5.0 out of 5 stars More than Ideas
Jack Heffron, in his genius, has simplified the writing process for professional writers and teachers as well as for writing initiates. However, this is more than just a book of tips and ideas. You will be inspired by the author's personal revelations and the writing prompts that lie within the book's covers.
Aside from being a wonderful treat--or gift--for a writer...
Published on Aug. 1 2001 by Rhonda Sandberg
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not especially helpful for poets....
I purchased this book after reading the many glowing 5-star reviews. As a poet, I was hoping for exercises that would "warm me up" by providing thematic ideas and/or specific forms for poems. However, in reading through the book at first I was confused; all of the exercises seemed to translate only into narrative prose forms (short stories, novels, memoirs,...
Published on Sept. 9 2002 by Connie M. Vaughn
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4.0 out of 5 stars Prompts, prompts, and more prompts!,
This review is from: The Writer's Idea Book (Paperback)Jack Heffron's "The Writer's Idea Book" is a very good specimen of a book of writers' exercises. It mixes "prompts" of various sorts (more than 400 of them according to the cover, and I believe it!) with short riffs of practical advice on a wide range of writing matters. While Heffron is a professional editor and does give advice regarding methods that he believes work best, he concentrates on writing for yourself in this book rather than trying to get published. This is just the idea phase after all--check out his later book, "The Writer's Idea Workshop," for practical advice regarding taking your idea from raw ore to refined metal.
There are many prompts meant to help you mine your own experiences for ideas and plots. (As well as your likes and dislikes, your family, your home town, places you've visited, "public moments," secrets, dreams, and more.) There are prompts to help you explore different forms of writing, structure your story, and more. There are even good solid hints on dealing with openings and endings. The huge number of prompts in this book guarantees that you should be able to find something to spark your creativity no matter what mood you're in.
In fact, about the only thing that bothered me about this book was the lack of the unusual. I love genre. Horror, science fiction, fantasy--I love the strange, and this book had a very "literary" feel to it. That'll make it perfect for many other writers out there, but it left me a little flat. I like to have a certain otherworldliness come into play when looking through lots of writing exercises and warm-ups. This book is meant to push you into finding inspiration from the ordinary rather than the extraordinary; I would have liked a better balance.
It's certainly a fun book, however, and definitely a kick in the inspiration department!
5.0 out of 5 stars More than Ideas,
Aside from being a wonderful treat--or gift--for a writer at any level, if you need a creative jolt, then BUY THIS BOOK!
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Unstuck!,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth It for the Valuable Prompts Alone,
This review is from: The Writer's Idea Book (Paperback)Writers encounter many speed bumps in their projects that can slow down their progress. "The Writer's Idea Book" is designed to get you past those rough spots and make the creative process a little easier.
The book features over 400 prompts to enhance your writing. Plus, each section examines the tricky aspects of writing and how you can overcome them successfully.
Part I begins with how to get started on your writing track. Sections deal with showing up, acknowledging the difficulty, enemies of creativity, leading a creative life and what to do when you're stuck. Each section has related prompts so you can get the most out of the advice given.
Part II shows you how to explore your writing as well as you as a writer. A large amount of prompts help you discover the many faces of you, romantic love, secrets and lies, the spirit of your stories and more.
Part III, appropriately titled "Finding Form," takes you deep into the writing craft. Character development, shaping space and time, point of view, setting, openings and endings are all covered in a way new writers and more seasoned writers can both benefit from.
Part IV covers "Assessing and Developing." Heffron shows the need for writers to up the stakes, consider the reader, study their tone and understand theme.
Each section approaches a key aspect of getting the most out of the written word. Prompts that follow each section are directly related to your reading all through the book so you get relevant practice with your own writing.
"The Writer's Idea Book" has quickly become a favorite among writers, no matter what their experience level. The thought-provoking prompts alone make this a valuable tool any writer can use for their own projects.
But watch out! This book will spark so many ideas, you'll be backlogged on writing projects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars must read for everybody,
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended,
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This review is from: The Writer's Idea Book (Paperback)If you want to be a writer but you're not sure where to start, and where to look for ideas then I highly recommend this book. It's a great book also if you're stuck in a rut in your writing. Basically this book has writing excercises for you to get going on your path as a writer. There are even story ideas, and basically its just a book to get you going, to get you start writing. I really like this book, I think that its the best one out there on this subject. The book is most encouraging to writers to keep going in the craft.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for writers!,
This review is from: The Writer's Idea Book (Paperback)This is a fantastic book! It covers all of the areas that many writers have problems with, and helps you get through them. Mary Heaton Vorse once said, "Writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair" and this book agrees. This book is full of prompts designed to get your juices flowing, and above all, get you writing! Even the most die-hard procrastators and people who are very afraid of writing anything uless it's perfect (like me)will be writing in no time. Most of all, this book showed me that you don't have to be published to be a writer. Any one who writes is a writer. Buy this book, you'll be happy you did.
5.0 out of 5 stars You need these prompts!,
This review is from: The Writer's Idea Book (Paperback)The value of this book is in its many and rich prompts. (No offense to Mr. Heffron, but Part I is the omnipresent: "when you write", "where you write", "celebrating your creative self", etc.) Part II however gets you off and running. There are hundreds of powerful prompts to help you explore the infinite ways to know (and to know what you know) and to write about something. The idea being that the writer (human being) is the quintissential observer, sculptor, shapeshifter, and magician. Prompts have you writing from a variety of imaginitive perspectives, and to various ends. You will strengthen weaknesses and discover hidden strengths. Also highly recommend "Beginnings, Middles, and Ends" by Kress.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fertile Fodder for the Writer,
This review is from: The Writer's Idea Book (Paperback)No excuses for writer's block when this book is handy. Just let the book drop, open to any page and read a "prompt", any prompt. The author is generous with his ideas to stimulate the writer's mind. Just start writing and let your mind, and fingers, wander with the writer's fodder presented. So many ideas, prompts and exercizes, you'll never run out as just one of these paths can lead you everywhere.
Well written with kind words and gentle prodding for the writer in you.
5.0 out of 5 stars No excuses (any longer)!,
This review is from: The Writer's Idea Book (Paperback)This book is a great reference to have on the shelf to spark one's creative juices or just to pickup and write something different than that three volume novel you've been sweating over for the last 10yrs.
I liked the way Heffron organized the book.
The book is geared more in my opinion to short-story/novel fiction writers than columnists or poets.
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The Writer's Idea Book by Jack Heffron (Paperback - Nov. 15 2002)
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