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Awaken The Writer Within 3rd Edition: A Sourcebook for Releasing Your Creativity and Finding Your True Writer's Voice Paperback – 25 Nov 2005

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: How To Books; 3rd Revised edition edition (25 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845280776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845280772
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,709,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Awaken The Writer Within shows how to release your creativity.'
-- Writing Magazine

‘There is a solid practical base to this book … give Cathy’s methods a try – you might surprise yourself.’ -- Writer’s Bulletin

About the Author

Cathy Birch is a writer, lecturer, and Jungian psychotherapist. Her impressive writing credits range from comedy material for Bob Hope, Dave Allen and The Two Ronnies to language skills textbooks, poetry, articles and short stories. She is based in Okehampton, Devon, UK.

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I think, potentially, the ideas and exercises in this book might appeal to those who have fully harnessed the right side of their brain, but others might struggle.

The approach relies heavy on the use of visualisation, dreams, visions, Tarot and some akin to self-hypnosis to tease out the writer within. Imagining discussions with, between and through fictional characters, locations, objects and theoretical concepts might seem odd to those without an open mind and the willing to feel a bit foolish. If you have tried to Draw on the Right Side of the Brain, you might have a better time grasping some of the more creative and outland angles of approach in getting to an end result here - but the book isn't worthless without this perspective by any means. I found some of the more straight forward examples for timed exercises and getting the creative juices flowing with prompts really worked well - but, I'm really not sold on the potential of the package as a whole.

As a relatively short read, you won't waste too much time giving the approach your consideration, even if it doesn't appeal in the end. I doubt that anyone could come away from the text without one or two new ideas, and those with a more active imagination might grasp a great deal more.
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This book was used by a local tutor as the basis for a series of weekend classes in creative writing. Many students said it was the best course on the subject they had ever attended. While attending the course, I bought the book myself and use it frequently.
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By A Customer on 6 Jan. 2002
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I bought this book for my partner - a wannabe writer - and read it myself. It is full of good ideas and exercises to help you develop characters, plot, etc. Any writer prepared to work through it would probably benefit.
Robert Flatau
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just in time for Camp NaNo! 2 April 2013
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I have read some of this book, and what I have read, I have really enjoyed. So, April Fool's Day Camp NaNo starts and I plan to use it as my muse for the challenge. So while I like it today, I may love it tomorrow.

Cathy Birch uses alot of visual tools and flow charts and also dreamwork which I am really interested in on a personal level. I love her writing style and I am curious to see how this book helps with my next writing challenge.
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