- File Size: 997 KB
- Print Length: 73 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: PenForASword Publishing (December 17, 2014)
- Publication Date: December 17, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00QHPSK3Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,062 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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I will admit the first sentences in the Introduction threw me: "If you're like most writers, coming up with story ideas is rarely a problem. More than likely your brain bubbles...with ideas....I've yet to meet a writer who decided I'd like to be an author -- and then sat down to brainstorm ideas." I'm the writer she never met - I have no bubbling pot of ideas - I write to emulate the greats that gave me pleasure as a child. I used to daydream - but as Wieland says in the second chapter, in the hurry and stress of adult life, I lost my daydreams. Or rather, they became mundane. Boring. I liked other sentences much better: "Are you called to be a writer.? ...Chances are if you're reading this, you have been called." And with the techniques Wieland describes, some of discipline and some of art, she gives us the wherewithal to answer that call.
Of course it's up to us to use it!
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.
If you're stuck and have given up hope that that breakthrough idea will ever be found, read this book.
K.M. Weiland writes with honest words. Enjoyable and writerly, yet somehow she managed to make me feel like I was talking over coffee and brownies with someone who knows, someone who's been there. The strategies written in this book are insightful to the aspiring writer, as well as a soothing reminder to veterans. This isn't a book you read once and toss away, but rather, it is something to get you through the unavoidable lows of writing so that you might claim that high once more.
This book (based off the CD of the same name) has reminded me again and again that it's okay to enjoy the gift of writing, and has helped me to tranquilize that inner critic crunching the bones of my confidence.
'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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fallen off the writing wagon.