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The Productive Writer: Tips & Tools to Help You Write More, Stress Less & Create Success Paperback – December 30, 2010
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"Poetic and practical, inspiring and hands-on, Sage Cohen writes like the good friend who actually wants you to succeed. Prepare to be inspired--and prepare to get to work. Whether you're a new or seasoned writer, this book will push you to your potential." --Ariel Gore,author of How to Become a Famous Writer Before You're Dead
"Sage Cohen marries her lucid poet's eye and her strategic business mind together in The Productive Writer, the most supportive book on writing productivity I've read in ages. Whether a fly-by-night creative or a ducks-in-a-row organizer, a brand newbie, or a stuck professional, every writer will find tools, templates and compassionate wisdom in this magnificently helpful read." --Jordan Rosenfeld, author of Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time
"This book is an essential tool for every writer. From those just starting out, to those on the bestseller list, Sage Cohen offers tools that will help you do what you do better. The Productive Writer may be the most practical writing guide out there. I have my copy. Now go buy yours." --Chelsea Cain, New York Times Bestselling author
"While Sage offers tips on the nitty-gritty of productivity -- everything from tracking your time to organizing your bookshelves -- she goes way beyond that to address such important topics as how to build your platform, overcoming fear, and how to THINK more productively. I'm a productivity freak, and I came away from this book with a ton of actionable ideas. Even better, Sage's writing style is delightful. I recommend The Productive Writer to everyone who wants to write, whether for a hobby or for a living." --Linda Formichelli, author of The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success.
"The Productive Writer is one of those great books that is a compilation of advice that takes writers step by step through the process of becoming published, while at the same time teaching how to maintain balance in daily life as it lends courage to express something deep within you. More than a how-to-write book; this volume fills in the gaps of what you need to know about living as a writer. The book is chockfull of check lists and exercises and whiz-bang explanations that make writing feasible, fulfilling, and, dare I say, fun." --Jessica Morrell, author of six books, including Thanks, but This Isn't for Us, A (sort of) Compassionate Guide to Why Your Writing is Being Rejected
About the Author
Sage Cohen is author of Writing the Life Poetic: An Invitation to Read and Write Poetry and the poetry collection Like the Heart, the World. She has published more than 30 poems and essays in journals and anthologies including Poetry Flash, The Oregonian, Oregon Literary Review, A Cup of Comfort for Writers, and others. She has headlined classes, workshops and lectures, has written monthly columns for five print and online publications on the craft and business of writing, and teaches the online workshop Poetry for the People. Her websites are: www.sagesaidso.com and www.sagesaidso.typepad.com.
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Because of this book, I'm now approaching my blogging and writing as a job. This is very helpful because it prevents severe procrastination on my part. I now have a professional approach to my writing, instead of being somewhat of a dilettante in my approach to writing.
The book is also very useful because it tells me to create a platform (or several platforms) - something that I had never thought about before. I was writing so many different things, but without rhyme or reason. I had no particular goals. I finally realized that I am a writer, even if I haven't been published in a famous magazine yet. This has completely changed my mindset.
I have read other books who talked about using a business-like approach to writing, but somehow they didn't always motivate me that way this book does. Perhaps it is because those books were more geared toward commercial business writing, and this book including all types of writing. No matter what type of writing you do, you must approach it professionally.
I suddenly realized that I could use my two blogs as two different platforms. I now have real goals for my career instead of my former scattered approach. I used to wonder if all the different things I was interested in writing about would ever add up to anything, and now it does.
Every page of this book gives me great and useful ideas that I can use! Cohen is such a fount of knowledge - she uses examples from her own writing career. She is a poet and a business writer, and uses a business-like approach to two very different forms of writing.
I love how positive this book is and the conviction by the author that writing is a truly satisfying way to spend your life.
I highly recommend this book to all writers!
I got the book to become a more productive writer. At chapter one a few pages in I hit gold. The author tells you to write down, and keep a separate file for each of your writing and publishing goals. It pretty much teaches you to have a list of possibilities to prepare you for the unexpected.
I loved the book on how to become a more productive writer. It was a really good book too if you are just learning how to make writing a career. It teaches you how to find a writing rhythm. It teaches you how to organize books and notebooks too. It tells you how to stay focused on your writing goals, and how to face a blank page. It asks you various questions throughout the chapters to reflect on certain parts of the writing life. It helps you come up with plans, and prepares you for becoming a successful and productive writer.
I enjoyed reading the questions, and there are even free templates you can use with certain exercises. The link is in the ebook to download free stuff from the Writer's Digest site. It is a book that thoroughly goes through the process from start to finish in the quest to becoming a productive writer. It prepares you for the expected and unexpected. I highly recommend buying the book to become the productive writer of your dreams. It was very helpful to me, and it was a big help in facing my fears with becoming a successful writer who figured out how to enjoy the process.
My biggest complaint is that the font size picked for this publication is ridiculously small. I have great eyesight and I compared the text to multiple other books I own. It was smaller than all of them in the regular text areas, and the tables and notes included on the pages were even smaller still. Open up a Word file, type a sentence and make it 9pt font. That's how small some of the writing is. It made enjoying the book difficult.