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The Writer's Digest Guide to Creativity (PDF)

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You'll Love This Creative Writing Guide If:

  • You need help overcoming writer's block
  • You want to spark new story ideas with creative writing prompts
  • You're looking for online websites for creative writing

Whether you have a bout of writer's block or simply need some inspiration to kick start your writing, The Writer's Digest Guide to Creativity can help! You'll find creative writing exercises, prompts, and tips to fuel your creativity and motivate you to write your next story. Discover articles on how to overcome writer's block, 15 websites to boost your creativity, strategies for increasing your productivity and managing your time efficiently, 12 tips for kick-starting your writing, interviews with Anne Lamott, Emma Donoghue, Elizabeth Berg, and Julia Cameron. Buy The Writer's Digest Guide to Creativity now and start writing!

In This Guide You'll Learn:

  • How to make time to write
  • Writing inspiration from well-known authors
  • How to create an interesting narrative arc

What You'll Find Inside:


15 Creativity-Boosting Websites
Looking for a way to jump-start your writing? Check out these links for prompts, helpful advice and opportunities to chat with fellow writers.
by Elizabeth Sims

Prewriting in Plastic
A writer electrifies his prose by bringing his story to life—literally.
By Matthew Wolfe

Creative Habits
Your Very Own Writing Retreat
Too busy to write? No budget to get away? Setting aside a time and place for your writing can be easier than you think.
By Kathryn Haueisen Cashen

Finding Creative Downtime
Battling writer's block? Relax. Research suggests inspiration will find you.
By Sarah Naurer

Meeting of the Minds
Get your bossy, literal-minded left brain in touch with its more creative counterpart.
By Michael J. Vaughn

Grow Your Writing Life
Try these 10 strategies to help you boost your creativity and productivity.
By Sage Cohen

Marry Your Life to Your Writing
Finding more time to write is as simple as making your writing a partner in the time you already have. Here's how.
By Sheila Bender

Take Back Your Lunch Hour
Use your break from work to reclaim your writing time.
By Áine Greaney

Creative Inspiration
Give Your Writing a Kick in the Pants
The writing life isn't easy. Here are 12 tough-love tips to help you push through the obstacles and get inspired.
By George Singleton

Making it Work
Learn how Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way, kept writing in the face of alcoholism, a turbulent Hollywood marriage, and frequent bouts of writer's block.
By Zachary Petit

Small Breakthroughs & Small Breakdowns
Writing guru Anne Lamott discusses the importance of writing every day, and why you shouldn't wait for inspiration.
By Diana Page Jordan

Staying the Course
Some may call her the latest breakout novelist, but for Emma Donoghue, to achieve writing success means following your personal obsessions.
By Jessica Strawser

The Art of Writing True
Elizabeth Berg's real career highlight came long before Oprah came calling (though that was nice, too). Here's why she says writing is the best kind of creative free fall.
By Jessica Strawser

Creative Craft
Playing With Time
Get creative with your narrative arc.
By Jody Bates

It's All in the Details
Learn to carefully examine your word choices and enrich your descriptions to take your writing to the next level.
By Stephanie Steele & Joe Stollenwerk

Eye of the Beholder
Looking for a unique angle? Try these ideas for choosing the best point of view for your story.
By Nancy Kress

Straight Talk
Try these 7 creative ways to inject realism into your dialogue.
By James Scott Bell

Write Like Your Literary Heroes
Spark your creativity by reshaping and reimagining the writing styles of the masters.
By Mort Castle

Writing as Practice,
Writing as Play Use focused freewriting to direct your creativity.
By Barbara Baig

The Starting Line
A good opening line is a powerful thing: It can grab an editor's attention, set the tone for the rest of the piece, and make sure readers stay through The End. Here are 10 ways to steer your story toward success.
By Jacob M. Appel

Reclaiming the Personal Essay
Say goodbye to the cardboard cutout essays you remember from grade school. Stretch your creativity and find your authentic voice by trying one of these 10 imaginative essay forms.
By Dinty W. Moore

