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on 17 January 2008
A clearly written, informative, entertaining and incredibly useful book - and not just for playwriting. I am a short story writer and I found the exercises invaluable for discovering and developing ideas. If you teach writing you may find it useful to know the book includes exercises for groups as well as individuals with an estimate of the time each exercise will take.This is a book for anyone interested in writing of any kind - I can't praise it enough.
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on 24 January 2006
This book is great. It covers practical exercises so you can develop your work and find your own voice. It has flexible exercises you can use as a teacher or as a writer and throughout emphasises imaginative use of language and gaining confidence in your own work. I use it to develop my own writing as well as in classes. Can't recommend it enough.
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on 13 February 2015
Brilliant ideas, love the book all the way to my first million. Peter ripped off the flimsy brown paper from the package that landed on his door mat. He pulled the wrapping off the books shoulders, exposing the soft white flesh of the pages. Roughly he grasp the slender book in his calloused hands, from the years of tolling at the keyboard trying to produce the master-piece that would save his children from starvation. "I want you" he breathed huskily, "I need you" he panted, his mouth dry with excitement. He let his hands wander up and down the books spine. He breathed heavily, his mind racing. He placed the book on the table, moved her further onto the table for easier more comfortable reading and gently parted her pages.He positioned himself, he undid his glasses case and his spectacles sprang loose, released from the tight confines of the tight denim case. he grasped his coffee cup in his right hand and moved his fingers up and down the mug, feeling its girth in his fingers. He placed his glasses on his nose, cleared his throat and entered the book, effortlessly. Waves of pleasure coursed through his body as he read, turning the pages again and again, taking him to places he never knew existed. After thirty minutes he stopped, he lit a cigarette and sat back. "That was amazing" he uttered before falling asleep quite exhausted by his morning exertions.
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