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A amazing journal prompt is thought provoking and provides inspiration for detailed responses. Most of the prompts in this book call for easy yes/no answers. They seem more like the kinds of questions an attorney asks than the kinds of questions a life coach or creative writing teacher would ask.. There are better books out there. They might cost more, but you obtain what you for.
This would have been amazing to have when I first began my recovery. Now, 3 years into it, these seem primary and food-focused. This is a physical, spiritual, and emotional program. These prompts don’t seem to adequately cover that.
Besides the 10 amazing ideas for authors, I could really feel relief from the encouraging words Jurchenko gave from one author to another. As a fresh author in process he created me feel "normal" with the up and down feelings I have writing my very first book.
I enjoyed the simplicity of this book, but that doesn’t mean it’s superficial. Here are some necessary things that every writer needs to know, and when he or she knows, needs to be reminded of.I don’t wish to say what my most necessary learning was, because I’ll give away too much. I turned it into a amazing quote, a kind of meme to consider every day, and I’m sure you’ll search related inspiration. I’ve place that quote where I can see it, so it can spur me onward when I need a push.I would recommend this book to any wannabe writer, or any writer who could use some fast inspiration or some amazing reminders. We are not alone; we have each other, and here’s a book to support with that.
I enjoyed the ten amazing ideas for authors and will have to follow up on some of them, which means I'll have to hold the book around. I was delighted to continue and search the 131 writing prompts. I'm usually not interested in these but browsing through them was intriguing. I'm interested in trying some, another reason to hold the book close!One idea that was fresh to me was using greased chutes and begin loops to hold the reader engaged. It puts a fresh perspective on my writing. Jed admits he's not good at grammar and spelling, but, judging from this book, he's a amazing writer and a amazing coach.
The book "Ten Amazing Ideas for Authors," by Jed Jurchenko provides the reader with actionable prompts to obtain a book idea out of the head and onto e book has several interesting sections. I found the ideas for writing, particularly the importance of writing with a specific audience in mind, to be very important. Moreover, once done, don't stop but begin doing it all over again.Writers ere are a lot of meaningful ideas in the book. There are also several eye-catching and soul searching quotes. For me, what stood out was the following Bible verse that the author quoted to emphasis one of the a lot of strong inspirational messages in his book:Philippians 1:6: For I am sure of this very thing, that the one who began a amazing work in you will excellent it until the day of Christ Jesus."It sent a notice that God has not yet finished with anyone. It is time to obtain that book project started!
Jed is a masterful writer who shares strong ideas in just a few pages. His tip to authors is well reasoned, wise, and born of his own experience as the author of a successful series of books. 5 stars!
The book has a lot more than just ten amazing ideas...while it does begin out along those lines, after writing about things most writers learn after writing a book or two, Jed gives you a idea and then 131 writing prompts to point you in the direction of some non-fiction books you can easily begin writing.(or if writer's block is weighing you down, you can use the writing prompts to simply begin writing again)Seriously, this book is worth the current low of admission just for the writing prompts!
I definitely enjoyed reading this book as was light, to the point and as well as uplifting and beneficial.. I appreciated his getting to the point and refreshing guidance as well as prompts ideas which spark creativity..
Every suggestion in this book is excellent tip on "those days," the days when things either aren't going well or they don't feel like they're going at all. It's a book I will definitely hold on hand for fast encouragement! The writing prompts at the end are amazing - so a lot of subjects to choose from, and so a lot of grains of sand around which to potentially form a pearl of writing. Thank you fir all of it, Jed!
I found this book to be a attractive combination of simple to read, engaging, concise, and yet strong in it’s ideas. It would be hard to search a more valuable hour and a half for a young author than reading this book. Got me back inspired to obtain to work on my book that has been lying dormant for the latest month and a half!
Amazing resource! I truly enjoyed the originality of the prompts found inside and I can't wait to test them out in my writing. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to excel at writing to a prompt, which is a amazing skill to learn, no matter what your genre!
If you're looking for inspiration and writing prompts to tickle your own creativity, this book may be just what you're looking for. I found several ideas I could easily transform into completely fresh and intriguing story starters. Author Colby seems to have a fresher and more creative perspective on romance than most "writing prompt" authors. Most of these books are just a rehash of the same old tired - albeit tried and real - cliched story ideas.
I read another one of these, and it wasn't prompts, it was cheesy, single lines of dialogue. THIS, my dear, is the true deal. Amazing ideas that someone place actual thought into instead of slapping something together. Than you to this author - and I would like to go back and search Vol. 1 when I'm done with this.
A comprehensive guide for all level of writers. The process of writing a novel can be confusing and disorienting, but Mr. Ingermanson and Mr. Economy take you though step by step giving time tested tip along the way. I have read several of Mr. Ingermanson books on writhing and several of his novels as well. His "Snowflake Method" takes a small getting used to but in the end it simplifies the whole process. I highly recommend using it from the beginning to build your story as apposed to having to use it afterwards to fix structural issues - as I did the first time I used it.
