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The Best Book on Writing in the Known Universe!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Wild Mind: Living the Writer's Life (Paperback)
Natalie brings a unique perspective to the art of writing. If you can get onto her wavelength - and the way she writes makes this spectacularly easy - then this book will open up all sorts of hidden doors and pathways in you that you never even knew existed.
The chapters are very short and snappy - rarely more than 2-3 pages - and each one gives you something to try out, to play with. She mixes personal anecdotes with Zen teachings and a wealth of experience to make your neurons leap and your synapses crackle. A few weeks into regular 'writing practice' I heard a song lyric which reminded me of something I'd heard in the past few days. I puzzled for some time over who on Earth might have said that to me before realising it was one of the characters in a short story I was working on! I've NEVER before had the experience of mixing my own fiction with real life! Could be psychosis, but I prefer to think of it as a deepening of the creative process ;-)
If you're even semi-serious about turning out some great stuff, and breaking out of your fixed patterns of thought and action, go get Wild Mind....and enjoy the ride!