A is for Zebra

Written by Administrator on 18 June 2012

A is for Zebra


Free Download

This book is available free of charge as an e-book here.

The platform should cater for most e-reading devices, though some readers might experience some inconsistencies with the book's formatting due to the platform catering for multiple reading devices. Feel free to let me know about any issues on a specific reader so that I can attempt to better the reading experience.

Printed Copy

If you are anything like me and prefer the touch and smell and feel of a printed book over the convenience of an e-book, fear not.

A is for Zebra: Exploring the Art of Soul Writing is available as a printed copy here (for American readers). For other international readers, the book should be available through whichever Amazon outlet you prefer.

Unfortunately I am still looking for a reliable distribution solution in South Africa.  I keep copies of the book in my personal library, so feel free to visit me and pick up a free copy.  If that's not possible and you really want the book, drop me an email with your postal address details and I will send you one.

Book Description

Short Description

In A is for Zebra: Exploring the Art of Soul Writing, I ask myself the poignant question: "Why do I write?", and go about answering that question as honestly as possible. In doing so, I re-discovered a timeless truth: Writers must toil with words because we love to write, and not because we love to be read.

Long Description

I used to really love writing.

As in REALLY. LOVE. WRITING.

I used to disappear for days on end with little more than my journal, a pen and a Little Oxford Dictionary to keep me company. I missed appointments, forfeited opportunities and cut back on anything distracting or destructive for the simple chance of writing a few words on a piece of paper than no one except me and the Almighty knew about.

Writing used to be sacred and transformative, nothing less than an act of saving grace.

This started to change a few years ago. More and more people asked me to share my writings with them: friends, family members, someone who broke into my office where my journals were kept who spend hours reading through them and confessed to me the next morning.

You know, the usual.

It dawned on me that it is selfish to keep these words to myself; that sharing them is both the logical and the loving thing to do.

Looking back on it now, I don’t doubt my conclusion that it was time to share my words, but I do doubt the way I set about doing it. Being a child of the digital age, I did the logical thing: I started a blog. My first blog was written under a pseudonym, but after a few months I realised that I needed to own my voice, and hence I started a new website under my own name. So far so good, I wouldn't have done it any differently.

Recognizing the benefit that people gleaned from reading what I had to say, I concluded that the next logical step was to start working on a book, and I went about doing just that. About a year and a half down the line I completed this momentous task, leaving a finished and professionally edited manuscript in my hands, complete with a foreword and a book cover and a website.

There was only one problem though: By the time I had finished the book, I hated writing.

The one thing that once was my lifeline to reality became a nauseating burden to me. The further I progressed along the path of seeking publication, the less passionate I became about words and writing. The industry of writing - making a product, building a platform, selling a product and so forth - was sucking the life out of the art of writing, so much so that I stopped writing altogether for about six months.

In A is for Zebra: Exploring the Art of Soul Writing, I ask myself the poignant question: "Why do I write?", and go about answering that question as honestly as possible. In doing so, I re-discovered a timeless truth: Writers must toil with words because we love to write, and not because we love to be read.

In many respects, this book is about my own personal journey of recovery, of how I grew to love writing again.