Highly recommend this book. On this book, I learn a lot of essential parts to write a amazing academic essay. Before I read this wonderful, I felt struggle to begin writing. Thank the book for a motivation that I was inspired from. Since today, I feel comfortable to write something or particularly an essay. I test my best to write daily without being stressful or anxious. " Do one thing that scares you everyday" - Eleanor Roosevelt. Be satisfied and have fun writing. This book support me realize that writing an academic essay does not solely focuse on the perfection; on the other hand, the main point of this process is how to create it flawlessly from imperfection.
The core notice of this book is that research is an ongoing conversation. The metaphor is one of the most useful, yet unobviously obvious idea that is worth its weight in gold for anyone who peer reviews research or does scientific research. While the other, negative reviewer might argue that there no need to this book if that's all it says, it's the book pragmatic guidance in bringing the idea to life that makes it valuable. This book shows how to walk the e argues that if a fresh research paper adds something fresh to an ongoing scientific "conversation," it is worth accepting. In almost a decade of conducting academic research, it is this conversation metaphor that has helped me become a constructive reviewer of others' research, and in turn, plausibly a better is skill of "joining the conversation" was the one seemingly-obvious but critical thing that my years of doctoral training never taught me. It took me years to realize and fully appreciate the value of this book's core message. Which is why I think that it is worth every penny of its thirty seven dollar price.Highly recommended for anyone who conducts and evaluates scientific research.
No filler here, this book provides a lot of detail on how to write a fiction novel, from essential ingredients, building your foundation, finding your writing style, developing structure, etc... It also provides much tip on how to obtain your novel published once you've found your voice, hammered out your novel, edited, re-edited and polished your work into something worth shopping is book will disillusion you from the idea that you will just sit down and write a novel in one go, with no research, no time spent developing your characters, so attention to your story globe and no re-writes. However, that's o.k., because the authors support to tutorial you toward a tactic for writing a fiction novel that will provide you with a much better possibility of producing something worthy for your effort with out having to learn a lot of lessons other fledgling writers need to learn the hard way.Writing a novel feels a lot less daunting after reading this book, even if there are more steps to the process than I might have previously imagined.
Review by Jill WilliamsonRandy Ingermanson is my hero. I have been learning from him since I discovered his www service in 2005. The man is not only a wealth of information, he teaches in such a fun and friendly way, you can't fail to learn. And now, everything Randy teaches is here in one convenient package. Man, how I want he had written this a few years ago! It would have saved me a lot of trouble.I highly recommend this book to any writer, but especially to beginners who wish to write a novel. You'll learn how to come up with a plot and try it to see if it's strong, how to make awesome characters that are deep and engaging, how to plot your story and avoid the dreaded sagging middle, how to hold the tension and pacing strong, and how to edit your novel. This book even contains cool things like an interview between J.R.R. Tolkien and Frodo Baggins. Ahh, Randy. What a funny guy.
I have read a stack of writing and storytelling books a mile high, and this one is a uby does an perfect job delving into the nuances of story, Vogler's 'The Writer's Journey is also a amazing help, and Larry Brooks' book, Story Engineering, explains story structure clearly and is indispensable imo, but this book lays it out plain how to write marketable e only downside to this book is that, like a lot of 'Dummies' books, it's not really for a complete dummy. I have helped out fresh writers with this book, and some of the subtleties go over their heads. It is most useful in the hands of someone who already has a rudimentary understanding of the concepts he explains. Being a Dummies book, he hits all the steps and 'how-tos' but doesn't dive too deeply explaining them. This is not a criticism. That is what I expect when I pick up a Dummies book.If you are an experienced writer or someone who has learned all the basics but need to brush up, (you know what POV is, you understand the difference between a stage and a sequence) or if you wish to have a fast reference in one book at your fingertips, this is it.I don't wish to scare away those just learning. Buy this book! Even the brand fresh writer can benefit greatly from it, since it gathers a lot of concepts in one pack that I had to learn by reading a lot of books.What I do suggest for the newer writer, is to the following companion books:Techniques of the Selling Writer, Dwight SwainSelf-Editing for Fiction Wrighters, Renni BrownI say this because Ingermanson bases his books on the teachings of Swain and Brown, or at least what he says accords with what they teach, Swain especially. Writing Fiction for Dummies is a wonderful, fairly-detailed outline on how to puke out a novel and form it into something others will wish to read, but as I said, he will state a step and move on without bogging you down in theory, which is what I like about this book.Swain's book could be thought of as the deep reference for this Dummies book. If you wish to delve deeper into what Ingermanson is teaching you, Swain's book will fit the bill perfectly, which is why I recommend it as a companion.Writing Fiction for Dummies is all about helping you obtain your words down on the page and organizing them in a method that will create them marketable. I want I had picked this book up first.
