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Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are co-founders of Chicken Soup for the Soul.Amy Newmark is publisher and editor-in-cheif of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Susan M. Heim is an author, and longtime Chicken Soup for the Soul editor.
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Product Details

  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul; Original edition (May 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611599091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611599091
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By The Stuff of Success TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 13, 2013
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As a blogger I was naturally drawn to this Chicken Soup for the Soul book. It actually took me quite a while to develop this review - simply because I was absorbing every single story and evaluating it for relevance to my situation. I started writing on my blog just for fun - sharing motivational tips with my employees and friends. Then my blog became so much more - the world started to be interested in what I had to say. After a while I begin to feel more like a writer - which I never in a million years would have considered myself. Now I want to write more and differently - but have been quite nervous. I am sure some of the nervous energy is built up from a fear of rejection. These stories really help to create an appropriate perspective and mindset. Life is all about challenges and changes - change is scary but you can't survive in this world without changing. I would rather be in charge of the change rather than a victim of change. Therefore, I will definitely make writing more a part of my future and hopefully that of my children. My favorite story in this collection? "Treat the Rectangle Carefully"... Check it out - there are so many awesome stories to keep you enthralled for a very long time...

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I just finished reading "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers - Budding or Bestselling - From Books to Blogs." I loved it!

Well, of course, I would. I'm a writer! I'm not yet a published writer, but I am a writer.

Sometimes the dream of ever achieving publication seems just that: a dream. Sometimes I wonder what's the point of scribbling away in a room by myself into the wee hours of the morning. I haven't a clue as to what's the most popular show on television - who has time for TV? There's an essay to write, a blog post to edit, a flash fiction to craft... or a chapter to fashion for that novel that continues to challenge me. It seems at times almost overwhelming; at times, almost absurd.

What's the point? Does anyone care? Am I even any good?

"Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers" delivered the goods - it inspired me. It lifted me when I surely needed a boost.

It reminded me I'm not the only person sealing herself off from family and friends, desperate to steal precious minutes from an already crowded day in an attempt to write down a few words - even if those words never achieve publication. It's not just me who wears a blank expression during discussions of Jimmy Fallon's latest monologue or the new episode of some show called 'Scandal.' You see, I'm a writer. I haven't the time - I've got thoughts and images dancing around in my head, and I've got to quickly get them down on paper before they dance away. I love you, Jimmy - but for the foreseeable future, you and I will have to postpone our late night meetings. I've got a story to write!

Yes, I'm writer. Published or not. It's what I do. What I love. I couldn't not do it.
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As a writer myself, it's very difficult to pinpoint exactly WHAT is inspirational when it comes to a story. A lot of writers can draw inspiration from the walk on the beach. For me, I require a picture drawn in the sand of the beach. Don't forget to read the author bios on this one. No, I'm not in there, but it really completes the story. What was it Paul Harvey said? "The rest of the story."
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Everyone needs encouragement. I would say especially writers with all the rejection letters that are bound to tumble their way. Boo--Hiss!

Nobody understands a "writer" like another writer, and these stories provide lovely snippets of how writers get their inspiration and weave that into the wonderful pieces that stir our souls through laughter, tears, and life experiences.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers is broken up into eleven different sections including: Facing My Fears, Wrestling with Writer's Block, The Healing Power of Words, Mentors Who Mattered, and many more. Each story is 2-4 pages long and can be read in one sitting or in quick doses as time allows. I know that each story will be a motivation for writers to not give up and truly see that stories are all around us if we take the time to look.

What story is in you? Don't give up on your dreams. Keep pursuing them and know you are on the {{write}} right path!!!

The publisher sent me the above book for review purposes. It will allow me to keep the book. I have no other connection to and have received no other compensation from Chicken Soup for the Soul.
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As an author myself (Sweetland of Liberty Bed & Breakfast), I enjoyed "visiting" with other writers and authors in this book through their behind-the- scenes stories of what they write and publish.
This book is a great read for anyone who writes full time, on the side, or simply dreams of one day doing either. It addresses the joys and challenges of putting our work -- and ourselves -- out there.
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This book is definitely inspiring. Whether a professional writer or a up and comer this book has something for everyone. There are positive stories, sad (rejected) stories, motivating ones and more. As a blogger I write, a lot, but before I blogged I have always been fascinated with writing. This book is great because the stories are short (2-3 pages each) and easy to read here and there. For me as a busy mom of three I love being able to read just a few pages and not loose my place if I don't pick up the book for a few more days. I haven't made it through all 101 stories yet, but so far so good. The book is also broken down into chapters all surrounding writing and writers.

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