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I Dare You to Write by Rochelle Jewel Shapiro


I Dare you to Write by Rochelle Shapiro



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Consider I DARE YOU TO WRITE: First Aids, Warm Comforts, Sparking Advice for the Journey Ahead by Rochelle Jewel Shapiro, author of Miriam the Medium and award-winning indie, Kaylee’s Ghost, as one of your writing chums in the solitary act of writing, a go-to for inspiration, support, and guidance. For these fifty essays, Shapiro asked herself, What do I need to know about writing? When she couldn’t come up with the answer herself, she turned to contemporary writers such as Annie Lamont, Marge Piercy, Maxine Hong Kingston, Stephen King, and classic ones like Dickens, Hawthorne, and Hemmingway to get her answers and, in turn, share them with you in this quirky and sometimes hilarious book.


“For anyone who dreams of writing but needs a few lifelines, Shapiro's book offers insights, pathways and a virtual roadmap to living the life of your dream."

            Caroline Leavitt, NYT bestselling author of Pictures of You and Is This Tomorrow


“Shapiro is a generous, deeply knowing guide through both the artistic and spiritual landscapes of the writing journey. You will leave this book feeling enriched, inspired, and full of literary derring-do."

            Gayle Brandeis is the author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write, and several award-winning novels, including The Book of Dead Birds, which won Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize for Fiction of Social Engagement.


“Rochelle Jewel Shapiro packs years of teaching wisdom, wit, and writer’s angst into morsels of tips and truths on how to begin, stay focused, and push through the process and pitfalls of a writer’s life.”

            Dr. Jeanne Kane, Clinical Psychologist

5.0 out of 5 stars You had me at "I DARE YOU…"January 22, 2014

This Amazon review is from: I Dare You to Write (Paperback)
For anyone who enjoys a good “dare”, this book is for you.
I barely finished reading three pages, when I picked up a pencil and started to write, just the way Rochelle suggested. Within 40 minutes (…which flew by I must add), I had over four pages scribbled in an old spiral notebook containing thoughts, ideas, memories and more. Believing that I could actually write a novel was another matter. In fact, from the start I was more doubtful than confidant in any writing ability I once thought I had. But, a “dare” is a very strong motivator for me, and I continued to read, think and practice many of Rochelle’s ideas. Whether I ever write a novel, or an essay or even a short paragraph that anyone would care to read is still up in the air. The most important thing is the process, the effort, the fantasy of creating something that has any worth. Rochelle, you’re on! You had me at “I Dare You…”



Rochelle Jewel Shapiro’s first novel, Miriam the Medium (Simon & Schuster) was nominated for the Harold U. Ribelow Award and published in the U.K., and Belgium and Holland as Miriam Het Medium. Her new novel, Kaylee’s Ghost (Amazon and Nook) was finalist in the Indie 2013 Awards.

Shapiro teaches writing at UCLA Extension and like her character, Miriam Kaminsky, she is a phone psychic. Articles have been written about her psychic gift in Redbook, The Jerusalem Post, the Dutch Magazine, TV GID, and the Long Island section of the New York Times. She’s chronicled her own psychic experiences in Newsweek (My Turn), and The New York Times (Lives) which can be read on her website at