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Fennel’s JournalA Writer's Year

A Writer’s Year celebrates the writer’s craft and the journey to becoming an author. It champions the handwritten letter, discusses vintage pens and writing ink, and celebrates antique typewriters and the quirkiness of the creative mind. It’s funny. It’s serious. It’s real life. It’s written to encourage aspiring authors to find their voice, put pen to paper, and follow their dreams.

  • Contents

    Chapters

    1. Full Stop – A plea for you to write and send more handwritten letters.
    2. Introduction – Writing, thinking, dreaming.
    3. Measures of Success – From dream to reality. A writer's 30-year journey.
    4. A Room Full of Books – The perfect place to write.
    5. To be an Author – Fame, fortune, and very warm pens. Read sample chapter.
    6. From Me to You – Letters past, present and future.
    7. Handwritten Letters  – Praise for the handwritten letter. Read sample chapter.
    8. His Nibs – The beauty of fountain pens.
    9. The Magic Within – Time to think, and make some ink. Read sample chapter.
    10. A New Writing Desk – A three-legged writing desk encourages Fennel to be creative.
    11. Type, Writer – A vintage typewriter gets Fennel very excited.
    12. Out and About with a Notebook – Fennel's study goes mobile to get closer to nature.
    13. Candlelight – The best light for encouraging creativity.
    14. Making an Impression – The beauty of bespoke writing paper.
    15. The Night Shift – Fennel's creativity peaks when he ought to be sleeping.
    16. 'Dictionery' – Crossed words?
    17. Writing in Church – Fennel seeks 'discreet enlightenment'.
    18. Away from It All – The pleasures and importance of a writer's holiday.
    19. The Creative Fire – What do you think when you gaze into the embers?
    20. The Lost Story of a Lost Pen – Fennel rediscovers his old fountain pen.
    21. The Golden Rules of Writing – Fennel's guide to the writer's craft. Read sample chapter.
    22. Look Back, but Never Look Down – The self-confidence to keep going.

    Publication details

    Published by Fennel’s Priory Limited. Global book distribution by Ingram.

    • First shared as handwritten letters in 2008
    • Limited edition collectors' magazine published in 2012
    • Abridged eBook published in 2013
    • Extended version in hardback and paperback published in 2017
    • Audiobook published in 2018

    Copyright © Fennel Hudson 2008, 2017

    • Hardback ISBN 978-1-909947-10-8
    • Paperback ISBN 978-1-909947-11-5
    • eBook ISBN 978-1-909947-09-2
    • Kindle ISBN 978-1-909947-08-5
    • Audiobook download ISBN 978-1-909947-94-8
    • Audiobook CD ISBN 978-1-909947-95-5

    A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library.


     

  • Commentary

    Fennel's Commentary

    A Writer's Year was written in 2008, the year I returned to 'normal' life after spending nine months living alone in a wood beside a lake. My time away from society (to gather my thoughts and determine my priorities) led me to the conclusion that I had spent too long neglecting my writing talents. I decided, there and then, to pursue a career as a full-time writer. It led to what you see today. 14 books, hundreds of blogs, three world tours, a podcast, video channel, and 30 million words in print.

    As features on the inside cover of my book:

    "Fennel Hudson is an author, blogger, letter writer, magazine contributor and public speaker. He’s published fourteen books in the Fennel’s Journal series, writes the weekly Fennel on Friday blog and hosts The Contented Countryman podcast. By day he’s an award-winning copywriter and authority in the art of writing sales proposals. With more than thirty million of his words in print, you’d think he’d be tiring of the craft. But his passion remains, especially for writing letters with a vintage fountain pen onto quality paper."

    If I hadn't written A Writer's Year, then what followed would not have been possible. You wouldn't be reading this now. That my writing brings pleasure to my readers, gives me the confidence to continue putting pen to paper every day.

    Watch Fennel's video introducing the book.

