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Weekly Writes: 52 Weeks of Writing Bliss! the Book by Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ
Weekly Writes began as a spinoff of a wildly popular e-mail course taken by thousands of writers worldwide. Today, it's totally revised and updated, available for the first time in print.
Inside the pages of the book, you'll find 52 weeks...12 solid months...of provocative writing prompts, unparalleled inspiration, and everything you need to create one of the most comprehensive journals of your writing career.
Daily writing prompts combined with vivid written examples by an eclectic group of dedicated writers will make each "assignment" a breeze.
It's designed to help both beginning and seasoned writers (re)discover the joy of writing.
The stuff inside the Weekly Writes book has been Writer-Tested and Proven to Get Any Writer Started -- because before Weekly Writes became a book, it was an e-mail course taken by more than a thousand writers from all over the world. Read what some of the writers who had immersed themselves in the Weekly Writes experience have to say about Weekly Writes by clicking here.
And when you buy the book on Amazon.com, your order comes with free unlimited access to the WeeklyWrites.com Book Exclusive Members Area, where you'll have access to brand new Weekly Writes modules, e-mail courses, free journaling software, exclusive newsletter and more.
The Writing Bliss Experience
In January 2002, I created and offered a free e-mail course for writers. The rationale behind it was simple: Every day for 31 days, writers were invited to write something about the day’s topic. It was a course that did not put any pressure on writers to write brilliantly or perfectly. It was a course that simply invited writers to write for the love of writing. Thirty-one writers participated in the first run of DAILY WRITES: 31 Days of Writing Bliss! In just two years, more than thirty-five hundred writers from over forty countries have already experienced the same writing bliss I feel whenever I sit down to write.
The writers who took Daily Writes wanted more. And so Weekly Writes: 52 Weeks of Writing Bliss! e-mail course was born in August 2002. It is the book you are holding now.
This book is designed to keep you writing for fifty-two consecutive weeks -- one whole year. The writing activities are short and approximately take five to twenty minutes of writing time every day. Selected chapters include examples by writers who have taken the e-mail course version of this book. The examples you will read are rough drafts or first drafts.
My suggestion: It is best to start Weekly Writes on a Monday, and tackle one prompt each day. When you are done with one writing activity, do not proceed to the next one right away. Come back to this book after twenty-four hours and then do the next one. Tackle the writing activities in the book this way and you will be able to develop the habit of writing regularly no matter what mood you are in.
But this is your book. Use it however you prefer -- open it at random, work through it backwards, go through it with a writing partner, or start with my suggestion and go on from there.
Writing is not a "one size fits all" shirt. What works for me would not necessarily work for you. Your writing schedule may not be another writer’s ideal. You are productive early mornings; I, late nights. You can write in spurts, do the chores in between, and turn in a clean copy and beat your editor’s deadline by several hours. I, on the other hand, work best when I write for long hours and do not take breaks. Your way is not better than mine; my way is not better than yours. At the end of the day, we have both created something we can be proud of.
Maintaining a daily writing habit has worked wonders for me. However, writing every day might not be for you. I am able write and finish more quickly if I follow an outline. On the other hand, you might feel stifled by it and simply prefer to let your characters reveal the story in the process. I may write my masterpiece in solitude while you shape yours in a café, among crowds, or right in the center of the city’s gut.
We each have a unique style; a personal writing rhythm; a customized formula. Like I said, writing is not a "one size fits all" shirt. Find your own size, the one you are most comfortable in. Whatever your size is...that is the right size. It is the right way of writing -- because it is your way. You wear it well when you simply write with all your heart. And this book is here to help you get started.
Additionally, a section of this book contains 100 writing prompts and ideas. These prompts were generated by the WriteSparks!™ software I created for writers. Information on how you can download this software is included in this section.
I am also inviting you to visit the book’s companion site, http://weeklywrites.com. I created it exclusively for writers who own a copy of this book. You will have access to new modules, e-mail courses and the JournalWrites™ journaling software created specifically for writers who own a copy of this book.
I hope you experience writing bliss through Weekly Writes. I would love to hear all about it so do e-mail me!
Review by Jenna Glatzer of AbsoluteWrite.com
"This is my kind of author and my kind of book. Stuffed with enticing writing prompts and examples, this book is sure to inspire even the most blocked writers to set pen to paper again. If you're ready to take creative risks, try new genres, and let someone light your imagination on fire, this book is for you." - Jenna Glatzer, AbsoluteWrite.com editor-in-chief and author of the bestselling book, Outwitting Writer's Block and Other Problems of the Pen
Review by Susie Michelle Cortright of Momscape.com
"This is a book for anyone who has ever said they don’t have time to write. Here are weekly instructions and daily prompts designed to be completed in five- to twenty-minute chunks, so committing to the course is easy. And the prompts are ingenious, unique, different, fun! Prepare to have your imagination turned inside out." - Susie Michelle Cortright, author of Soul Snacks and founder of Momscape.com.
Review by Sue Wagstaff of FootprintsStories.com
"[Weekly Writes] is a definite must to anyone who is going to write their story. I have read many books by various authors on the subject of writing, but yours brings it all down to the basics. It is something every writer, whether fledgling or accomplished, should put to use every day of the week. And, once they finish the 52 weeks, they should just start all over again from the beginning.
"Your book is wonderful. It is to writing what stretches are to an athlete before she goes into competition, what the warm up for an orchestra is before they play the concert, or what playing scales is to a pianist before a recital. It is the warm-up session that needs to be followed each day before you write the chapter of your book, the description of a certain event in your life or an article for the newspaper.
"Weekly Writes is how to get your brain to focus on what you are getting ready to do - write. Weekly Writes teaches various ways to write, how to let different voices be heard, how to use your imagination. This is how to get the hand flowing across the paper with a pen or fingers moving on the keyboard of a computer. This not only will help the accomplished writer who is complaining of ‘writer's block’ but the novice who really wants to write, but has no idea how to start.
"When I'm doing a workshop, besides hearing ‘I just don't remember’ as we are trying to recall things from our memories, I also hear ‘I just can't write. I don’t know where or how to begin.’ From now on I'm going to point them to Weekly Writes and tell them this is how to begin." - Sue Wagstaff, workshop instructor and author of FOOTPRINTS - Memories are the Footprints in Our Minds at FootprintsStories.com
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