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The Writer's Block: 786 Ideas to Jump-Start Your Imagination
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2010
I got this book, along with Creative Block, a book of similar format, for Christmas. I've already made use of both! They're a creative push in the "write direction", with excercises in the form of "spark" words, phrases, questions and photos. It also includes short, informative articles about published works, reviews, writing habits and reminders. A great help for writers!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2011
For anyone with an interest in writing this is a really nice book to use when a bit of inspiration is needed. It's really easy to use with a different task/idea on each page to be opened and attempted at random. Unlike trying to use the internet where you can get easily distracted it keeps you on task. The only problem is the shape makes it a little hard to read but if it was any bigger it wouldn't be so easy to carry around so it's a fair trade.
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on 26 June 2012
I love the ideas with which this little book presents the writer. I bought it some time ago, but have only just received it from the person whose address I use (I'm never in).

I've already written several pieces stimulated by this book, and realise how useful it will be in the future. Great for NaNo novels and for when a story has become bogged down: just look in The Writer's Block for inspiration.

However, it has one ENORMOUS fault, touched on in another review. I foresee a time when this book will fall apart: the spine is fragile - not surprising, really, having to hold together all those pages in a three by three format - and is already badly creased; it can't be avoided, no matter how careful you are.

Perhaps a container for the parts that this book will become would have been nice; then it would have become a question of randomly "cutting the cards" for inspiration. I'll be looking round for something to keep the pages in when they fall apart.

Worth buying, regardless of my reservations.
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on 4 June 2012
This is a handy book to have around when the words just aren't coming as freely as they should.

The book is divided up into the following sections:
- spark words to get your imagination going in any direction it wants to
- short writing challenges which are designed to get you writing on a given theme
- advice from a variety of well-known writers eg Anne Rice and Isabel Allende. It's also useful to know that everyone finds writing difficult - even the greats!

When I am writing and the words dry up I find pictures and photographs really help so I particularly like that there are quite a few photographs included in this little book too.

Hopefully this will help to get (and keep) you writing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If you have ever suffered from writer's block, this is a very good book. It has helped me a lot.

(Sorry if I have been slightly brief there! I just can't think of anything else to add!)
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on 9 August 2005
An interesting concept, an enjoyable marketing ploy, and a useful toy to keep around your desk as long as you don't use it much: the joy of this little work is its major flaw. Rekulak offers a book in the form of a three inch cube - it's as broad as it is tall as it is deep! A neat idea, an attractive artifact for your bookshelf, but start opening it regularly, the spine begins to crack, and the charming ornament is on its way to becoming a set of flash cards.
Now, as a professional writer, I assure you that everyone has their off days, their off weeks, their off months. Writing is hard for everyone and, unless you have the single-minded discipline of Trollope, there will be times when you just can't. Most people write for pleasure, some write professionally: everyone dries up from time to time.
There are lots of reasons for becoming blocked - I'm a qualified social worker, I'd immediately counsel you to understand the problem before you treat the blockage because, to continue the plumbing analogy, sometimes it's only the fact that the pipe's frozen which stops your house from flooding. First, establish why you can't write.
If it's just through lack of stimulation or inspiration, then tools like "The Writer's Block" can be of use. Try to write every day. Find yourself somewhere comfortable, or somewhere challenging, and write regularly. And look for inspiration everywhere - Rekulak points out that inspiration is all around, in magazines and newspapers, on television and radio, in adverts, books, the people you meet, the sights you see, the objects you touch. Learn to note, to ask questions, to speculate ... to ramble.
If you can't find anything which inspires you, then use an exercise tool like this book. Rekulak offers three different triggers to inspiration: Writing Challenges - a quick couple of words and a photograph, make up a story; Spark Words - words to trigger ideas; and Topics - areas of writing about which to speculate and get you thinking about your craft. He suggests you open the book at random and go from there - force yourself to respond to the trigger at which you open the book.
There are 786 of these 'ideas to jump-start your imagination' - the number, I suppose, determined by the need to keep the cube to three inches (7.5cm). It's useful, it's stimulating, and it's a sweet little novelty. But it does break down through use. And there are many writing exercises on the Internet which you can access for free.
A neat little marketing ploy, but consider why you've stopped writing, why it's happened, and whether you need to do anything else before you decide it's your inspiration which has run dry.
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on 27 September 2008
If you can't get to the internet for writing prompts and are stuck somewhere on a project (whether it's that tricky scene in the middle or actually just the beginning), this is likely the book for you. It's a little bit unwieldy, but it's still portable enough to bring on the commute to jar a few brain cells into operation. The combination of pictures, single-word prompts, writing exercises and stories about other authors are inspirational. On the whole, this thing will be living in my handbag for the foreseeable future.
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on 3 October 2009
As a budding short story writer, like most I come across those occasions of 'mental block', where ideas are few. This little book opened randomly at any page can provide some useful starting points and stimulus to the writing process. I thoroughly recommend it as a useful tool in your kit bag
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on 18 March 2013
This is a very small and practical little book to play with.
Yes ,it always attracts your attention as you're passing by and invites you to open it and dream.
Great!Very inspiring ,funny, interesting,great to get you writing or just to look at it when relaxing.
Love it!
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on 12 April 2015
I bought it for a friend and she likes it.
I do have one of my own and I think it's a neat little helper when you feel just that little bit low on imagination-fuel. It has pictures and instructions in it, and it really is a ''block'' of a book. Clever and fun!
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