    The book cover

    In case you were wondering, the pen that features on the cover of A Writer's Year is a limited edtion Conway Stewart 'Wordsworth'. Number 11 of 368, it's a handcrafted pen made from traditional casein resin, with 18 carat solid gold nib and inlays. I purchased it as a commitment to myself: that one day I would be a 'proper' writer, earning my living from writing. I was not allowed to write with it until my first book was published. This happened in June 2017 when I published Fine Things in hardback and paperback. I'm very proud to feature it on the cover of A Writer's Year.

    More information about the cover of A Writer's Year can be read in the blog here.


     

  • Quotes

    Favourite Quote

    "Writing, with a fountain pen and ink from a bottle, onto real paper, is the simplest of things. Yet it can transport us to a different place entirely. Imagination is the real magic that exists in this world. Look inwards, to see outwards. And capture it in writing."

    Fennel Hudson, A Writer's Year, Fennel's Journal No. 3


    Other Quotes

    About creativity

    Imagination is the real magic that exists in this world. Fennel Hudson author quote.

    Look inwards, to see outwards, and capture it in writing. Fennel Hudson author quote.

    About being an author

    Fennel Hudson author quote: being an author

    Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, you're a writer

    Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, the pen is mightier than the sword

    Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, I like to start slowly

    About books and reading

    Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, Books are portals

    Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, worlds within words

    Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, Each book is a doorway

    Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, Friendships bound by books

    Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, the more you read

    Encouragement for writers

    Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, writing defines you

    Fennel Hudson author quote, A Writer's Year, seek the story

    Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, Make a difference

    Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, extra effort

    Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, never approach your writing

    Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, from now on you're a writer

    Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, there's no room for indulgence

    Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, pen to paper

    Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, you're a writer

    Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, Exams test your memory

    About fountain pens and writing ink

    Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, a pen transmits the voice of the soul

    Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, writing ink

    About communication

    Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, send slash receive


     

  • Testimonials

    Reader Testimonials

    "Worth it for the first chapter alone. This book cannot fail to motivate the would-be author."

    “What Fennel has written is not so much a eulogy for the handwritten letter as a call-to-arms for everyone to follow their dreams and make the most of their God-given talents. This is a genuinely inspiring read.”

    “I loved the part: ‘If a pen can communicate our thoughts, dreams and emotions and be the voice of our soul, then writing ink is the medium that carries the message.’ It shows how important and generous writing can be.”

    “It really is a life-changing read. A Writer’s Year is excellent and has rekindled my letter-writing youth!”


     

Chapters

  1. Full Stop – A plea for you to write and send more handwritten letters.
  2. Introduction – Writing, thinking, dreaming.
  3. Measures of Success – From dream to reality. A writer's 30-year journey.
  4. A Room Full of Books – The perfect place to write.
  5. To be an Author – Fame, fortune, and very warm pens. Read sample chapter.
  6. From Me to You – Letters past, present and future.
  7. Handwritten Letters  – Praise for the handwritten letter. Read sample chapter.
  8. His Nibs – The beauty of fountain pens.
  9. The Magic Within – Time to think, and make some ink. Read sample chapter.
  10. A New Writing Desk – A three-legged writing desk encourages Fennel to be creative.
  11. Type, Writer – A vintage typewriter gets Fennel very excited.
  12. Out and About with a Notebook – Fennel's study goes mobile to get closer to nature.
  13. Candlelight – The best light for encouraging creativity.
  14. Making an Impression – The beauty of bespoke writing paper.
  15. The Night Shift – Fennel's creativity peaks when he ought to be sleeping.
  16. 'Dictionery' – Crossed words?
  17. Writing in Church – Fennel seeks 'discreet enlightenment'.
  18. Away from It All – The pleasures and importance of a writer's holiday.
  19. The Creative Fire – What do you think when you gaze into the embers?
  20. The Lost Story of a Lost Pen – Fennel rediscovers his old fountain pen.
  21. The Golden Rules of Writing – Fennel's guide to the writer's craft. Read sample chapter.
  22. Look Back, but Never Look Down – The self-confidence to keep going.

Publication details

Published by Fennel’s Priory Limited. Global book distribution by Ingram.

