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'An innovative creative writing aid that will be hugely valuable to writers' - Scottish Book Trust This essential creative writing guide will take you away from your desk, to return with new ideas, fresh insight, better writing skills, and a renewed passion for your novel. It's suitable for both those who are seeking tried-and-tested strategies for revising a novel draft, 'An innovative creative writing aid that will be hugely valuable to writers' - Scottish Book Trust This essential creative writing guide will take you away from your desk, to return with new ideas, fresh insight, better writing skills, and a renewed passion for your novel. It's suitable for both those who are seeking tried-and-tested strategies for revising a novel draft, and those who would like to improve their understanding of the writer's craft - to learn how to write a book that truly satisfies readers - and generate a store of ideas before starting to write a novel. Each of the 52 activities for writers to get out and do - from climbing a hill to visiting a favourite cafE, from sampling a new mode of transport to taking part in a hi-tech treasure hunt - is accompanied by an essay on an aspect of the writer's craft, and practical exercises to help with writing or revising your novel. Including examples from well-known novels, and a bonus chapter on editing your work, '52 Dates for Writers' covers both the craft and business of writing - from how to write better dialogue and revamp your storyline, to how to write your synopsis like a pro and understand your market. With over 150 writing prompts and exercises, '52 Dates for Writers' offers an amazing range of things to do and try, as well as ways to approach your writing that go above and beyond the usual advice dished out in books about writing. If you're a new writer looking for new ways to find ideas, or an experienced writer wanting a new way to approach your storytelling, you'll find a lot of value in this book!


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'An innovative creative writing aid that will be hugely valuable to writers' - Scottish Book Trust This essential creative writing guide will take you away from your desk, to return with new ideas, fresh insight, better writing skills, and a renewed passion for your novel. It's suitable for both those who are seeking tried-and-tested strategies for revising a novel draft, 'An innovative creative writing aid that will be hugely valuable to writers' - Scottish Book Trust This essential creative writing guide will take you away from your desk, to return with new ideas, fresh insight, better writing skills, and a renewed passion for your novel. It's suitable for both those who are seeking tried-and-tested strategies for revising a novel draft, and those who would like to improve their understanding of the writer's craft - to learn how to write a book that truly satisfies readers - and generate a store of ideas before starting to write a novel. Each of the 52 activities for writers to get out and do - from climbing a hill to visiting a favourite cafE, from sampling a new mode of transport to taking part in a hi-tech treasure hunt - is accompanied by an essay on an aspect of the writer's craft, and practical exercises to help with writing or revising your novel. Including examples from well-known novels, and a bonus chapter on editing your work, '52 Dates for Writers' covers both the craft and business of writing - from how to write better dialogue and revamp your storyline, to how to write your synopsis like a pro and understand your market. With over 150 writing prompts and exercises, '52 Dates for Writers' offers an amazing range of things to do and try, as well as ways to approach your writing that go above and beyond the usual advice dished out in books about writing. If you're a new writer looking for new ways to find ideas, or an experienced writer wanting a new way to approach your storytelling, you'll find a lot of value in this book!

30 review for 52 Dates for Writers: Ride a Tandem, Assume an Alias and 50 Other Ways to Improve Your Novel Draft

  1. 4 out of 5

    Fran Macilvey

    '52 Dates for Writers' is a small but immensely helpful book, reminding writers of the need to inject interest, movement and colour into their narratives - and giving them the tools - and the permission - to do so. Speaking as a desk-bound author who is apt to work too hard, one of the most useful realisations is that doing different things, and even doing ordinary tasks differently, refreshes the whole writing journey, so that in fact, no new insight or experience is a waste of time. Everything '52 Dates for Writers' is a small but immensely helpful book, reminding writers of the need to inject interest, movement and colour into their narratives - and giving them the tools - and the permission - to do so. Speaking as a desk-bound author who is apt to work too hard, one of the most useful realisations is that doing different things, and even doing ordinary tasks differently, refreshes the whole writing journey, so that in fact, no new insight or experience is a waste of time. Everything we do, and everything we are, informs our writing. When we are feeling that we really should get down to some work but would much rather go out for a walk in the hills, or daydream, we are allowed to, and can even call it research. That is a relief. Claire offers great tips for enhancing our writing, for brushing up our submissions to agents and publishers, for reflecting on why and what we write. This is not a book to read in a hurry, but one to refer to, to use as a resource and as refreshment. I am grateful to have my copy. All the best, Claire. Fran Macilvey, author, 'Trapped: My Life With Cerebral Palsy'

