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365 Ways To Get You Writing: Daily Inspiration and Advice for Creative Writers Paperback – 17 May 2012

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: How To Books (17 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845284925
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845284923
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 1.3 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Not only do you have something to write about each day -but you will be learning from the writing you are doing.' Writing Magazine

About the Author

Jane Cooper lives in Edinburgh where she teaches English and Creative Writing. She also enjoys learning through others and taking part in writers' groups and workshops. Jane is the author of six school textbooks and also writes poetry and short stories.


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This is a really great resource. Almost like having an experienced mentor by your side, it's just what is needed to help you start the day with a new writing idea. Particularly helpful and encouraging if you are a novice writer and looking for inspiration. Equally valuable if or have reached an impasse and need new impetus to experiment with an unfamiliar genre or medium. Thank you for sharing your experience and providing truly practical and constructive support.
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What a joy this book is. I don't normally read "How to" books but this one was different. It treated me like a grown-up and was packed full of great ideas and follow-up exercises that I actually wanted to do. By using examples from writers' works and showing the techniques they used and encouraging the reader to do the same it made one feel that this was indeed the "art of the possible". Try it!
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Wow, what a find! Having just finished a frenetic two years on creative writing courses I found myself in a bit of a hiatus. No more deadlines, no more tips and guidance, then along comes this delightful book, which has helped me to pick up my pen again. It is perfect for me. Easy to read, short bursts of information and then exercises to embed the knowledge, which often spark off new ideas. Much of the content is refreshing revision; more importantly, it has given me a structure to discipline myself again, back into a regular writing routine. Like many (perhaps most) writers, I have a day job, and a busy life around the job to boot. The trick is trying to find the space and time to fit writing into this busy life, and that requires discipline and focus. This book is the perfect tool that I can pick up anywhere anytime and get lost in writing for a few moments every day. Love it! Thank you Jane for writing it!
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I was so pleased to find this book; it will give my writing the spur it needs. It is full of ideas, advice and inspiration for the 'blocked', and the novice writer. I like its friendly and encouraging tone; the writer's enthusiasm for the creative use of words is infectious.
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This is just the job for writers and a total blessing for English teachers! It works! I can see this inspiring all ages and stages of budding, 'blocked' or procrastinating writers. It is not just accessible and practical, the collection of stimulating tasks really do tap in to those quirky and deep rooted gems all of us hold inside and struggle to recall or articulate sometimes. As a teacher of creative writing I shall enjoy experimenting with the wise and friendly tips in here. I reckon every English teacher would do well to have a copy to hand - no need for dull Teach-It and death-by-worksheet resources; these ideas really trigger independent creativity and could last you your teaching career pretty much. The overall style is refreshingly immediate and engaging - a touch of humour with an overarching sense of reality informing every page. Nowhere near as dry and tedious as many creative writing tomes - it's also physically light and manageable, which is a gift. It's bang up to date too - many creative writing books don't seem to allow normal kids to realise they can write - this does - it's for all abilities and will make writers of them all. What I also like about it is the way it invites us to explore other writers further too - many kids don't realise that they will write better if they read more - this encourages them to without being 'preachy'. Layout is brilliant too, as a dip-in, dip-out book, it is already inviting me to have a go myself, never mind the kids, and reminding me of that oh so common New Year's resolution!
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The market is flooded with books on creative writing - many line my bookshelves at home as I teach creative writing to teenagers. Time and again I have ordered one of these books in the hope that they will allow me to find exercises that I can use, without too much fuss, with my pupils. Sadly, most are repetitive, wordy and spend endless chapters naval gazing and philosophising about the writing process before they get to the important bit: setting a small, practical task to get us sitting on our backsides, pen in hand and writing. Jane Cooper's book stands out as one that is both intelligent and practical. it is not simplistic but it is simple - she understands writers, their need to exercise their writing muscles (just as athletes do in training) and she also understands that clear, well presented advice and exercises is the best way to ensure that her book will get used as it was intended. It is clear that Jane is both an excellent writer and teacher.
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I've tried before to use writing books that give you lots of ideas, but they left me a bit high and dry. Some ideas were wilfully wacky or trivial and just seemed pointless, others were ideas with no support.

This book is totally different. I love the way that it's in short chapters each with little exercises. There's a great mixture of tasks to give you ideas, and tasks that teach you about skills. The book includes lots of good material on showing, not telling, and detailed help on creating characters.

Each chapter is also topped and tailed with all kinds of help and guidance. The writer starts by mentioning books, poems, songs, and films as examples, along with examples from life. The chapters end with advice for other similar sorts of writing, or suggestions about what you can go on and do with what you've written.

I'll be using some of these exercises on my own when I can grab a few minutes, and others when I've got hours. There are plenty too that would work in a writer's group or a class.

All in all, a really helpful and encouraging book.
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