  • First shared as handwritten letters in 2008
  • Limited edition collectors' magazine published in 2012
  • Abridged eBook published in 2013
  • Extended version in hardback and paperback published in 2017
  • Audiobook published in 2018

Copyright © Fennel Hudson 2008, 2017

  • Hardback ISBN 978-1-909947-10-8
  • Paperback ISBN 978-1-909947-11-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-909947-09-2
  • Kindle ISBN 978-1-909947-08-5
  • Audiobook download ISBN 978-1-909947-94-8
  • Audiobook CD ISBN 978-1-909947-95-5

A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library.


 

Fennel's Commentary

A Writer's Year was written in 2008, the year I returned to 'normal' life after spending nine months living alone in a wood beside a lake. My time away from society (to gather my thoughts and determine my priorities) led me to the conclusion that I had spent too long neglecting my writing talents. I decided, there and then, to pursue a career as a full-time writer. It led to what you see today. 14 books, hundreds of blogs, three world tours, a podcast, video channel, and 30 million words in print.

As features on the inside cover of my book:

"Fennel Hudson is an author, blogger, letter writer, magazine contributor and public speaker. He’s published fourteen books in the Fennel’s Journal series, writes the weekly Fennel on Friday blog and hosts The Contented Countryman podcast. By day he’s an award-winning copywriter and authority in the art of writing sales proposals. With more than thirty million of his words in print, you’d think he’d be tiring of the craft. But his passion remains, especially for writing letters with a vintage fountain pen onto quality paper."

If I hadn't written A Writer's Year, then what followed would not have been possible. You wouldn't be reading this now. That my writing brings pleasure to my readers, gives me the confidence to continue putting pen to paper every day.

Watch Fennel's video introducing the book.

The book cover

In case you were wondering, the pen that features on the cover of A Writer's Year is a limited edtion Conway Stewart 'Wordsworth'. Number 11 of 368, it's a handcrafted pen made from traditional casein resin, with 18 carat solid gold nib and inlays. I purchased it as a commitment to myself: that one day I would be a 'proper' writer, earning my living from writing. I was not allowed to write with it until my first book was published. This happened in June 2017 when I published Fine Things in hardback and paperback. I'm very proud to feature it on the cover of A Writer's Year.

More information about the cover of A Writer's Year can be read in the blog here.


 

Favourite Quote

"Writing, with a fountain pen and ink from a bottle, onto real paper, is the simplest of things. Yet it can transport us to a different place entirely. Imagination is the real magic that exists in this world. Look inwards, to see outwards. And capture it in writing."

Fennel Hudson, A Writer's Year, Fennel's Journal No. 3


Other Quotes

About creativity

Imagination is the real magic that exists in this world. Fennel Hudson author quote.

Look inwards, to see outwards, and capture it in writing. Fennel Hudson author quote.

About being an author

Fennel Hudson author quote: being an author

Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, you're a writer

Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, the pen is mightier than the sword

Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, I like to start slowly

About books and reading

Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, Books are portals

Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, worlds within words

Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, Each book is a doorway

Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, Friendships bound by books

Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, the more you read

Encouragement for writers

Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, writing defines you

Fennel Hudson author quote, A Writer's Year, seek the story

Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, Make a difference

Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, extra effort

Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, never approach your writing

Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, from now on you're a writer

Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, there's no room for indulgence

Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, pen to paper

Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, you're a writer

Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, Exams test your memory

About fountain pens and writing ink

Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, a pen transmits the voice of the soul

Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, writing ink

About communication

Fennel Hudson author quote, a writer's year, send slash receive


 

Reader Testimonials

"Worth it for the first chapter alone. This book cannot fail to motivate the would-be author."

“What Fennel has written is not so much a eulogy for the handwritten letter as a call-to-arms for everyone to follow their dreams and make the most of their God-given talents. This is a genuinely inspiring read.”

“I loved the part: ‘If a pen can communicate our thoughts, dreams and emotions and be the voice of our soul, then writing ink is the medium that carries the message.’ It shows how important and generous writing can be.”

“It really is a life-changing read. A Writer’s Year is excellent and has rekindled my letter-writing youth!”


 

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