WIR #13: The Writer's Idea Book

The Writer's Idea BookHeffron Jack. The Writer's Idea Book. Cincinnati, Ohio: Writer's Digest Books. Copyright © 2000, by Jack Heffron.

I've been focusing a lot lately on reading books in my library on writing novels. I've 18 such books in my library and while it's always worthwhile reading a book a second or third time, I've read all but three of those 18. I've also been rereading several novels, too, but the purpose behind that is to outline novels with which I'm familiar to further my education on writing the novel. However, I'm wanting also to read books I've not read and I've several such books in my library, many of which I've owned for several years now. Jack Heffron's The Writer’s Idea Book is one example.

The book is touted with the tag-line, "How to develop great ideas for fiction, nonfiction, poetry and screenplays," and is said to contain more than 400 prompts. The blurb on the back cover and on the inside flaps of this hardcover make it sound even more interesting to me.

The back cover blurb:

"Where do you get your ideas?"

It's a question and a quandary that bedevils every writer. And once you've got an idea, what then? Ideas without a plan, without a purpose, are no more than pleasant thoughts.

In The Writer's Idea Book, Jack Heffron, senior editor at Writer's Digest Books and Story Press, will help you find the answer. Utilizing over 400 prompts and exercises, you'll generate intriguing ideas and plumb their possibilities to turn them into something amazing.

The Writer's Idea Book will give you the insight and the self-awareness to create and refine ideas that demand to be transformed into greater works, the kind of compelling, absorbing writing that will have other writers asking "where do you get those ideas?"

The blurb from the inside flap:

It all begins with the creation and development of ideas, the genesis of great writing. To most, it is surrounded by an almost mystical aura. Regardless of how it may appear, there are no tricks, no best-selling nor Pulitzer Prize-winning concepts hidden up the writer's sleeve.

Inside, you'll find an abundance of playful, humorous — sometimes downright cranky — instruction that will enable you to generate new ideas and reinvigorate old ones. You'll learn how to determine which ideas engage you the most, ensuring that the ones you choose are the ones you're sure to develop into something extraordinary. You'll find a weath of advice for getting started and writing with the right goals in mind.

Your ideas will be clearer, more personal and more powerful. In turn, your writing will capture the heart, engage the mind and make the process of finding ideas and turning them into finely-wrought words the most magical experience of all.

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