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"Devoted" by Dean Koontz
For the first time in paperback, from Dean Koontz, the master of suspense, comes an epic thriller about a terrifying killer and the singular compassion it will take to defeat him. | Learn more
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- Grade Level : 4 - 6
- Item Weight : 10.1 ounces
- Paperback : 188 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1614271356
- ISBN-13 : 978-1614271352
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.43 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Martino Fine Books (August 10, 2011)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #92,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This type of book deals with the complex goo that resides between a writer's ears and all that occupies it, but that may not end up directly on the page. These topics include writer's block, professional envy, creative confidence, creative identity, and my personal favorite and a topic on which endless material has been written -- inspiration.
Ueland's addresses the most basic of these spiritual issues, and yet the one that seems to plague every writer from time to time -- the ultimate question, am I a writer, can I write? Well, if you read Ueland's book, you may see how the answers to those questions are always yes.
Ueland is pragmatic about how anyone who devotes themselves honestly to writing can be talented, such as when she assures the reader "with all earnestness, that no writing is a waste of time, --no creative work where the feelings, the imagination, the intelligence must work" (pg 15). She is also optimistic such as when she claims to have proved that all the readers are original and talented and just need to let it out; "that is to say, you have the creative impulse" (pg 10). She has really proved no such thing, but what a wonderful idea to launch from into the second chapter of the text.
If you're struggling with your confidence or just starting out, I definitely recommend this book; it will inspire you and make you feel excited to write, much in the same ways that Stephen King's On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft and Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within do. Don't feel surprised if you feel the age on this one though; spiritual back in the 1930's often meant Biblical, so you'll probably notice a lot of Christian references.
All my best to you, fellow writers!
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É uma escrita com instruções para liberar a mente. Verdade e Beleza são parte de nossos seres, assim como a expressão. Expressar nossas verdades, nosso eu interior é uma forma de fazer nossa contribuição a esse mundo. Uma forma de pintar beleza com uma cor a mais, uma cor única, a sua. A que está faltando.
I am inspired to write now and it is the action that is waiting....the very thought which Brenda elucidated and warned against.