The Writer's Book of Matches

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Writer's Digest Books, May 21, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 256 pages
17 Reviews
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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Review: Writers Book of Matches: 1,001 Prompts to Ignite Your Fiction

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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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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.

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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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