  2. 4 out of 5

    Vani

    The book helped me to look at my own manuscript in a fresh light. It made me reflect about the things that I had completely skipped out on in my hurry to finish off the `final' draft. As a writer, I think we all have a tendency to get holed up in our houses and not really be in touch with what goes on around us. In that way, after going through the 52 exercises in the book, I felt much more motivated to be out and about, to get my head clear and have a fresh dose of ideas. The author says that i The book helped me to look at my own manuscript in a fresh light. It made me reflect about the things that I had completely skipped out on in my hurry to finish off the `final' draft. As a writer, I think we all have a tendency to get holed up in our houses and not really be in touch with what goes on around us. In that way, after going through the 52 exercises in the book, I felt much more motivated to be out and about, to get my head clear and have a fresh dose of ideas. The author says that it could be something as simple as going on a house hunt that could trigger new thoughts. For any writer, who is willing to get his/her creative juices flowing, this book could be an excellent starting point - you read one chapter and you complete the exercise and keep progressing from thereon. For writers who have already written their novel (and I'm one of them), it could provide pointers, may be of things you have missed out on (I realize I have missed out on a lot of details!) and then you could go back and start afresh. All in all, you can take away a lot from this book if you are committed to honing your skills!

  3. 5 out of 5

    booksofallkinds

    As someone who dreams of writing the next big thing, I completely understand the stress of making enough time for my own writing. But even harder than making the time, is the worry of sitting at your desk and finding your inspiration has decided to disappear for the day. Or maybe you are at the point where you have completed your first draft and are filled with horror at the thought of the next step in the process - the rewrite. Never fear! Like most things in life, writing is a process, and whi As someone who dreams of writing the next big thing, I completely understand the stress of making enough time for my own writing. But even harder than making the time, is the worry of sitting at your desk and finding your inspiration has decided to disappear for the day. Or maybe you are at the point where you have completed your first draft and are filled with horror at the thought of the next step in the process - the rewrite. Never fear! Like most things in life, writing is a process, and while every writer will have their own individual techniques and tricks to get them to the next stage, there are some commonalities that are universal - one of which is that sometimes you need to leave your desk and look at things from a new perspective. And 52 DATES FOR WRITERS - RIDE A TANDEM, ASSUME AN ALIAS, AND 50 OTHER WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR NOVEL DRAFT by Claire Wingfield, is the perfect reference book for writers at every stage of their writing. From going on a Ferris Wheel to help you gain a different vantage point for describing your scenes, to attending a sports event to experience the atmosphere and rivalry first hand so that you can later relay it in your work, there really is something for every writer. With creative and insightful flare, each date is carefully linked to the elements of character development, plot, setting, style and the business of writing. Useful along every step of the process this reference guide really is a gem. Having tried a handful of these dates already (visit a forest, and visit a graveyard to name a few), I already find myself more motivated and productive when I sat down to dabble with my current work in progress. But what about those times that you cannot leave the house? Don't worry as this guide also provides us with dates that can be achieved at home - from daydreaming (yes you read that correctly) to transforming your writing space. 52 DATES FOR WRITERS by Claire Wingfield is a must have guide for writers and it is fun to boot! (I received this book in exchange for an honest review)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    Every now and again I come across a book about writing that is insightful, creative, and utilitarian. Claire Wingfield's 52 Dates for Writers is one. Intended for writers who are working on a novel or in revision stage, this book gives writers an array of 'dates' to bring fresh insight into a piece of fiction. Claire's 'dates' are exercises that take a writer out of his or her comfort zone and out into the world to change perspective and add depth to a manuscript. Some of the dates may seem like s Every now and again I come across a book about writing that is insightful, creative, and utilitarian. Claire Wingfield's 52 Dates for Writers is one. Intended for writers who are working on a novel or in revision stage, this book gives writers an array of 'dates' to bring fresh insight into a piece of fiction. Claire's 'dates' are exercises that take a writer out of his or her comfort zone and out into the world to change perspective and add depth to a manuscript. Some of the dates may seem like something people do frequently - such as #13, "Visit an art gallery or exhibition". But Wingfield takes the motions of this common activity and relates it directly to the novel; in #13's case, to the visual elements of your manuscript and the power of the missing word, among other things. After a few of these dates, other everyday activities take on a new importance. I've even thought about how my main character drives while I'm driving, or how she might navigate my local supermarket; things I wouldn't have considered without first reading and using this book. The dates are organized into five elements of a novel: characterization, plot, setting, style, and the writing business. Many 'dates' span two or three of these elements. This is really helpful when feedback has indicated that a certain element needs work - readers can pick and choose the dates that would be most beneficial. I've been on over a dozen dates so far, chosen especially to help specific elements of my current manuscript. They have given me a fresh outlook on some of the things I am struggling with, and I'm grateful for this prompting. Highly recommended. I'll be using this book for years to come.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ruthyoung

