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The Writer's Devotional: 365 Inspirational Exercises, Ideas, Tips & Motivations on Writing
Whether you're writing fiction or nonfiction, screenplays or poetry, or simply trying to keep a more compelling journal or blog, this invaluable volume will get your creative juices flowing. Beautifully designed with a cloth-bound cover and ribbon place marker, it's filled with 365 inspiring quotations and informative tutorials to help you develop your unique voice. Each d ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Sterling
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I think that all what one can say of this book after reading it is just that: it is ok. I am not familiar with Amy Peters but if I judge by this project, her fiction should not be very enticing, if there is any. So she takes a full year and to each day of the 52 weeks she assigns an 'aspect', as she calls them, related to literature and literary writing. I liked the Mondays ("Writers on Writing"), the Tuesdays ("Motivation [to write]"), the Thursdays ("Editing") and the Saturdays ("Books to read ...more
Could anyone ever actually "finish" this book? With fifty two book recommendations, fifty two writing prompts, and fifty two writing "classes," there's a lot more packed into this daily guide than you might expect. The format is a bit more than a Word-of-the-Day for writers and a bit less than a full blown writer's handbook; following all of its potential tangents, books and writers to investigate, and story ideas might take a writer several years, let alone the supposed one set aside for this d ...more
I admit- I cheated on the intent of this book. I read it cover to cover over the course of a few days...but it was a guilty pleasure! I will certainly go back and attack each daily devotional one day at a time. I love the feel of the cover, the heavy weight of the paper, and the bound ribbon book mark is a splendid touch. It's divided equally into seven categories depending on the day of the week, of which "Motivation" was my favorite. This is one book which I will keep permanently on my desk.
A good book with lots of information and some good prompts, but not what I was hoping for. Each day is something new but in a pattern. Many of the quotes I had heard before, but some of the prompts almost seemed useless in my mind. I get they are to spark creativity, but there is a limit. Like asking someone to write a sonnet. Even with directions many aren't able to. And some of us can't rhyme for anything. Again, a good book, but not something overly helpful for me.
This book is a great way to keep your writing muscle moving - full of writing prompts and things to keep you motivated to write! The only criticism I have is that it's meant to do one per day for a year, but I find that to be unrealistic, as very little people actually have the time.