- 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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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.
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.
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.
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This is an exceptionally well written, well ordered book and every writer will benefit from the sound wisdom and useful techniques within the covers. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Unicorn
This is a great little book from a writer who knows his stuff, and which really helps you think positively about your writing. There are a lot of very good tips in there. Read morePublished 23 months ago by A Reader
This is a `positively helpful book' on a number of counts. Beginner or novice writers will find a mine of motivational tips and anecdotes to spur them on; not only to `dip their... Read morePublished on 14 Nov. 2014 by Tom Bryson - writer
Full of practical, easy to follow advice, this is one of those books that I will 're-dip into time and time again. Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2014 by Scarybird
The Positively Productive Writer is without doubt, the best motivational book on writing I've ever read. Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2014 by Maria Smith
I like this book.
It reminded me of things I already knew and things I did not.
Better for an absolute beginner. A handy book to have around..
This is the book I wish I had had years ago when I first started to write. Having got bogged down in my latest assignment for a correspondence writing course, I read the first two... Read morePublished on 2 Jun. 2012 by rjw27
This is a wonderful guide for every writer who wants to be more productive - and who doesn't? It contains practical advice and gives step-by-step suggestions with illuminating... Read morePublished on 15 May 2012 by A reader
As its title suggest the tone of this book on writing is decidedly upbeat and moves along at a spanking pace. Read morePublished on 2 May 2012 by AnnW