    This book is a great find. It is like doing a creative writing course from the comfort of your own home. It is a book to help you improve your writing skills giving you new ideas of ways to think, see, hear and then write.There are 52 ideas of places to visit, to see a place with fresh eyes, to listen to dialogue in crowded venues, to listen to the peace and tranquility of others. It is challenging and thought provoking. Re-reading some of my work it made me ask myself, what do I want my reader This book is a great find. It is like doing a creative writing course from the comfort of your own home. It is a book to help you improve your writing skills giving you new ideas of ways to think, see, hear and then write.There are 52 ideas of places to visit, to see a place with fresh eyes, to listen to dialogue in crowded venues, to listen to the peace and tranquility of others. It is challenging and thought provoking. Re-reading some of my work it made me ask myself, what do I want my reader to see, share with me, or what do I want them to anticipate and interpret in their own way. It helped me make my characters more visual and real and simply increased my awareness of what I am writing. I ended up correcting errors in my latest MS that I just had not seen before. One thing I really enjoyed was number 28 Take a Riverside Walk. Armed with my notebook, off I went and I amazed myself by seeing things around me I never took any notice of before. The notes I made I then used in my new book to give my readers a clearer idea of what I wanted them to see. Of course it also made me address the dreaded problem of 'show it' not 'tell it'. It also warned me about cliches and repetition and as I now think about all I have read when I am writing, I feel I have taken my writing to a better level. The book also gives advice on editing your work and submitting too which is all extremely useful. Ruth Young author of Aunty Marmalade and Mrs Poddle and Eric. www.ruthyoung.co.uk

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    If you only buy one book to help you get that story published, this has to be it! Explore new, innovative ways to bring your characters closer to your readers; find your writing rhythm through running, or perhaps curl up with a favourite novel and understand how to analyse pace and structure. This books teaches you how to think - and step - outside the box. How to get into your protagonists head and experience all the senses from your characters' point of view. It invites you to challenge yourself If you only buy one book to help you get that story published, this has to be it! Explore new, innovative ways to bring your characters closer to your readers; find your writing rhythm through running, or perhaps curl up with a favourite novel and understand how to analyse pace and structure. This books teaches you how to think - and step - outside the box. How to get into your protagonists head and experience all the senses from your characters' point of view. It invites you to challenge yourself in fun and diverse ways, opening up a world of creative opportunities otherwise left untapped. This book does not lecture - it merely invites you to go out and have fun with your creative spirit. My writing has taken on a new lease of life as a result of "52 Dates". My only regret is that I didn't know about it sooner! Christine

