Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul: Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit of Writersby Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Bud Gardner
Being a writer can be a lonely and frustrating experience. The stories in this book-by a wide range of professional writers, novelists, journalists, freelancers, poets and screenwriters-will give you insight into the human trials, tribulations and triumphs of writers, and if you're already a writer or aspiring to be on this book will be a source of inspiration and
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Being a writer can be a lonely and frustrating experience. The stories in this book-by a wide range of professional writers, novelists, journalists, freelancers, poets and screenwriters-will give you insight into the human trials, tribulations and triumphs of writers, and if you're already a writer or aspiring to be on this book will be a source of inspiration and commiseration.
The stories of purpose, passion, endurance and success contained in Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul will inform, entertain, uplift and inspire you. In its pages, you will learn important lessons on: the importance of perseverance, the value of being yourself, the process of discovering your own voice, the need for mentors and allies, and the power of following your heartfelt dreams. Contributors include: Sue Grafton, Steve Allen, Dave Barry, Agatha Christie, Art Linkletter, Terry McMillan, and more.
About the Authors:
Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling coauthors, are professional speakers who have dedicated their lives to enhancing the personal and professional development of others.
Bud Gardner, is on the faculty of both the Reader's Digest writer's workshops and the Maui Writer's Retreat and Conference.
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The marvelous richness of human excperience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were not limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.
Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Bud Gardner
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What People are Saying About This
(Sidney Sheldon, author Tell Me Your Dreams and 15 other bestselling novels)
(Jackie Collins, author, Dangerous Kiss and 17 other bestselling novels)
(Dr. Stephen R. Covey author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)
Meet the Author
Jack Canfield is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Mark Victor Hansen is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
- Santa Barbara, California
- Date of Birth:
- August 19, 1944
- Place of Birth:
- Fort Worth, Texas
- B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
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I am a teenage writer. I practice writing everyday, like many of the contributors to this WONDERFUL book. I have a large 'sourcebank' of ideas and pieces that I can send out to contests and agents when I turn 18. This book inspired me to never give up and always write, for only I can tell a story from my heart! When I am stuick, I thumb through the pages, like receiving a hug from an old and dear friend. This book is one that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
Chicken Soup for the Writer¿s Soul is a touching and powerful book. For those aspiring to be writers or in a field dealing with writing, this book will leave you truly inspired. The stories are told from different writers who have been through various struggles during their writing careers. This book was particularly helpful because it not only contained stories from amateur writers, but famous ones as well. When reading the stories of those who have already made it in the writing field, you realize that your dreams can come true too. Personally, I use some of the quotes in the book to inspire me whenever I begin a writing task. Chicken Soup for the Writer¿s Soul is a special book to me, one that I will treasure for many years to come.
This book is exactly what the writer oredered. Rarely do writers -beginning and professional- enjoy such a wonderful book! This book is filled with endless stories to motivate writers of all ages.
For years, I had talked about writing a non-fiction business book but I couldn't get started. After reading the stories in 'Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul', I was inspired to start. I go back and re-read a story every night to make sure that I don't lose my momentum. The book is stimulating, entertaining and easy to read. I highly recommend it.
Chicken Soup for the Writer¿s Soul is different from the other Chicken Soup books. Bud Gardner solicited stories, usually autobiographies, from famous contemporary writers. The result is great writing and a celebration of authorship. Some of the 79 (not the usual 101 advertised) contributors are Sue Grafton, Steve Allen, Ray Bradbury, Barbara Cartland, Clive Cussler, Richard Paul Evans, Ernest J. Gaines, Art Linkletter, George Plimpton, Garry Marshall, Irving Wallace, Barnaby Conrad, Catherine Lanigan, Jeff Arch, Gene Perret, Hugh Prather, Bryce Courtenay, Dan Millman, Howard Fast and 61 more. Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen started off with a general Chicken Soup for the Soul book. Then they narrowed the focus to teenage, college, Christian, pets, etc. Each year, the focus becomes narrower and narrower. Now we are down to writers. Next could be nonfiction writers, fiction writers, and screenwriters. Then mystery writers, sci-fi writers and, finally, Barnes & Noble Review Writers. Where will it end? Someday will there be a book for each reader¿s own personal soul? Bud Gardner has taught writing for more than 40 years. His mission in life is to turn the world onto the value of reading and (better) writing. He believes we don't write because we know what we want to say, we write to know, to learn, to grow, to understand. His students have prospered (selling more than 3,000 articles and 113 books, earning more than $3,000,000 from their writing), his readers have enjoyed and writers everywhere are the beneficiaries of his work. This book is more than a labor of love; it is monumental collection of the best of the best. Writers will find this book fascinating and an inspiration. It is the ideal gift for the writer in your life.