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Writeriffic: Creativity Training for Writers Paperback – October 1, 2001
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On the other hand, the advice here is useful. Ms. Shaw is the author of many (many!) books and magazine articles, and the teacher of an online class, and she has some practical and handy advice to pass on. Ms. Shaw strikes a nice balance between encouraging anyone who wants to try to write, and reminding us that writing takes skill and work.
I think the exercises are good. Not stunning. But certainly if you're having trouble getting started, the exercises provided here might get you going. Some of these are fairly traditional (pick a word at random from the dictionary and start writing on it). A few are actually a little different (cut photos from magazines of people and animals and match animal heads to people bodies. Write using your creation as a character). Technically there are 19 exercises. Many of them have plenty of possible variations, however, so if you don't get bored, they can keep you busy for a while.
On the one hand, the single blank page that goes with each exercise might lower the barriers of resistance when you're trying to get yourself to do the first exercise or three.Read more ›
For those of you who express concern about so many "blank pages," be reminded that writing is all about practice, practice, practice. Also be on guard: Eva's exercises in the book, as with her on-line classes, are deceptively simple. My copy is now dog-eared, coffee-stained, stuffed with post-it notes, and smothered in exercise scribble (some of which constitutes first, very rough drafts of works to come). This is a great reference book, practice journal, and guide for the emerging writer ~ in any genre. It will unleash your creative right brain ~ guaranteed. I say buy it, use it, and savor the rewards!
After opening it up I realized this book was written by someone who cares about the craft and she willingly flows with a open heart.Its somewhat of a rare gift when someone mentors with compassion. Eva Shaw's online course works well with this companion book,and the positive support there is outstanding.
This books gives the writer the ability to be expressive and overcome the anxiety of the word.
The empty pages are there for a reason,Mrs. Shaw answered the phone leaned over and hands us the phone.Its for you she said.
So off we go filling those blank pages.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An accomplished writer and writing teacher tells you her creativity "secrets" in one book. Eva Shaw is one of the most well known online writing teachers there is. Read morePublished on December 13, 2013 by J. Slaughter
This book has 4o light pages of content and 140 pages of note lines for you to write on.
It's a nice little exercise book, but I would never have spent $15. Read more
Disappointing in that half the pages are blank, meant for you to write in. Hello, I could write the exercises in a notebook!Published on September 27, 2009 by cpc
Writeriffic is wonderful. It provided concise, constructive information and encouragement to the reader/writer. Read morePublished on October 4, 2008 by Watona King
I love this book and the inspiration it brings to me every time I pick it up. Eva's words are both soothing ( you can do this) and challenging (you know you want to write so here... Read morePublished on September 25, 2007 by Beth C. Beurkens
You can find the exercises in many other writing books, nothing very new or special here. And, hey, I already have a journal (many of them for that matter) and 3/4 of the book is... Read morePublished on January 30, 2005 by nan
Although Eva Shaw is a good instructor in her teleclasses. This book is a waste of time. Almost 3/4 of it is lined blank pages. The exercises are also very unimaginative.Published on January 24, 2005 by Terri J. Cornish
I took Eva's online course by the same title, not knowing what to do with a blank page. The course was wonderful and got me pointed in the right direction. Read morePublished on October 21, 2004 by Terry