  7. 5 out of 5

    Icy Sedgwick

    Writing is a curious endeavour, and sometimes you can just tell your writing is missing something. Is it the characterisation? The world building? The plot itself? If you're not sure, a good way to check is to take a step back and revisit your writing from a different perspective. This handy little book helps you to do exactly that. Giving you a different subject for you and your writing, a date with the muse if you will, you can either do a different date every week, giving you a year long cour Writing is a curious endeavour, and sometimes you can just tell your writing is missing something. Is it the characterisation? The world building? The plot itself? If you're not sure, a good way to check is to take a step back and revisit your writing from a different perspective. This handy little book helps you to do exactly that. Giving you a different subject for you and your writing, a date with the muse if you will, you can either do a different date every week, giving you a year long course in exploring your writing and your stories, or you can whip through them at a faster pace. Or just dip in and out as necessary. Claire Wingfield gives you an amazing range of things to do and try, as well as ways to approach your writing that go above and beyond the usual advice dished out in books about writing. I can't recommend this enough.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gareth Foy

    I received this book as part of a mentorship and it has changed my writing. This book will benefit any writer. I've learned on my journey that a writer never stops learning, but one of the exceptional things about 52 Dates, is that it help the writer learn for themselves. This is always a better way for anyone to learn anything. Very well thought out, the dates guide you through experiences that can be used equally by a starting out writer, to stimulate and draw out the passion they will need to s I received this book as part of a mentorship and it has changed my writing. This book will benefit any writer. I've learned on my journey that a writer never stops learning, but one of the exceptional things about 52 Dates, is that it help the writer learn for themselves. This is always a better way for anyone to learn anything. Very well thought out, the dates guide you through experiences that can be used equally by a starting out writer, to stimulate and draw out the passion they will need to stand out; a writer struggling to know what to write, by tickling that writer nerve when you have to think about wonderful things you could be putting on paper; a writer in full flow and getting down the bare bones of their plot, to remind them of colour and feeling they need to bring their work to life; and for a writer who is knees deep in editing, and needs to think about their characters needs and motivations, their surroundings, their emotions and impacts on the world around them, how they look and smell and seem to others, and find ways for each character to play a full role in a readers imagination. Every date will take you to a place of your choosing that will stimulate and inspire you in ways you hadn't thought of. Highly recommended.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nell Cook

    “52 Dates for Writers” is packed with tips to provide a spark to ignite your creativity. The activities are designed to encourage you to emerge for a time from your writing cave, and gain inspiration from playfulness and exploration. Each date encourages you to contemplate the various aspects of your novel. “Spread out with the newspapers” will lead you to pay attention to the timeline of your story, while “Take a different route home” stimulates you to consider alternative plotlines. This writing “52 Dates for Writers” is packed with tips to provide a spark to ignite your creativity. The activities are designed to encourage you to emerge for a time from your writing cave, and gain inspiration from playfulness and exploration. Each date encourages you to contemplate the various aspects of your novel. “Spread out with the newspapers” will lead you to pay attention to the timeline of your story, while “Take a different route home” stimulates you to consider alternative plotlines. This writing guide is fun and practical and is suitable for new and experienced writers seeking a fresh perspective on their narrative. Produced in quality materials for the cover and pages means that this book can withstand the demands of being carried around in a bag and retrieved whenever you have a spare moment to seek inspiration. 

