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Writeriffic: Creativity Training for Writers Paperback – October 1, 2001

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Take your writing career, your writing dreams seriously. This book is just a baby step to help that happen. I urge you to invest in yourself. Creativity is fun, exciting and oh, so satisfying. Won't you let me mentor you? This book workbook, journal and how-to text is a great start.

About the Author

Eva Shaw is the author of more than 60 books, including Writing the Nonfiction Book, Resumes for Women, and Writing and Selling Magazine Articles. She teaches online writing courses offered at 1,200 colleges and universities worldwide.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Writeriffic Publishing Group (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970575815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970575814
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,613,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By H. Grove (errantdreams) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
"Writerrific" is subtitled: "Creativity Training for Writers." The idea is that it gives hints, tips, and exercises that will help you to get past what author Eva Shaw calls "page fright" and turn yourself into a font of creative ideas. There are some topics in here that sound interesting, including "Writeriffic and You: Styling Your Creative Life", "Your Inner Writer", "Your Writer's Voice", "Creative Kick Starts", and "Can You Make It as a Writer?". But don't get excited just yet; these only take up about 14 pages, largish print with very large section headings.
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.
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Don't let the small price of this must-have writing book make you think it's ho-hum. It's has become just the spark I've needed to keep the momentum going in my writing career, after a lengthy bout with writer's block. The exercises are simple, "deceptively simple" according to Dr. Shaw, and have made me stretch more than I thought possible. Now my creative thinking has changed and it seems that everyday I see and understand more of what I'm to do as a writer. Besides the book is fun and the advice is timely, non intimidating and just as encouraging as Dr. Shaw is in person. I've attended some of her online writing classes and that coupled with this incredible investment has propelled me to selling three articles and placing a number of essays. If you're in a period of doubting your creativity, get this book. I did and I'm telling all my writing friends.
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How can you not love this little gem? First of all you can take it wherever you go. Write in it every day; use it for ideas for articles, essays and short stories; and when you feel like you haven't got a word worth writing left inside of you, go to page 49, and start putting some of the words that are out there together - I'll guarantee you'll be off and writing. It's a lot of writing practice for a little money - a wise investment at any price.
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Eva Shaw knows of what she speaks. Her gifts to us are extraordinary, not only because she is a working writer and an active mentor, but perhaps more importantly, because she shares unselfishly from the heart and her very own school of hard knocks. "Writeriffic," the book, reflects the Eva I have come to know and respect through three of her on-line classes, including "Writeriffic" and "Advanced Writeriffic." She is concise, practical, poignant, positive, and inspirational ~ and gives great "nudges" to boot.

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!
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My initial opinion of this writers guide was empty pages??
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.
Antonio Cavaluzzo
Randolph N.J.
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I just got this book last week, and I love it already. I did the "18" exercise and found myself reliving the dread and fear I felt at age 18. The exercises are simple to do, but not always easy. Still, I'm eager to do more. I used to belong to that quote (I don't know the source), "I hate writing, but I love having written." More and more, with the help & encouragement of this book, I love the writing too!
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