Dancing on the Head of a Pen

The Practice of a Writing Life

by Robert Benson

A compelling combination of advice and inspiration, Dancing on the Head of a Pen will challenge and encourage writers, artists, musicians, painters—anyone drawn to a life of artistic expression.
 
Digging deeply into his own writing habits, failures, and successes, Robert Benson helps you choose the ideal audience for your work, commit to it, and overcome the hurdles that inevitably confront both aspiring artists and accomplished professionals. Extending beyond the craft of writing, this gentle book moves into a rich discussion on the relationship between spirituality and art. Including wisdom from revered writers past and present, Dancing on the Head of a Pen is a beautiful mosaic of inspiration, practical help, and a glimpse into the disciplines that shape one writer’s life.
 
Dancing on the Head of a Pen is a pure delight to read. Encouraging, honest, practical, and important. I needed this book.”
—Melody Carlson, author of more 200 books including Finding Alice 
 
“With deceptive simplicity and an almost seductive easiness in his voice, Benson lays open before us the filigreed mystique of the writing life in all its beauty, its unmitigated angst, and its inescapable vocation.”
—Phyllis Tickle, author of numerous books including The Divine Hours
 
“Robert Benson’s Dancing on the Head of a Pen is a gem. It is wise, witty, and inspiring—a trifecta seldom achieved by a book on the writing life.”
—James Scott Bell, bestselling author of Plot & Structure


Recent Reviews

A writer's wisdom

Julius McCarter

5 Stars

In his simply beautiful, Dancing on the Head of a Pen:  The Practice of a Writing Life, Robert Benson, the acclaimed writer of books on life and spirituality, sets…

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How To Write A Book.... Really !

Shirl Parsons

5 Stars

I'm sure the thought of writing a book sounds glamorous. After all you would be rich (maybe) you would be famous (maybe) and of course you would write sequals, series, children's books, adult fiction, maybe a biography. Robert Benson takes…

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Dancing on the Head of a Pen

VikTory Arch

5 Stars

The book reveals the journey of the author as a writer, his inspirations and his tips to be a writer.One of the most important tip that the author gave is reading. Read the books in style that you want to write. Whatever you read will come…

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Alyssa Washburn

5 Stars

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April Vandunk

5 Stars

This book helped me with advice on how to fully complete my book. It gave me tips and advice on what to do while writing a book. It was fun to read about someone elses writing life while trying to figure out my own. I didnt lose my place…

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