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Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul: Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit of Writers Paperback – June 29, 2000
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Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul anthologizes 80 stories of heartwarming writerly success. As is the trademark of the Chicken Soup series, these are feel-good stories about unforgettable relatives, encouraging teachers, serendipitous encounters, memorable experiences, positive outlooks, and, yes, seemingly unbearable adversity. But even the most tragic stories here are written to inspire. In fact, the success of many of the contributors seems a direct result of their overwhelming misfortune: Christine Clifford parlayed her battle with breast cancer into a book of cancer-related cartoons (Not Now ... I'm Having a No Hair Day!). After his son, Nicholas, was shot by highway robbers in Italy and Nicholas's organs were donated to seven ailing Italian children, Reg Green chronicled the experience in The Nicholas Effect. More than a decade after a professor squelched her pen by telling her that her writing "stinks," Catherine Lanigan rebounded and went on to write Romancing the Stone). And Barbara Jeanne Fisher managed to write Stolen Moments, a romance, despite having five kids before embarking on a college degree, then being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and lupus.
Consuming the whole tureen's worth at once might be a bit much, but a spoonful here and there will help any struggling writer remember that they are part of a whole community of struggling writers. With contributions from Ernest J. Gaines, Terry McMillan, Sue Grafton, Steve Allen, George Plimpton, and Ray Bradbury. --Jane Steinberg
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JACK CANFIELD and MARK VICTOR HANSEN, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling coauthors, are professional speakers who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the personal and professional development of others. Canfield and Hansen are based out of Santa Barbara, California and Newport Beach, California, respectively.
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From An Abyss To The Mountaintop;(pages 36-40)-A comedy writer (Larry Wilde0 discusses his journey that he undertook on the way towards creating some of his writings (such as the book The Great Comedians Talk About Comedy).
Pages 144 and 145; Author Irving Wallace discusses the role that imagination plays in writing and she gives the innovative example of Leonardo DaVinci and his last supper painting.
Page 303- The healing title called The Power of Perseverance that discusses examples such as writer Amy B. Harris describing why it is important to keep writing even in the face of rejection and believing in yourself. She relates her own story of trying to get a 500 page story published over at least three years ( through the V.I.P publisher channels).
Written by those whose names are both readily recognizable or only found behind-the-scenes, the tales of how these people became writers, the people who supported them or how they overcame adversity and nay-sayers, plus slices of their lives today are sometimes what we all need to give a lift to our own writing.
One of the stories dearest to me is by writer/producer/director/ actor Garry Marshall. Mr. Marshall tells a touching yet amusing tale of returning to his native Bronx for an award, the Bronx of painful memories of a sickly childhood,and his sudden realization that his early life was the reason for his current happiness and success.
Although nearly all Chicken Soup stories can be considered "inspirational" and balm to the soul, "Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul" can also be a boot to the seat for those who need a boost to put their words down and get them out there for others to read, whether for the first time, or because they have become disheartened.
It will help you remember and realize your own back-stories.
teacher manuals. I used this in classes in 7/8th grade and in in prep classes in 9/10 junior college.