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rob Connors

    When in the throws of writing, churning out thousands of words, sometimes it is helpful to pause for a moment and to look up. '52 Dates for Writers' is a book filled with ideas and exercises to help writers improve characterisation, story themes and to encourage the writer to write more evocatively. The exercises will provoke questions about choices in our writing. Each exercise cleverly incorporates a different theme. The exercise ‘Run’ for example focuses on pace & rhythm and cleverly links the When in the throws of writing, churning out thousands of words, sometimes it is helpful to pause for a moment and to look up. '52 Dates for Writers' is a book filled with ideas and exercises to help writers improve characterisation, story themes and to encourage the writer to write more evocatively. The exercises will provoke questions about choices in our writing. Each exercise cleverly incorporates a different theme. The exercise ‘Run’ for example focuses on pace & rhythm and cleverly links the activity back to writing. Some exercises will already be part of the writer's armoury, but other exercises like ‘Attend a Celebrity Appearance’ will ask us to push boundaries. I look forward to exploring these exercises in 2018.

  11. 4 out of 5

    G.A. Charnock

    This fantastic little book took me by surprise with how much innovative wisdom and practical advice was crammed into its perfectly compact size! A thoroughly comprehensive literary ‘friend’ packed with invaluable nuggets devoted to prompting creation, motivation and inspiration. I honestly couldn’t recommend another book more for hints and tips on honing and developing your writing skills - for both established authors and those new to the craft. An absolute must-have for any writer’s bookshelf!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Paula Andrews

    A fresh approach to inspiring and improving your writing through activities that can be tackled at home or out and about. Each 'date' helps you to analyse, refresh and/or rework your writing/writing life to make it more effective. Also included are a helpful intro, a section on editing and some examples of how the dates can inform your writing/plot decisions. This book is for keeps and I'll dip into it time and time again! A fresh approach to inspiring and improving your writing through activities that can be tackled at home or out and about. Each 'date' helps you to analyse, refresh and/or rework your writing/writing life to make it more effective. Also included are a helpful intro, a section on editing and some examples of how the dates can inform your writing/plot decisions. This book is for keeps and I'll dip into it time and time again!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia Thompson

    Claire Wingfield’s ’52 Dates for Writers’ is a very necessary little book. The possibilities it presents within its pages, to turn mediocre writing into something marvelous can only render it a ’must-have.’ Thanks Claire, Alex Silver

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Robison

    Fun practical ideas to spur on your writing. Helps one to think out of the box. Way out! Can't wait to try some of these. Our Writier's Group will implement some ideas in the coming New Year. Fun practical ideas to spur on your writing. Helps one to think out of the box. Way out! Can't wait to try some of these. Our Writier's Group will implement some ideas in the coming New Year.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Part of the myth of writing is the amount of time spent in front of a screen. Or a notebook. Or however you do it. Time away from tapping away on that keyboard is time wasted, we think, and sit and try to get something, anything, down on the page. But of course, it doesn't really work like that. Interviews with well known writers see them discussing the habits that take them away from actually getting something down - running, walking the dog, baking and so on. Perhaps for those of us writing bet Part of the myth of writing is the amount of time spent in front of a screen. Or a notebook. Or however you do it. Time away from tapping away on that keyboard is time wasted, we think, and sit and try to get something, anything, down on the page. But of course, it doesn't really work like that. Interviews with well known writers see them discussing the habits that take them away from actually getting something down - running, walking the dog, baking and so on. Perhaps for those of us writing between working, commuting, looking after the family and so on, doing anything other than sitting at your desk seems like a luxury - or a procrastination technique. It doesn't have to be this way. Claire Wingfield's book 52 Dates for Writers gives you 52 chances to do something that will help develop your writing, explore your characters, find a setting, and generally have a bit of fun with your writing, as well as getting you up and about - literally or figuratively. Divided into 12 chapters, each covering aspects such as mastering point of view, problem-solving, and timelines, the suggestions ask you to go out and do something different that can then be applied to your writing - a work in progress or maybe something new. While you may not think these themes are new - and you'd be right - the get up and go aspect renders them fresh. Examples of activities include: ride a tandem, go geocaching, take tour of your hometown, and go house hunting. Each subject suggests ways in which you can use the new experience, and how you can shape your thinking or try out a new idea on your WiP. I take any ideas and assistance I can get and the ideas here were fun and thought provoking. So here's my tip - get up off your bum and get writing!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kamsin Kaneko

