The Writer's Book of Matches

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Writer's Digest Books, May 21, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 256 pages
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Go ahead. Play with matches.

&break;&break;Not the usual advice, is it? But doing so will help you find inspiration, overcome writer's block, and develop a writing habit - forever. Sounds like a big promise for such a tiny little book...but it's true.

&break;&break;Inside, you'll discover more than 1,000 writing prompts designed to get your creative first burning. Consider each prompt a "match" of sorts, capable of starting anything from a tiny blaze (a short story) to a raging inferno (a novel).

&break;&break;You'll also find guidelines for using these matches to boost your creativity in fun, unexpected ways, along with dozens of inspirational quotes from some of the world's greatest writers.

&break;&break;So open the book. Pick a match. Starting a fire has never been so easy.

  

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User Review  - stypulkoski - LibraryThing

I've found this book to be extremely helpful. If you're a writer and find yourself suffering from writer's block, or just want a quick idea to toy with, this is the book for you. Read full review

Review: Writers Book of Matches: 1,001 Prompts to Ignite Your Fiction

User Review  - Kim B. - Goodreads

The best writing idea book I've encountered in possibly my whole life, if only because it was exactly what I was looking for at the time. Read full review

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Contents

PROMPTS
22
APPENDIX 1
244
APPENDIX 2
249

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Page 11 - writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
Page 12 - Mulwray's death is an incident or event that "hooks" into the action and spins it around into another direction.
Page 9 - If you wait to be inspired before you start writing, if you wait to experience that bolt of soul-clarifying insight, you're a fool and have no business being a writer. Write. The physical act itself will free the imagination. In this sense writing is like dancing, or sports, where the expression of grace comes only through movement.
Page 20 - Why do writers think they have the privilege of a special dispensation for not working? What is this mysterious white lie known as writer's block? Face it if you're not writing, it can only be because you're too lazy or you don't know what you are doing.
Page 20 - a noisy inner critic (or an even noisier next door neighbor), a story that you won't allow to come out and play, troubling life circumstances, insomnia, or myriad other things thrown in your path. ..." In Beginnings, Middles & Ends, Nancy Kress includes "fear of failure, fear of success, literary fogginess, and wrong direction
Page 6 - Before attempting to work with any of them, however, be sure to read the "How to Use This Book
Page 19 - Something shorter, preferably, and something that's a complete change of direction and pace from your newly finished book.

About the author (2007)

Fresh Boiled Peanuts is a literary journal based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The staff is composed of editors and published writers who bring a range of writing experience to the project.

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