a wonderful book!

I'd rate this title six stars if I could

6 people found this helpful.
 on September 12, 2011
By Sheila Seiler Lagrand
Today I finished up the last few chapters of L.L. Barkat's latest book, Rumors of Water.


 on December 24, 2016
By Wordweaver

A Cherished Read

One person found this helpful.
 on January 30, 2012
By sacredgrrl
This gentle book is amazing. She couched her tips on writing in tender little stories of raising her daughters. This slim tome is different from the few books on writing I've read before, its simple and comes from a strong knowledge of the publishing industry. I truly enjoyed her perspective.

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