    52 dates for writers will give you fresh ideas to help a novel or short story in need of inspiration. Each date is designed to get you out of the house to hone your observational skills or give you a new perspective on some aspect of your story. Once you return from your date then there are suggestions of ways to incorporate new ideas into you book. Some dates might help you write a new scene, or encourage you to rewrite your story from different perspectives to help you get to know both your st 52 dates for writers will give you fresh ideas to help a novel or short story in need of inspiration. Each date is designed to get you out of the house to hone your observational skills or give you a new perspective on some aspect of your story. Once you return from your date then there are suggestions of ways to incorporate new ideas into you book. Some dates might help you write a new scene, or encourage you to rewrite your story from different perspectives to help you get to know both your story and your characters. The genius of this apparently simple book is that it gives you the perfect excuse to leave your desk and have some fun, whilst still feeling like you're being productive and working on your book. And of course, the chance to more closely observe the real world can only be beneficial to making the fictional world of the story you are writing come to life. The book also contains some useful tips for editing and maintaining a writing habit. Of course, not every idea will be useful for whatever you are working on, but there are so many great ideas that you can keep coming back whenever you're feeling stuck on how to proceed in your writing. And one final point, although most of the writing exercises are aimed at someone with a manuscript in progress and at fiction writers, you could just as much easily use the dates to spark a new project or to work on a non-fiction piece. A longer version of this review is available on my blog: https://kamsinkaneko.com/2016/09/27/w...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nick Bydwyn

    While it may seem like common sense to suggest that someone should "take a break" if they're having problems with their writing, trying to get off the imaginary treadmill is sometimes harder than it seems. '52 Dates for Writers' offers fun ways to remove yourself from the process in order to free your mind. While suggestions like "Take a different route home" may seem simple, Claire provides engaging encouragement on how we can take notice of the people and surroundings in order to use those expe While it may seem like common sense to suggest that someone should "take a break" if they're having problems with their writing, trying to get off the imaginary treadmill is sometimes harder than it seems. '52 Dates for Writers' offers fun ways to remove yourself from the process in order to free your mind. While suggestions like "Take a different route home" may seem simple, Claire provides engaging encouragement on how we can take notice of the people and surroundings in order to use those experiences to create mini-adventures. The proposals laid out in each chapter are designed to help with recapturing a sense of space and to refuel our inspiration. Having been on many of these 'dates' I can attest to the effectiveness of the activities in re-energising my own writing. When bogged down in manuscripts and editing sometimes we just need a push to help recover some perspective, this book acts as an excellent reference to do just that. Nick Bydwyn, author, 'London Stone'

  18. 5 out of 5

    Julie D'Amour

    52 Dates for Writers is inspirational in well… inspiring writers. Claire Wingfield has created fifty-two playful and thought provoking exercises to assist with plotting, planning, developing characters, scene setting, sense exploration and creating fresh new worlds. Each date is designed to help the writer expand their writing, their creativity and quite possibly themselves. This book isn't prescriptive or a how to guide, it’s much more fluid, much more evocative than that. Claire Wingfield allow 52 Dates for Writers is inspirational in well… inspiring writers. Claire Wingfield has created fifty-two playful and thought provoking exercises to assist with plotting, planning, developing characters, scene setting, sense exploration and creating fresh new worlds. Each date is designed to help the writer expand their writing, their creativity and quite possibly themselves. This book isn't prescriptive or a how to guide, it’s much more fluid, much more evocative than that. Claire Wingfield allows the writer to find their own voice so that they can have the condfidence to tell their story in their own unique way. The magic of this book is that it turns writers into storytellers. These dates helped me not only develop my writing and my creativity but also helped me become more precise and focused on the details. Most importantly I had FUN whilst doing it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sam Rawlings

