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Jodie Nelson lives in Burnaby, BC, where she writes both fiction and non-fiction. Besides writing, she enjoys art, photography, and cooking.
on Nov. 04, 2013 :
Plagued with bouts of writer’s block, author, Jodie Nelson offers insight into her remedies for overcoming writer’s block based on personal experience and research.
Nelson’s approach is to provide one remedy a day over 15 days. She starts with Free writing or what I know as spontaneous writing. Free writing can be very interesting because you just sit down and start writing on any topic or thought you come up with for one minute. Don’t worry about spelling, grammar or brilliant sentence construction, just write. Nelson suggests creating a file for these writing exercises.
Other chapters focus on self-confidence, fear, your inner critic, procrastination, inspiration, outlining, motivation and more. At the end of each chapter, the author recommends another free writing session for a longer period of time.
In Nelson’s short chapters, she captures the essence of her ideas like how to deal with your inner critic. One good idea in her Inner Critic chapter is to look at what your inner critic is saying. Is your critic being helpful or overly harsh? Look at the helpful comments and get rid of the rest.
Midway through the book, Nelson talks about Flash Fiction. She uses Flash Fiction as a means to get the writer to begin writing a story with all the basic story elements but in an abbreviated form. Flash Fiction is today’s new short story. According to Nelson, Flash Fiction is a story with 1000 words or less. Writing Flash Fiction can be good practice for writing longer stories.
Throughout her book, Nelson offers references to books, software programs, and other websites for further information on various topics she discusses.
I found Nelson’s chapters on Ideas and Quotations helpful. I can alway use more ideas on where to get story ideas and I appreciate pithy quotations like “When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.” -- Lao Tzu.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)