Every college student needs this book! So much valuable info to support create those essays easier to handle. I read it from cover to cover and can honestly say that every students needs this book. There are abundant hints and she talks about essay types and formats. No matter what your major is if you need a small support this book will come in handy!
I began writing novels, just a few years ago, somewhat late in life. After my novel was accepted by a publisher, I began working with editors, who marked-up my manuscript with comments like "Show, Don't Tell". I came to realize there must be rules and a disciplined approach for writing novels. Since the latest creative writing class I took was in high school, I decided to learn some of these rules fast, so I ordered this "For Dummies" book.Writing fiction is various than other types of writing. At its simplist level, a novel is about CONFLICT: A hero(PROTAGONIST), has a goal (OBJECTIVE), but he/she is being prevented from achieving that goal by a villian (ANTAGONIST). This is what keeps readers reading: Readers "don't like happy", they wish to read about conflict. As authors, we must make a fictional globe with conflict and sub-conflicts,, until we give the reader RESOLUTION. We must make conflicts on a lot of levels, even at the most primary level of dialogue conflicts. It's a back-and-forth game, somewhat like fishing, reeling-in the reader with conflict, then letting them out with is "For Dummies" book describes how novels/stories are organized, points of view, narration, foreshadowing..etc.. It also explains how to analyze your novel for amazing story structure. It describes well the challenges you will face keeping your readers engaged in the story; modern readers, especially, can be turned-off by things such as too much omniscient narration or too a lot of adverbs and adjectives. As readers, we are typically not aware of these rules - there a lot of authors who don't understand these rules - but there are, nevertheless, rules you can follow for writing novels, using a structured is book will provide you with a concise, structured approach for writing novels. Lots of amazing information.
I used this book to write my debut novel. I read it from begin to finish and did all the steps it mentioned. It helped me to flesh the characters and story arc. I'm proud to say my book is now published and it wouldn't have been possible without this book. Its magic is in the simplicity. Thanks! :)
This book is so amazing and has everything I wanted for my students so I am using it for my Creative Writing class for my high school students. The Dummies title honestly had me thinking twice about that, but I found this to be the best primary beginner level book out there. I wanted to teach them one thing at a time when we begin studying fiction next semester, such as dialogue and characterization, and this book makes it simple for me to do this while giving the students amazing reading to supplement my lectures. Another amazing thing about this book is that it is clean--there are no trashy stories, language, or examples in this book. I spent the summer going through writing books and that was my largest issue with some of the best writing books--I had to eliminate a lot of of them due to inappropriate material. We begin using this in my class when we study fiction next semester and we are all looking forward to it. Thank you, Mr. Ingermanson, for providing us with a book that can be used with high school students eager to improve their skills in writing fiction.
I've followed Randy Ingermanson's blog online for several years now. His Snowflake model for fiction writing is legendary, and he is thoughtful and kind as he gives out his knowledge on fiction. I can't think of anyone better to write this book.I have dozens of fiction writing books and I've worked as a first reader for literary agents, publishers, as well as worked with authors to obtain published. Randy has it all in this book in an easy-to-learn format. Everyone can learn something new, and I picked up a few things that is helping me. It's not only to support others with fiction writing, but also with my own writing.He contains links to more info and his co-author, Peter Economy, adds much richness and perspective to the content. I have been going through the exercises in this book, and finding that I'm learning more about my own writing AND myself. It's been eye-opening.While I would especially recommend this book to a fresh writer, it is also quite helpful for anyone on the fiction writing road. If you've written in one genre, it would be a amazing book to read when changing genres. He mentions a lot of familiar novels, too, so the examples are helpful in illustrating points.I just got this book this week, and it's already created a difference in my attitude and writing.
An simple step-by-step guide. If you know nothing about writing this is the book to go with. It will also work flawlessly if you are afraid of writing essays. I scored 7.0 on IELTS after only one month of rush and incomplete studying; if you seriously dedicate to this book, you can score 8 easily!
I chose this book as a textbook for a Media Writing class I taught latest fall. What a valuable resource! Along with having a chapter about each of the genres of scripts I wanted to cover in class, the book also had chapters on foundational skills, such as writing for sight. As I told the students multiple times during the semester, this book was definitely worth the price. I suggested they hold it as a reference work rather than trying to obtain a few bucks by re-selling it.
