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The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Writer's Block by Hillary Rettig (2011-11-15) Paperback – 1750
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Rettig has written a compassionate manual for the blocked. This is not a silly how-to with writing prompts and stories about others who have succeeded. Or a list of ideas which MIGHT work. Nope. This book forces you to both analyze yourself and reconstruct your mindset.
It touches upon so many facets of the writer's life, while advising you and warning you through each facet. Everything seen in the light of perfectionism takes on a new hue. Sometimes this process is scary, sad, and enlightening.
If you have any type of creative block--whether in writing, painting, business, choreography, etc.--read this book. While it is certainly geared toward writers, the food for thought within will surprise you. Read this book if you want to move forward, through any block, while holding a better understanding of WHY you're blocked. And how the source of that block creeps up on you in EVERY AREA of your life!
Other books,often, keep you banging your head against the block until it cracks.
Rettig grants you a type of actionable psychological freedom. You will be impressed. I promise. Take it step by step, day by day.
Learn about procrastination in all its forms, about metaphorical invisibility and isolation, rejection, fear, mentors, pacing, self-publishing. And much more. You get more than your money's worth in this gem.
BUY IT. And good luck with your creative ventures! I, personally. feel great now.
In order to understand why we never finish anything, why we have a drawer full of beautiful first chapters, or why we 'just can't seem to find the time' we have to take a clinical look within.
Hillary Rettig helps us do that in an informative, kind and encouraging manner, and not only helps us identify the triggers to procrastination, but provides techniques to help us move past the very real obstacles we encounter.
I strongly recommend, if you have struggled with anything for more than a year, beat yourself up constantly over why you can't seem to complete a work and especially if you have read every craft book out there: sometimes the problem isn't the story. Sometimes the problem is y-o-u.
If you can face yourself objectively and are ready to roll up your sleeves, this book will offer some insights into what has caused certain behaviours, and what you can do about them. There is hope and there is help, so take heart my weary friend, and be prepared to move into the next successful phase of your writing.
I highly recommend this book to writers in any type of setting. The advice applies to those who write genre fiction, literary fiction, poetry, nonfiction, or academic work. I wish I had this book before starting my manuscript and when I was starting graduate school. Hillary speaks authoritatively to both worlds.
Great book and well worth returning to as needed.
Now the reason that I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. First of all there is a very annoying formatting error in every chapter. The first letter of the paragraph is located above the paragraph and then the first word is missing the first letter. Poor formatting indeed. I also had a real problem in that the book was not broken up in chapters but item numbers in the decimals. I found this very disorienting and weird and peculiar. These are relatively minor complaints that do not take away from the excellent content however.
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This book is an excellent read. I highly recommend this one.