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The Five-Minute Writer: Exercise and Inspiration in Creative Writing in Five Minutes a Day Paperback – 27 Oct 2006


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  • Paperback: 181 pages
  • Publisher: How To Books; 1st Paperback Edition edition (27 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845281578
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845281571
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 14.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 781,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'An exploration of ritualistic behaviour, thinking outside the box, writing about the concept of choice. Just three of the 57 topics and they are presented in a way that stimulates your creative thinking process.'
-- Writing Magazine

'By the taking one of the chapters, and completing its exercise, each day you will develop a productive and enjoyable writing routine.'
-- Writing Magazine

`...an excellent guide...packed with information, advice is
presented in a straightforward, down to earth, and enthusiastic style...'
-- Reader review of Margret's previously published books

About the Author

Margret Geraghty is a published author who runs classes in creative writing. For 12 years she wrote a monthly column for Writing Magazine and Writers' News and she is also the author of The Novelist's Guide. She has a degree in psychology and an MA in film studies. Margret lives in Bath, but spends half the week in Hampshire.

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78 of 79 people found the following review helpful By BRENDA ROBERTS on 11 May 2009
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This book provides writing exercises if you want them, but for me the general text makes one or two excellent points. And if nothing else the book was worth buying for thesealone. The most important point: five minutes writing each day is preferable to two hours at the weekend. The brain gets trained to think up creatively at a moments notice. Another is write what you know. This, of course, is well known but Margaret Geraghty points to the passion aspect of what you know and feel. Write with and about your own passion and the writing will flow well.

Its a reference book, one to dip into for inspiration. Good value for money.
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Justintime on 22 Oct 2007
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I purchased this book on a whim, hoping to obtain some creative genius to help me write. I was pleasantly surprised by how much it helped me in my time of great need to achieve ideas and comfort me in my period of writers block.
Outstanding work by Geraghty...I attribute (hopefully) my success in the future.
A must for firstime writers!
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By L. Pearce on 22 Dec 2008
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Highly Recommended - short sections offering food for thought followed by writing exercises. The exercises in almost all cases inspired me to either write good sections for current work, produce new ideas, or get excellent insights into my characters. A must read for would be writers!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By L. Hargreaves on 9 Jan 2010
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New years resolution - to try and write a book! Creative writing courses are ridiculously expensive but I needed some help. Now, normally when I purchase books like this, they go on my book shelf and I occasionally flick through thinking it makes me seem that bit more intelligent! However, i received this book on Wednesday and ever since have sat down for a couple of hours a day and done the exercises. They are really simple and quite fun! And you begin to realise how they can help you when writing. I've only got a few of the tasks in and I'm doing a lot of talking to myself, but I'd recommend this book for anyone who needs a bit of inspiration! It's clearly set out, simple to understand and like the other reviews say, you can just dip in and out of it when you've got a bit of spare time.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By SE Asia traveller on 14 Feb 2009
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I own a few books on writing and this is definitely one of the most useful. It contains a wide variety of different exercises and ideas to get the writing going and they really do help. Moreover, you don't just work through the book once: you can do the same exercises over and over again but differently so it is a constant source of inspiration. Brilliant value for money.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By mavish khan on 11 Jan 2010
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I found this book really useful, it helped improve my writing.
The book has over 40 exercises which you are encouraged to attempt. I did one a day. The prompts took me out of my comfort zone. They made me think and write in a different way.
I didn't use all the exercises. Some of them didn't appeal to me. Most of them did. I also found that I could do one exercise and then a week later re-do it in a slightly different way.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Alison Roberts on 14 Oct 2010
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This book was bought based on the reviews on Amazon. I am about 2/3's of the way through a writing course and was thinking about whether I would still feel inspired when I am not being set official course questions. Quite often you just need a line or a slight change in thinking to feel totally inspired and write a story. This book is full of really great ideas on how to get you started and where to find inspiration. I would definitely recommend this for anyone that likes to write - no matter what level of writer you are.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vamp on 5 Mar 2011
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This book is ideal for fiction writers who want (or need!) a little warm-up exercise to get them started up on cold mornings! I read it right through from cover to cover, but essentially it is a "dip into" book; just flip it open at any page and do the exercise in front of you. You may find the odd one or two that you've come across before (or something very similar) but the vast majority of the exercises are bright, new and fresh ideas for jump-starting the creative juices. Hugely recommended.
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