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Pocket Muse: Ideas and Inspirations for Writing
     

Pocket Muse: Ideas and Inspirations for Writing

by Monica Wood, Jack Heffron
 
The Pocket Muse is every writer's key to finding writing inspiration when and where they want it. It includes hundreds of thought-provoking prompts, exercises and illustrations that immediately help them to:

• Get started writing

• Overcome writer's block

• Develop a writing habit

• Think more creatively

• Master style, revision and other elements

Overview

The Pocket Muse is every writer's key to finding writing inspiration when and where they want it. It includes hundreds of thought-provoking prompts, exercises and illustrations that immediately help them to:

• Get started writing

• Overcome writer's block

• Develop a writing habit

• Think more creatively

• Master style, revision and other elements of the craft

The rich variety of exercises will help writers to create entire stories or focus on a single aspect of their writing. It will also encourage them to think about how they write in new and surprising ways. It's truly a unique book, both fun and effective. It will teach, cheer and inspire writers as never before.

Monica Wood is the author of Description (0898799082), and also three works of fiction: Ernie's Ark (0811834611), Secret Language (034544907X), and My Only Story (0345442938). She has written extensively for Writer's Digest magazine and The Writer. Her short stories have appeared in many publications, including Redbook and Glimmer Train, and have been anthologized in Sudden Fiction International, Best American Mystery Stories, 1997 and The Pushcart Prize, 1999. She lives in Portland, Maine.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Sparkling with delightful, witty, thought-provoking morsels for today's writers, Monica Wood's dreamy yet realistic writer's companion will encourage your muse to take flight. The stimulating visuals laced throughout the book uniquely capture the essence of the literary imagination and provide salve for the writer's soul.

Wood delves below the surface of a writer's life and illustrates her apt points with both pictures and words. She says, "Treat yourself! Buy an expensive pen, a box of colorful paperclips, a fine, handmade notebook or a leather bookmark." In other words, allow yourself a moment to luxuriate in your gift of words. She also reminds us of the need to be disciplined and to avoid being sidetracked by those little distractions -- for example, you might hold off on checking your email in the morning until you've written at least three pages.

In relation to character development in fiction, the author points out that a good plot complication will either thwart or alter the character's desire. She reminds you to instill your characters with life. And, she offers an extremely useful tool -- using differently colored markers to highlight action, reflection, and dialogue in your prose. This ingenious technique will assist you in knowing when you are telling rather than showing and will allow you to create vivid action that will involve the reader in your characters and plot. All in all, Wood has authored an innovative, inspirational pocket muse that is produced in a handy carry-along size and is so unique it doesn't even require numbered pages. It is all about inspiration, digging deep, and keeping the faith as you spin out prose that will long be remembered. (Evie Rhodes)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582971421
Publisher:
F+W Media
Publication date:
04/15/2002
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 7.36(h) x 0.89(d)

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