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Writing Articles From the Heart Paperback – March 1, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0898799880 ISBN-10: 0898799880

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Writers Digest Books (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898799880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898799880
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jay3fer on November 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I agree with the previous reviewer who found this book a little dated.
However...that said, her one chapter, "Three Surefire Ways to Organize What You Have to Say " contains the most down-to-earth and ... well... *surefire* way of writing any kind of article that I have seen in any writing book. Period.
In true cookbook fashion, Holmes will help you assemble your ingredients and stir them together in the most reliable way possible. As with any good recipe, there's plenty of room for creativity, but Holmes is there to coach you along the way.
Of course, the price is probably on the high side, just for that one chapter. :-) But if you can see past her sentimentalism, there are plenty of other gems in here as well.
I have written many articles using Holmes' formula(s), and I try to always check back with this one little chapter, just to make sure I'm on course. Time and again, I have found it has helped me smooth out my articles' rough edges and produce polished pieces I can show off with pride.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Denise Kennemer on February 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book gave me wonderful new insights into myself and my goal to help others learn from my mistakes and life experiences. I have always enjoyed keeping journals and diaries and now I have a new use for these records of my personal experiences. This book provides many wonderful but practical suggestions for identifying topics to write about, organizing your material before you write, identifying who to submit your work to for publication and much more. It also provides great information on writing technique. Chapters 11 & 12 identify the five fundamentals of all good creative writing and the basics of tone, focus and pace. Chapter 17 was very helpful, describing ways to identify potential publishers/editors to submit your work to. The basic premise underlying this book is similar to that described in Dale Carnegie's Quick and Easy Ways to Effective Public Speaking. He calls it the Magic Formula...talk about something you've earned the right to talk about (through personal experience or knowledge), begin with the incident, describe the action you want the listener (or reader in this case) to take, then list the benefits to the listener (reader) if they take that action. Writing Articles from the Heart is a wonderful book for novice and experienced writers and speakers.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
i didn't care much for this book, although perhaps it would be helpful to a beginning writer. Holmes' advice on keeping a notebook, for instance, seems rather obvious. and her 'you can do it too!' attitude gets grating.
what disturbed me most were all the examples. i didn't learn anything from them--this book just seemed a showcase for holmes' work. i don't mind a book written by a conservative homemaker, but this book should be about writing, not about her views on life. Nor did i particularly care to learn how succesful she was in her career as a columnist. to anyone who already knows anything about writing articles, i would recommend saving your money.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Reader in Washington DC on April 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
This a classic for any writer, no matter how experienced. I've published two books and many articles and reviews, but I learned so much from Marjorie Holmes that I felt like a beginner all over again! Her book is warm, practical, and full of the joy of conveying your unique personality in print. I finished the book and realized the author and I live in the same region (Northern Virginia) and have taught at the same university (Georgetown). Full of gratitude, I immediately wanted to look her up and write her a fan letter. Imagine my distress to learn that she passed away in 2002, at the age of 92. This book is such a gift. I do hope that she not too busy in Heaven to pay attention to her Amazon reviews, and that she realizes just how much her book meant to me.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
Some basic writing guidelines are timeless...and I think Marjorie Holmes proves that here. If you want to celebrate the wonderful "stuff" of your daily life and put it on paper then this book is for you. I teach a personal writing workshop using this book and it's always a hit.
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