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  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Compass Books; Reprint edition (27 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846948517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846948510
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 930,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Feeling rejected? Simon's book will change your mood in a minute! A marvellous book, positive, practical and inspiring. Every freelance writer should keep a copy on their desk. If you're ready to give up, just reach for this book, it re-ignites your writing energy, effortlessly. It worked for me, and will work for you. --(Diana Cambridge, Writers' New magazine's Agony Aunt)

Simon Whaley's advice for writers is sensible, practical and inspiring. The Positively Productive Writer delivers a well-judged kick up the butt for writers everywhere. --(Jane Wenham-Jones, Writing Magazine columnist, novelist and author of 'Wannabe A Writer?' and 'Wannabe A Writer We've Heard Of?')

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Simon Whaley is a bestselling author and writer.


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For the last two years I have been wanting to give up my job and become a freelance writer. I have always blamed lack of time for not fulfilling my ambitions. However reading Simons book I realise that I don't need big chunks of time. I CAN do a bit here and a bit there and get as much done.I work full time at the moment and am hoping to drop a day in the New year and my goal is to be able to give up my job completely and write full time by this time next year. So far I have ony had letters published in magazines not proper articles but Simon has filled me with a new confidence. I can do it and I will.It is a brilliant book. I have also discovered his website and it is full of really helpful information.If you are an aspiring writer who needs inspiration get hold of this book as soon as possible.
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There’s one thing about time on which we all agree – we never have enough of it.

Accept that fact and move on. Moving on has to be the first step in becoming positive about anything, let alone as a writer.

I do like this kind of book. If I’m honest, I was sold on being positive years ago. Life coaching, spinning negatives into positives, it’s something I swear by.

What’s different about this book, why I would recommend it, is that the author has transferred the basic ‘life coaching’ skills and applied them to writing.

Making lists is a positive way to control challenges, ticking off a list as something is achieved is a positive action. I love positive actions – and the idea of treating myself when I’ve succeeded.

Can it be so simple? Once you train your mind to be positive, yes.

As this is a book for writers, there’s also some nuggets of information – essentials. Deciding you’re going to write a short story, article or novel is all well and good. But you still need to know how to get from blank page to commission, let alone a cheque in the bank. The clue’s in the title – The Positively Productive Writer.

This is a good book to break you out of that awful world of procrastination.
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For those of us struggling in full-time jobs, desperate to leave the world of the working wounded to pursue our dreams of becoming writers, this book is a breath of fresh air. I read a few pages this morning before beginning another soul-destroying day in local government, and I already feel positive about achieving my dream of writing full-time. Simon's enthusiasm and positivity shines through and banishes those doubts we all have - not to mention the little negative 'voice' that creeps in every now and then. The message is: if you want to be a writer, you can be, but only you can make it happen. With this book to help you, you're one step nearer that dream. Go for it - today!
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Do you feel that your writing career is stuck in second gear? Fed up with all those rejection letters? Struggling to find enough time to write? Or do you think that you're never going to make it, and that you should give up?

In this book, Simon Whaley helps you overcome all these problems and more. Simon is a full-time, award winning, professional freelance writer and, drawing on his years of experience in a way that is both engaging and inspiring, he offers practical advice that will have you raring to get to your keyboard. The book gives clear, easy to read, instructions on goal setting, remaining focused, how to create your own writing space, how to find time to write, how to increase your productivity and how to deal with rejections.

Most importantly, however, Simon's book is all about staying positive and banishing those negative emotions - an essential skill for any writer. Positive writers write, negative writers don't, and it's the writers who write that get published. Simon tells us how to turn those negative moments in our lives into positive ones, and mentions `brain-training' techniques that make the task easier. This is an essential book for anyone who takes their writing seriously, aspiring or published, and it is one that will remain on my bookshelf for many years to come.

Probably the best book about writing that I've ever read.
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I write for a living. Some days, it gets to eight o'clock at night and I feel I haven't done enough, leaving me feeling stressed and dissatisfied. Now I've read Simon's book, that's all changed. Following the advice in his book, I keep a tally of all the words I write, whether for fillers, or articles, my novel or non fiction. At the end of each week, I can actually see how much I've managed to write, on average, per day. Those feelings of dissatisfaction have gone away.
And it's not just tips like that. Simon's book is crammed full of wonderful, positive stuff, ways to think differently and not just about writing. It's about how we can feel good about what we manage to achieve rather than feel unhappy because we haven't fulfilled our dreams. Simon explains how, by setting realistic goals, writers of any level can feel that thheya re making progress towards their eventual goal, whatever that might be. If it was up to me, everybdy would read theis book not just writers. It has so much to offer to anyone who needs a bit of a boos and wants to get more out of life.
GREAT BOOK.
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