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Unleash the Writer Within Paperback – February 12, 2014
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About the Author
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Cecil Murphey has written or co-written more than 135 books, including the bestsellers 90 Minutes in Heaven (with Don Piper) and Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (with Dr. Ben Carson). His books have sold in the millions, been translated into more than 40 languages, and have brought hope and encouragement to countless readers around the world.
Since becoming a professional writer in 1984, he’s continued to push himself to learn new things, and he’s helped thousands of writers through his classes and keynotes at conferences, the many scholarships he’s provided, his one-on-one mentoring, his blog for writers (www.cecwritertowriter.com), and his books for writers. Among his many prestigious awards are a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and the Extraordinary Service Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors, both honoring him for his numerous contributions to the field of writing and his selfless service to other writers. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
I wish I'd had this writing book thirty years ago when I started out. I would have avoided some pitfalls and loooong detours that have taken years to correct.
If you want a writing mentor, you need look no further than Cec Murphey's Unleash the Writer Within. The subtitle calls it "the essential writers' companion."
I would have to agree.
What's Different About This Book?
It's honest, it's transparent, and it comes from the heart. It also made me laugh on more than one occasion because the author had the guts to say some things that need to be said about the writing life, how we market, and so many other topics dear to a writer's heart.
Before you get stressed out and caught up in all the things "they say" you have to do and be and write about to be successful, I urge you to get a copy of this book. It will help you discover your own personal voice and style so you sound authentic. It will show you how to actually make friends with your inner critic and writer's block--and eliminate them. And the author deals so honestly with a writer's fears--and how to use them and learn from them to grow as a writer.
Who Is This Man?
So who is Cecil Murphey? Why should you listen to his advice? Well, he's a New York Times' best-selling author who's written or co-written more than 120 fiction and nonfiction books, including the runaway bestseller 90 Minutes in Heaven (with Don Piper) and Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story. His books have sold millions of copies and have been translated into more than 40 languages.
Just to give you a taste of the book, below are some quotes from Unleash the Writer Within by Cecil Murphey:
*"Too many want-to-be-successful authors get the idea that you must write in a certain way to succeed."
*"Your most honest writing becomes your best writing."
*"I don't advocate rigid self-discipline. I tried that. For years, I held to tight schedules, refused to allow deviations, and castigated myself when I failed. I've since learned that true self-discipline flows out of gentleness and self-respect."
*"How would it affect your writing if you weren't constantly looking at your faults but focusing on what you can do?"
*"You write best what you know best. The better you know yourself, the higher the quality of your work."
*What if you follow everyone else's advice about your writing? "If you heed their words, you may end up trying to be somebody you're not. To follow that advice not only weakens the power of your words, but the writing doesn't ring true because it no longer comes from deep within."
*"If it's easy or simple to write, it probably isn't what I'd call poignant or powerful."
*"You don't have to be productive every day....for compulsives (like me), it takes a major decision not to be productive and not to feel guilty. I remind myself that the best part of my writing takes place inside my head."
*"Start within your comfort zone and write from who you are."
*"I feel afraid when I bare my soul. I run the risk that others will despise me, ridicule me, or ignore me. That's who I am. That's all I have to offer."
When Cec Murphey explained to his agent why he didn't want to write a book for writers--that he actually dreaded it--this was her response: "Too many writers won't acknowledge their fear, and when they eventually come to the place where they realize they're afraid, they freeze. You need to write it for those still behind you on the pathway." I'm glad he took her advice.
I hope Cec Murphey decides to teach a workshop or lead a writer's retreat based on his book for writers. I would love to attend! Until then, I'm starting the book over--from the beginning.
I write to find out who I am.
I write because it's my gift. The more I write, the more I know who I am.
If you focus on being different, how can you be true to yourself? And if you're not true to yourself, who are you?
This book was encouraging, refreshing, and empowered me to keep moving forward.
This book IS "The Essential Writer's Companion." To quote Murphey, for me, this book was a "journey toward inner wholeness--which is what life is about anyway."
Murphey's honesty endears himself to the reader. I underlined, highlighted, and made smiley faces on almost every page. I thought, if he can be this honest about himself,I trust him.
I read this book slowly. I didn't want it to end--the kind of reading where I moved my lips and whispered the words. I needed time for the truths I'd discovered about myself to sink into my spirit.
I particularly loved the chapter entitled, "Your Inner Critic." Murphey teaches how to listen to our internal wisdom as well as our inner critic. I drew a heart on this paragraph: "By the time I had finished the revision, I said, 'Hmm, this wasn't as bad as I had thought. It's not perfect, and I need to do some more work on it, but it's not complete garbage." And this man has sold millions of books. Murphey says, "My inner critique can be my friend." I love that.
Murphey shares enouraging insight about something that had been intimidating for me. Writer's block. Here's a favorite sentence. "Writer's block is a powerful force to help you regulate the creative process." So refreshing!
This isn't the kind of book I'll read once and stick on a shelf. Murphey's courageous candor will remain with me forever, cheering me on.
I finished the book and thought surely he wrote UNLEASH THE WRITER WITHIN just for me.
It's not a technical how-to, but a deep-reaching why-to. It cuts through the trendy writer-speak and heads straight to the center of our motivations and choices.
Do you feel you've been called to write? If so, grab this book and get prepared to unleash your writer within.
He is certainly an exhorter! If you write you must get this book. You'll be glad you did.
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