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Score: 9.5/10  [1 review]
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ProdID: 954 - Write - a 30-day guide to creative writing
Written by Sarah Quigley

Write - a 30-day guide to creative writing
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May 2006

Write - a 30-day guide to creative writing product reviews

This book is designed for the aspiring fiction writer who needs to kick start their imagination. Packed with activities and daily tasks, it offers guidance through the basic stages of writing creatively: Inventing plot and dialogue, crafting characters, dealing with setting, pace and structure, and even overcoming writer's block.

Original, stimulating, and often funny, this is the ideal guide both for the independant writer, and for tutors and workshop leaders.

The author is a respected novelist, poet, short story writer and columnist, and in this book she shares some of the 'tricks of the trade' she has learned, and offers insights into the creative process, demystifying writing as a form of expression.

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Review by: diogenes (Rob)
Dated: 9th of May, 2006

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This Review: 9.5/10
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I guess everyone dreams of writing fiction at sometime in their lives. Some attempt and fail miserably, few attempt and succeed. Many more, like myself, tend to stick to non-fiction subjects, such as book reviews and academic writing - but hoping, ever so slightly, to come up with an interesting yarn, that could eventually be turned into a Hollywood blockbuster and make me a millionaire... So, now I really am dreaming, but the chance of writing good fiction, even as short stories is something many people aspire to, and for whatever reason, either never attempt it, or never succeed.

I guess nothing can ever be done to help you succeed if you never attempt it, but if you are willing to attempt and learn and try hard, maybe, just maybe...you could succeed.

Enter Write - a 30-day guide to creative writing Full of short chapters that can be dipped into when the need for inspiration is dire, or read cover to cover to self educate the reader. Whatever the purpose or the reason for the reader purchasing the book, there will be plenty of knowledge to help the prospective writer uncover or hone their inate talent, and with a flourish, polish one's work into something highly readable, even if it is not saleable.

The book is equiped with 30 chapters, meant to be read at daily intervals and the exercises completed before moving onto the next chapter. This could be done like that, or one could blitz through it and glean little from it other than another writer's perspective and how she works. One could read all the chapters sequentially and complete all the exercises in order, or one could pick chapters at random and complete the exercises when the writer's block hits and inspiration is needed.

Now, I must sharpen my pencils, put a ribbon in the typewriter, power up my laptop, but on some relaxing music and create my own work of fiction - to be reviewed on KIWIreviews at a later date...

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