Author Tips: 23 WRITING PROMPTS THAT MAKE YOU WORK SMARTER
by David Seth Miller
Author Tips: 23 WRITING PROMPTS THAT MAKE YOU WORK SMARTER - a radical approach to skill building for writers of all kinds.
23 WRITING PROMPTS is a guidebook for working more intelligently as a writer. Over the course of a month, working through each of the 23 chapters, you'll make stunning improvements by learning to identify and challenge any blind spots in your storytelling, and to direct your thinking in new ways.
Each chapter deconstructs a different writing fundamental such as character development and narrative structure, and then applies related disciplines--from cognitive bias and rhetoric, to logic and psychology--all in simple, easy to follow language.
Why 23? The idea is that you can work through this book in one of two ways. The first is to simply read through, working on skills and following the prompts you find most valuable. The other (recommended) way is to commit to a radical month of daily challenges, taking time each weekday morning for a prompt, and then using weekends to revise and develop special exercises into new works.
Either way, by the end of 23 WRITING PROMPTS you will have a supercharged perspective, and new momentum in your progression as a writer.
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This book is stripped of non-essentials. It lays out proven storytelling techniques, and urges the reader to complete writing exercises based on these techniques. This is basically how online university writing courses are taught, except you don't get the peer and professor feedback. Obviously, the book isn't meant to be a substitute for an actual course, but if you're considering taking college courses, you could try completing this book first. For writers who are further along, this book is a good refresher.
Reading through this book (as of yet, I have not completed the writing assignments as the author intended) I get a strong sense that Miller's ultimate goal is for the aspiring writer to not just 'get better at writing,' but to develop a better sense of taste. To overcome the disease of cliched and commodified language (such as that used in commercials and travel brochures) by becoming more aware of it.
I say this book will be a refresher for some because the building blocks are covered (5 W's of journalism, narration, etc) but Miller lays out some advanced techniques as well. He gives examples of how to describe (people) for emotional effect, rather than merely physical. How to use linear/nonlinear narrative techniques to create questions/build suspense in the reader's mind. Again, very useful and not always at the front of the writer's mind.
Finally, I should mention that the author emailed to notify me that there was a 2-day window in which I could get this book for free. But I was unable to download the book in those 2 days as I was traveling. I wound up buying the book at full price ($7) and I am not disappointed. The ideas in this book and the consideration given to its layout are, I feel, worth more than what I paid. I think it will add value to my life as a writer. For this reason, I gave the book five stars. Click The Book Cover Below To Start Reading Today!