    I’ve really enjoyed following 52 Dates for Writers. It has been hugely helpful in developing my latest writing project and provided me with so much inspiration that I am already looking forward to undertaking the next one. The 52 dates are a lot of fun and Claire’s guidance not only reminded me of how I was neglecting certain elements but also introduced me to many new ideas as well. I would highly recommended this book to anyone on the lookout for guidance. I will certainly be keeping my copy c I’ve really enjoyed following 52 Dates for Writers. It has been hugely helpful in developing my latest writing project and provided me with so much inspiration that I am already looking forward to undertaking the next one. The 52 dates are a lot of fun and Claire’s guidance not only reminded me of how I was neglecting certain elements but also introduced me to many new ideas as well. I would highly recommended this book to anyone on the lookout for guidance. I will certainly be keeping my copy close to hand!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Rathband

    This book offers 52 practical activities to inspire and nurture any writer. I can only ponder (wistfully) on the time and effort I might have spared myself, had I known about this little gem before embarking on my first novel. To avoid the tortuous path of trial and error, I would recommend this book to any aspiring writer. Claire delivers a wealth of information on the writer's craft in an accessible, fun and engaging way. The section on editing, at the end of the book, is a gift. Ruth Rathband - This book offers 52 practical activities to inspire and nurture any writer. I can only ponder (wistfully) on the time and effort I might have spared myself, had I known about this little gem before embarking on my first novel. To avoid the tortuous path of trial and error, I would recommend this book to any aspiring writer. Claire delivers a wealth of information on the writer's craft in an accessible, fun and engaging way. The section on editing, at the end of the book, is a gift. Ruth Rathband - Writer

  21. 4 out of 5

    Liz Deakin

    This guide is great for those with an interest in writing. The book comprises of a number of exercises designed to help motivate and hone your writing skills. These exercises are fun, help with creativity and some took me right out of my comfort zone, pushing me to depths I'd previously been avoiding thus helping me to become more confident with my writing. I would thoroughly recommend to anyone who likes writing and would like to develop more depth and confidence. This guide is great for those with an interest in writing. The book comprises of a number of exercises designed to help motivate and hone your writing skills. These exercises are fun, help with creativity and some took me right out of my comfort zone, pushing me to depths I'd previously been avoiding thus helping me to become more confident with my writing. I would thoroughly recommend to anyone who likes writing and would like to develop more depth and confidence.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    This book is a gem as it improves your craft drastically. Basically it says what it says on the tin. It is full of experiments and so it is a fun way to learn. It has left a permanent smile on my face. It is simply brilliant for aspiring and experienced writers especially if you are editing a novel.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kieran Mcloughlin

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Frattaroli

    I have to admit that I'm a fan of books for writers that help you gain a different perspective, set writing prompts, and/or generally trigger some kind of creative spark, and 52 Dates For Writers by Claire Wingfield achieves all three of these things in an innovative and interesting format. The premise is pretty much what it says on the tin - 52 activities designed to get writers away from their desks and provide inspiration by trying new things, so that they return to their own writing with 'ne I have to admit that I'm a fan of books for writers that help you gain a different perspective, set writing prompts, and/or generally trigger some kind of creative spark, and 52 Dates For Writers by Claire Wingfield achieves all three of these things in an innovative and interesting format. The premise is pretty much what it says on the tin - 52 activities designed to get writers away from their desks and provide inspiration by trying new things, so that they return to their own writing with 'new insight, fresh material, and stronger writing skills'. Examples include recognisable suggestions such as to 'Go People Watching', to 'Follow Every Impulse You Have', with lots to keep you busy in between – e.g. 'Assume An Alias', 'Find Your Way Out Of A Maze or Labyrinth', or, one of my own favourite things to do, 'Go Book Browsing', to name just a few. There is also a useful section at the back of the book on editing. This is a perfect book to dip in and out of when you are experiencing a writing lull, or simply as a great way to try new experiences and connect with them from a writer's perspective.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Laura Hewson

  26. 5 out of 5

    Moira McPartlin

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jacci Tyes

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jes Parkin

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ewa Wiąckowska

  30. 5 out of 5

    Eve KC

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