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The Writer's Idea Book 10th Anniversary Edition: How to Develop Great Ideas for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Screenplays Paperback – January 15, 2012
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About the Author
Jack Heffron has been a professional editor for more than 20 years, during which he has worked on well over a thousand projects. He has published hundreds of magazine articles, columns, and short stories, for which he has won numerous awards. He has written and ghostwritten nearly a dozen books. He is currently editorial director of Clerisy Press, a columnist for Cincinnati magazine, a frequent contributor to manofthehouse.com, and an instructor in the journalism program at the University of Cincinnati. He also teaches annually at the Writing it Real conference. Jack lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
- Publisher : Writer's Digest Books; 10th Anniversary ed. edition (January 15, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1599633868
- ISBN-13 : 978-1599633862
- Item Weight : 1.25 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #495,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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EDIT 6/29/2013: Okay, so I've had more time to peruse this little gem. After having additional time to peruse the pages, I've found this book to be an invaluable asset to any writer looking for inspiration to get them out of ruts or help them with their writing. From finding ideas, figuring out how those ideas go together to form the plot, to overcoming the obstacles placed in the writer's path to getting his or her story finished, this book has helps for many of the steps along the way. This is definitely on my short list of books I like about writing.
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It is a bit condescending in places - sometimes the obvious is simply that and doesn't need a paragraph introduction with a quote. Overall, it's a good spur to action, but the actual idea is still going to have to be your own (or more likely, a new take on an old idea). I am concerned that this is a bit on the expensive side for what you get- It's not a cheap book at over ten pounds, and I'm not convinced there is ten pounds of content in it that could not be found with a quick google. I would recommend you try a sample before buying and make that call yourself - the quality is consistent throughout so if you find the sample to be of value then chances are the rest of it will be equally likely. A handy one to have, but nothing groundbreaking.