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.

Reflections on a Book: Rumors of Water

12 people found this helpful.
 on September 12, 2011
By Diana Trautwein
Disguised as a small, digestible collection of memories, rich with stories of mothering and growing up; of woodland meanderings and local farm-stores; of lighthouses and ailing grandmothers, "Rumors of Water" is one of the of the most beautiful books on the art and craft of writing that I've ever read. Paying heed to the changes in the publishing industry, unabashedly admitting that it's not easy to be either a writer or an editor, L.L. Barkat shares with her readers some of her own journey as both.

Beautiful writing...

9 people found this helpful.
 on August 31, 2011
By Laura J. Boggess
This book, for me, was like a deep sigh at the end of a long day. L.L. Barkat speaks to deep places for anyone who has ever been on a dream-journey and experienced the joys and frustrations of pursuit along the way. She also offers practical suggestions to facilitate the writing journey.The writing inspires the reader to better craft his or her own work. The book does speak to the writing life, but I believe can be applied to all art. Beautiful writing. I will read this one again and again.

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.

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."

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.

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.

Creativity and calling combined in a poetic way

 on May 3, 2016
By Joy Lenton
If you enjoy memoir and tips on writing, then this book offers both in a way that blends life and art seamlessly. I found the memoir style gently inviting and the helpful hints about writing were ones I could easily assimilate for future use. The author shares her family life and activities, mainly around meals, outings, nature, and the challenges and joys of home schooling.

a beautiful dream of a book

One person found this helpful.
 on November 11, 2011
By Jennifer LeBlanc
I am also a writer and homeschooling mother of two girls. I related on so many levels to Rumors of Water, and yet found inspiration in every (gloriously short) chapter.

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!

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