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Conquering Writer's Block and Summoning Inspiration: Learn to Nurture a Lifestyle of Creativity (Helping Writers Become Authors Book 5) Kindle Edition
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- Book 5 of 8 in Helping Writers Become Authors
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- Publication date : December 17, 2014
- File size : 970 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : PenForASword Publishing (December 17, 2014)
- Print length : 72 pages
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00QHPSK3Q
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- Best Sellers Rank: #99,695 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I’m possibly not the best person to review this book, because I don’t really suffer from writer’s block. If I get stuck on one story, I go work in another for a while until the solution comes to me. At any given time, I may have 4-8 major projects on the go and another 10 or more on the ‘back burner’. But what works for my ADD brain may not work for other people, and especially, folks on tight deadlines who MUST get one specific story written.
However… I’m not 100% sure K.M. Weiland is the right person to WRITE this book, since she quite plainly confesses in it that she doesn’t believe in writer’s block either. What she does believe in is hard work to achieve results, and in this book she offers a host of practical tips for authors to get their creative juices flowing, no matter what.
The key point I took away from the book - and the one I’ve found works best for me as a writer - is preparation is key and procrastination is death. Get prepared. Plan what you’re going to write. Think about it during your non-writing time, and when you sit down at the keyboard you’ll hopefully have words ready to flow.
As for procrastination - well, it should be obvious that if you never start, you’ll never finish. If you’re a serial procrastinator, there are some useful and writing-specific tools here to help you conquer that, but as usual a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. Write one sentence. Write for five minutes. Do it every day and eventually, you’ll have a finished novel. Most of all, you have to believe in yourself as a writer, and accept that first drafts always suck. Just get that first draft down so you can start the process of turning your story into something that shines.
As I said at the top, this book was never going to be all that useful for me. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t work for you. If you need strategies to beat writer’s block and get yourself into that writing groove, this could very well be the most useful book you’ll ever read. I’m giving it four stars.
I particularly like the parts of the book which emphasise the importance of not only writing consistently, but relaxing consistently, thus being able to unleash the hidden creativity found in your subconscious. Yes, writers need to write. But writers also need time to unwind and allow their brains to do some backstage creative problem-solving. In this day and age of constant pressure for productivity and with so many sources of advice out there constantly urging us to action, it's important to remember that relative inaction, too, can be very useful.
I will definitely be keeping this on my e-reader to return to for reminders of how to recharge my creative forces.
'Don't ever forget to embrace the ecstasy of writing and remember what it's like to write with joy... TEach yourself to write with joy. Focus on the thrill of discovering the germ of a new story idea. Bask in the energy of characters who live and breathe on the page. Throw yourself a major party on completion of every novel...
We are writers. We are allowed to see the world in a way few others do. Fulfilment is ours for the taking, if only we can disperse the joy-killing demons that lurk beneath our desks.'
I would recommend 'Conquering Writer's Block' to anyone whose writing life needs a practical and inspiring vitamin B12 shot.
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This is an equally amazing work that has sound answers to the questions we ask ourselves. Inspiring.