Creative Business
Screen Time
Get creative with your marketing: Create a trailer to promote your book with cinematic flair.
By Shauna E. Black

The 50 Best Online Markets
Think outside the book with your submissions by including online markets in your search for publication.
By Vanessa Wieland & Jennifer Benner

Joining Forces
Partnering with other authors can give you leverage for your career—and a whole host of other benefits besides. Here's how to do it.
By Marie Lamba

Claiming Your North Star
Learn how to build your platform and let it guide you to success.
By Sage Cohen

Creativity Workbook
25 Ways to Improve Your Writing in 30 Minutes a Day
The best writers never stop striving for ways to write better. Here, five masters of the craft share their secrets for honing the essentials, one technique at a time.

Unkeeping a Journal
Grow your writing by letting go.
By Heather Sellers

Block Busters
Try these 10 creative ways to beat writer's block fast.
By Fred White

Flex Your Creative Writing Muscles
Looking for ways to stretch your creativity? Try these exercises from four masters of the craft.
Compiled by B.J. Hollars

Getting Back on Track
Bogged down? Try using these 10 exercises to write yourself out of a rut.
By Brian Kiteley

Back Page
Take a 10-Minute Break
Set a timer and jump-start your creativity with these 10-minute freewriting prompts.
By Scott Francis

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Excellent Review by Linda
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Lots of creativity tips, including using short periods of otherwise "wasted" time to write more productively, writing prompts, and ways to resolve writer's block and stretch your creativity.

(Posted on 1/2/2014)

Reviewing a Book I Haven't Read . . . Yet. Review by Brenda
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So I was checking out The Writer's Digest. Again, Online. It had been touting a "creative writing guide" the last few days when I'd glanced at the site: The Writer's Digest Guide to Creativity. It's in PDF for Download.

Why would I review a book I haven't purchased (yet), and haven't read?

First, it said I (you, we) would love this book if we needed help overcoming writer's block (my biggest block is time, but maybe they’ll address that too); or if we wanted to "spark new story ideas with creative writing prompts" (probablly not necessary, I have 11 unfinished book projects now. And I won't even count how many non-fiction pieces); or if we were looking for good creative writing online websites (I'm always willing to check them out).

Then it said I (you, we) would find out how to make time for writing, with inspiration well-known authors, while learning how to create interesting narrative ARCs. WOW!

OK. They already almost had me.

They followed up with a list of "What You'll Find Inside"—I'll only give you a very few of my favorites from their list:

1. "Your Very Own Writing Retreat" about easily setting aside a time and place to write, by Kathryn Hauelsen Cashen.

2. "Meeting of the Minds" about getting my left brain editor in touch with its more creative counterpart, by Michael J. Vaughn.

3. "Making it Work" about Julia Cameron (you know, the author of the marvelous The Artist's Way) and her struggles with alcoholism, a "turbulent" Hollywood marriage, and bouts of writer's block (I had no idea! But I loved her Artist's Way—if she could still write with all that going on, what's my problem?) by Zachary Petit.

4. "Small Breakthroughs and Small Breakdowns" about Anne Lamott, (another of my personal writing gurus) and her ideas on the importance of daily writing and not waiting for "inspiration" by Diana Page Jordan.

5. "Write Like Your Literary Heroes" about reshaping and reimagining the writing styles of the masters (and I have a bunch of "fave" authors I would do well to emulate, but not "copy") by Mort Castle.

That's only 5 of their more than 30 items "inside" the PDF. I already put it on my "wish list" yesterday.

Excuse me, my husband's up now:

ME: Honey, we need to talk.

HE: Unh-Oh!

ME: It’s not bad. It’s . . . about Christmas.

HE: What.

ME: You know. Christmas. Presents.

HE: What do you want now?

ME: It's only $9.99 . . .

(editor/writer at The ABC Writers Guild)

(Posted on 12/12/2013)

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