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The Writer's Block: Ideas to Jump-start Your Imagination - Jason Rekulak

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Genre: Encyclopedias / Reference / Author: Jason Rekulak / Paperback / 672 Pages / Book is published 2001-03-27 by Running Press,U.S.

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      13.10.2009 20:05
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      gets a writer writing....

      I picked up 'The Writer's Block' from the reference section of Waterstones a few years ago when I was studying creative writing. Initially it was the look of the book that made it so intriguing to me. It takes the form of a cube about 10cm across and down, but also 10cm deep.

      The idea is that you flip the book open at a random page and find something to inspire you to write and effectively break "writers block". On the front it says there are "786 ideas to jump start your imagination".

      Inside there is a brief introduction about all of the different types of exercises that you will find inside.

      Firstly there are "writing challenges" which are meant to get you started, in the hope that it might spark and idea which will develop into something more substantial at some stage. eg "Write about your first artistic expression" or "Write about a wedding during which time the bride or groom changes their mind." These are also accompanied by an image which may also trigger off something for you.

      The next type is that of "spark words", a single word or expression with an image eg "in laws" or "cheating. This in itself should spark off some writing, what is interesting, however, is that in many cases these words could mean any manner of things depending on your own personal perception or/and experiences.

      The final option is "writing topics" whihc contains inspirational titbits about established authors or writing tips inspired by own life stories and actions. These may not provide immediate ideas, but are in such a concise form that they may stay with you and trigger something later on in your writing, some time from the point of reading.

      I am a believer in the old writing adage that the best thing an aspiring writer can do, is just that - write! And the beauty of this book is that it encourages you (and gives you no excuse not) to do just that, but without hectoring.

      I have used it so many times over the years just to give me a kick up the backside and get myself writing again - or even if I am having a dry spell with a particular idea, it at least gets me on my way even if the topic is seemingly unrelated. I have also recommended it to friends who are English teachers for them to use in classroom exercises.

      I don't really know what else there is to say about this - other than its cheap, its different, it forms an essential part of my bookcase and if you are an aspiring writer seeking inspiration - it works!

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