The Writer's Idea Book

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"Where do you get your ideas?"

It's a question and a quandary that bedevils every writer. And once you've got an idea, what then? Ideas without a plan, without a purpose, are no more than pleasant thoughts.

In The Writer's Idea Book, Jack Heffron, former senior editor at Writer's Digest Books and Story Press, will help you find the answer. Utilizing over 400 prompts and exercises, you'll generate intriguing ...

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Overview

"Where do you get your ideas?"

It's a question and a quandary that bedevils every writer. And once you've got an idea, what then? Ideas without a plan, without a purpose, are no more than pleasant thoughts.

In The Writer's Idea Book, Jack Heffron, former senior editor at Writer's Digest Books and Story Press, will help you find the answer. Utilizing over 400 prompts and exercises, you'll generate intriguing ideas and plumb their possibilities to turn them into something amazing.

The Writer's Idea Book will give you the insight and the self-awareness to create and refine ideas that demand to be transformed into greater works, the kind of compelling, absorbing writing that will have other writers asking "where do you get those ideas?"

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Publishers Weekly
For the myriad frustrated or blocked writers in the world comes another addition to the swelling shelves of guides designed to soothe, teach and inspire. And while Heffron, an acquisitions editor for Writer's Digest and other F+W publications, undeniably loves his subject and knows much about it, he doesn't break out of the conventional (and at this point, one might argue tired) format to tell it. He includes, for instance, the requisite quotes from famous authors that are designed to inspire struggling ones; the familiar pleas for details; the advice on courage and persistence; and the tried-and-true brainstorming exercises. What's better-but still, in form anyway, standard fare-are the 400-plus writing prompts: "Write about your first experience with death"; "Write a scene in which a character returns home after an extended absence"; "Every day for a week, write down something you've learned in conversation"; "Write a new opening" to a piece that's unfinished. Like any catch-all book (this one extends over scripts, poetry, fiction and nonfiction-forms and genres with their own advantages and restrictions), it is ultimately too broad to really instruct. However, those in the market for a basic, practical writing guide will find this one at least as useful as many others. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Heffron (Best Writing on Writing: Twenty Master Plots) is a senior editor at Writer's Digest Books and Story Press as well as a published writer and teacher of fiction. In short, he's been on both sides of the printed page, as writer and reader, as well as teacher/coach on the sidelines. Written humorously but with substance, his book identifies some of the more common causes of writer's block and offers many ways to overcome it, from initiating a story, to resurrecting a stalled story, to casting about for a good ending. All the essentials are covered: changes of voice, point of view, the need for or absence of plot, and building characters. The author also quotes other writers and uses brief excerpts from published fiction as examples of what works and what doesn't. This material would be partly redundant for anyone with an MFA, but if the first chapter works for you, the rest of the book will as well. Recommended for public libraries and as a gift idea for the struggling writer in your life.-Robert C. Moore, Raytheon, Sudbury, MA
Booknews
Written to help anybody blast writer's block and get writing, Heffron's book offers tips on how to come up with ideas, how to filter out the best of them and how to transform those from ideas to the piece desired. The techniques are designed to help with any type of narrative, from a short story or a memoir to a narrative poem, and of any length from a paragraph to a novel. Filled with over 400 prompts and exercises to get potential writers started and then keep them going. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582971797
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.58 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Challenging how-to gets writers writing

    This is not an easy book to read, if you read it interactively. The point of the book is to help the reader find things to write about, and then to begin writing. Writing, of course, is hard work, and some readers when they discover that the book works by getting the would-be writer involved in the work of writing, may decide they just don't want to work that hard. But if you seriously intend to tap into your inner resources and learn how to put words down one after another on paper or on your PC screen, this book will provide the structure that generates the discipline that produces text.

    This is not an easy book, but it will work if you will do the work it calls for.

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  • Posted February 15, 2010

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    Helpful and Insightful!

    I have read other books on becoming a writer but this is the most helpul. Feels like I'm in a classroom setting. This book will cause you to come out of the box. It is challenging, funny and real! I am enjoying every chapter.

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  • Posted May 14, 2009

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    Good ideas combined with exercises.

    I got this book over two years ago and I still refer to it whenever I get bogged down in my writing. I highly recommend this book for anyone's personal library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2007

    Unbelievable!

    This is such a good tool! Every writer or 'wanna' be writer' should own a copy of this book. Filled with tips and helpful excercises, it will assist you out of any writer difficulty.

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