As others have pointed out, this book is a textbook, not a how-to guide. I create a lot of videos for my business so was hoping to learn something practical. The content is presented as a broad overview, which might be helpful for a course with extensive supplements. And as others noted, it's written academically rather than practically. Therefore it's hard to know who's the target audience; I can't imagine reading a book on this subject for e section on visual writing a amazing example. The author explains what will be obvious to most readers. He refers to an AOL ad explaining by comparing two sandwiches, "one protected from and one smothered in ketchup, mayonnaise and relish, making it inedible" (p 91). That isn't the best example and surely newer ones are available. And most people can grasp the cliche of a picture versus a thousand words. Finding the right picture to fit a concept is an art that would be hard to a box on the page, the author defines an "objective correlative," in which an photo can stand for a meaning "that is understood visually." As a former academic myself, I think this concept would be helpful to someone writing an academic paper, but not to a potential script writer. I'll just focus on two locations that I'm most familiar with - copywriting and e author presents some material that's quite judgmental. For instance, on page 106, he refers to romantic attraction. (He uses words that would obtain this review banned!) He attempts to explain why suggestive photos work, saying, "these illogical assumptions of transference are repeated over and over again...Don't ask me to explain why so a lot of audiences ... fall for the flawed logic of this deduction."Anyone who's worked in advertising will be familiar with this phenomenon. As a female PR person told me a lot of years ago, "When I do a brochure for an auto show, I don't place an engine on the cover. I search an beautiful young lady." If anything, we'd expect an academic to explain why these photos work, not throw up his hands in horror!The point about engaging the audience seems to be a amazing one, but it's explained in unnecessarily obscure language (p 107).While it may be helpful to categorize www services theoretically, in practice people obtain involved with one or two kinds; it's rare that someone works on solo-preneur www services (which I do) and also entertainment websites or android game sites. The distinction isn't clear in any case: he refers to motivational functions including advertising and selling, but then to behavioral functions of shopping carts. In practice, amazing marketers attention to shopping cart layout to continue the process, perhaps including upsells or downsells.I suspect the author has never actually developed a www service for himself, allow alone anyone else. On page 295, he writes, "Clearly the webmaster is going decide how to to lay out disparate and diverse elements on the website, so allow us consider this to be an editing function, not a writing function."It might be an editing function in the sense that a newspaper editor decides which stories to assign to specific pages and columns. For a www service promoting a busines, I would rather see this function assigned to the copywriter. Webmasters tend to be technical and administrative. Copywriters are concerned with getting the notice across. The in which visitors see pages and follow menus will therefore be part of copywriting. I know all too a lot of people who turned navigation over to a designer who gave them an beautiful website but not a useful times the author seems to be searching for something to say about a topic. For instance, on p 136, he says, "Training videos often make characters and situations that embody a specific training issue." No surprise there!On p 206 the author says, "Avoid having characters explain the plot..." which seems to be a method of saying, "Show, don't tell." Ultimately the book tries to an overview, but each section is so specialized that a separate course might be required. As a result, the overview is so broad that we don't obtain meaningful insights into the field. The style is dry - classical textbook! - and seems designed to be read slowly, underlined and studied for exams. Alas, the students may need to revise and sometimes unlearn their understandings if they wish to write visually for the true world.
I'm a total amateur who has been writing creatively since I was a young person, and have always aspired to some day complete a novel. I used to be a fly by the seat of my pants type of writer with a binder full of unfinished ideas. Tired of this approach, I was looking for a book that would support me formulate an organized, well-structured writing process. This book delivers. There are so a lot of amazing writing tools and hints in this book that it feels like having a private mentor sitting next to my computer. I especially liked the idea of a three-act structure with a three crisis overlay. This really helped me think about the huge picture and develop a formula for my novel. There are also a lot of hero development questions to ask yourself, and your characters, even an opportunity to interview your characters one-by-one until they squirm and give up all of their secrets. There are hints for structuring your time and organizing your work zone as well. Just and all-around amazing resource. It even goes so far as to give you practical tip for pitching your book and getting it e book is also very entertaining and extremely accessible. There are plenty of examples from classic fiction to support you understand the concepts that are being addressed. I feel like I am learning a lot and improving daily, thanks to this book.
I never thought I would say anything amazing about a Dummy book, allow alone one.But, the reviews led me to believe that this is actually a amazing book, so I bought it.And, it is a amazing book. Actually, it is a very amazing book. It is very detailed and thorough, even to having an elevator pitch ready to go. The part about agents is helpful.But the best part is the three act part and the layering approach the author brings to the table.Putting this book in the Dummy series, to me, is a disservice to this perfect book. It is far from a cursory, introductory glance at writing fiction; if there was just one book to read on writing fiction, I believe this would be on the very, very short list.
I had to this book for a design history class, and it has honestly been the bane of my existence since. The writing style is so difficult to decipher, and makes the writing process even more difficult rather than simplifying it. The author uses unnecessary metaphors that don't create sense (nodal maps, rich clubs, semilattice house diagrams, rooted trees, caravan essays, etc.). Some "exercises" are more like full-blown assignments (nobody wants to be writing an eight page argument essay in their time).