Synopsis: The Little Book of Muses is an elegant, clever and inspiring read to influence musings, daily writings and enriching one’s work. It is a good-feel guide to make a writer passionate and motivated about their craft. Some of the phrases will tickle your funny bone while others offer nuggets of wisdom condensed into a few lines.
The Little Book of Muses, the latest from journalist and novelist Khaled Talib, is a compendium of bon mots on the process and experience of writing. Throughout the trailer, the camera pans over a corkboard covered in generically lovely travel photographs, with feel-good aphorisms—presumably excerpts from The Little Book of Muses—tacked alongside them. The jangly guitar background music sounds like it might be the default vacation slideshow music from iPhoto, and if the trailer is any indication, the book itself will also be suffused with that same upbeat, down-home feel. Some of Talib’s little notes and writing prompts seem insightful (“The write way is to undress your mind before diving into a pool of ink:), while others feel simply clichéd (“How high can you climb?”). Even so, any writer looking for guidance or inspiration will likely to be able to find something of value within these pages; The Little Book of Muses looks to be the kind of volume that one might flip through on a rainy day, searching for a new idea or starting point. Perhaps not great literature, but useful and enjoyable nonetheless.
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About Khaled Talib:
Khaled Talib is a former journalist turned PR pro, and the author of the upcoming thriller novel Smokescreen. He lives in Singapore.
I'm a lifelong literary omnivore, and am delighted to be turning my obsession with books into a career. I currently write for Kirkus Reviews and Bookslut, and I also work as a freelance writer and editor for organizations and individuals of all stripes. When I'm not messing around with words, you'll find me singing, cooking, or wandering the streets of Brooklyn. Check out all my articles.