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Write Is a Verb: Sit Down, Start Writing, No Excuses Hardcover – August 6, 2007
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"Write is a Verb" is an effective kick in the butt to those who want to write but find all types of obstacles and excuses. Author Bill O'Hanlon is not only an accomplished writer and a prolific author, but also a licensed psychotherapist. He runs workshops on helping writers and would-be writers overcome psychological barriers and resistance to the activities that would help them meet their goals.
The tone is never preachy, but eminently practical, sprinkled with self-diagnostic exercises. Use this to finish that book or writing project that you've always wanted to complete!!
As a bonus, the book comes with a DVD of the author and various handouts to buttress his suggested tips and techniques.
In Write is a Verb, O'Hanlon unmasks and bares all of those exuces and reasons that people come up with for not writing. The bottom line advice is: to write, you have to write, whether it's garbage or mediocre; writing begets writing, but it doesn't start until you put pen down to paper (or fingers down to keyboard) and do something! He is sensitive to where this procrastination comes from (he is a therapist, after all) and he lays down in easy to follow form the ways to overcome our blocks. The book includes worksheets (actually useful) and references from many colleagues that add value to his lessons.
If you want to write, read this book, then start writing.
Diane C. Donovan
The difference this book made for me was this--Bill says that it's ok to work in increments, rather than forcing yourself to spend hours upon hours writing. He suggested starting with 15 minutes of writing time a day and working your way up from there.
The other major thing that made a difference for me was--Bill says that writers should do what works for them, not what works for other writers.
Each writer is unique and has a specific way of getting things done. I used to beat myself up because I'd sit down and write something, then I'd find out it was full of holes, and rather than editing it, I just tossed it aside. But not anymore! Bill made me realize that it's ok to do things how I need to do them.
I was always under the impression that to get writing done you had to do like I was taught in all my creative writing classes--just sit down and start typing away. But that doesn't work for me. For me, plotting the story out ahead of time works. And not only does it work, but it keeps me from having enormous plot holes and makes the whole writing and editing process a breeze. If it weren't for Bill's book, I may have never realized that it's ok to do things my way.
If you're looking to get your writing done...read this book!
If you read the book, I would recommend only using the DVD to print the worksheets. The workshop was a long repetition of a couple of points in the book. You really won't learn much by watching it.
The part that really grabbed me was the exercise pages sprinkled through the book. The exercises include defining your motivation, identify nonwriting habits, generating ideas, making promises and commitments, setting a plan of action, identifying your strengths, benchmarking, finding a focus, and more (total of 20 exercises).
Somehow writing down my responses to the books prompts served as a wake up call. I sat right down after reading the book and wrote an essay to post online. I hope to keep up the momentum and if necessary, reread parts of the book, or get out my answers to the exercises to refresh myself.
There's a DVD with the book that includes the 20 worksheets/exercises and also includes six handouts that he usually gives participants in his writing workshops. The DVD includes some audio and video programs with the author talking about writing and publishing.
I'd recommend this to all writers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of the very best book I've ever read on this subject. It really helps.Published 5 months ago by FS
Great book for those who find it hard to start writing or continue writing. provides great motivation to start writing without delays,Must read. Book is in excellent condition.Published 17 months ago by ARPIT SAXENA
I love O'Hanlon's book, Do One Thing Different, and his philosophy that the best solutions are the simplest ones. Again, this is the premise of Write is a Verb. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Sunshine on a Rainy Day
Excelllent motivator to get going on writing a book. It's a fun energetic book that encourages and strengthens my hope of becoming a published author. Read morePublished on May 31, 2014 by Joe Anglesey
As an aspiring writer, I loved the no-nonsense approach that O'Hanlon gave for getting your butt in the chair to do actual writing. Read morePublished on June 25, 2012 by Miss Riki
Just what the book states, writing is a verb and you must write everyday to get good at the skill. A very good book on writing.Published on June 26, 2011 by S. kay
Combo therapy and writing guide that explains how to overcome all types of mental barriers, tap into inspiration, and publish.Published on February 8, 2011 by Amazon Customer
Bill O' Hanlon's "Write is a Verb" is a multi media presentation which includes presentation through: audio, video, and work sheets along with the hard copy of the book. Read morePublished on December 24, 2010 by Richard R. Blake
I found Bill O'Hanlon's book both motivational and inspirational. The one really great idea I received from this book is that the title of your book should only be 3 words. Read morePublished on December 8, 2009 by Curtis Holliman