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"The Writer Behind the Words," Dara Girard

Pros: Fun to read; both encouraging and practical Cons: Narrow audience Rating: 5 out of 5

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Naughtiness and Creativity

Humour – like romance, like drama, like excitement – needs boundaries. It needs rules, lines, differences, be they social (as in Fawlty Towers), cultural (Borat), gender-based (Tootsie) or moral. As in sex. This, arguably, is a primary purpose of organised

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"Thinkpak, Revised," from Michael Michalko

Pros: A playful, useful toy to help you loosen up and create; portable and quick; self-contained Cons: None Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of 10 Speed Press. Michael Michalko’s “Thinkpak” cards are a handy little adjunct to

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"Thinkertoys, Second Edition," by Michael Michalko

Pros: An incredible range of inspiring exercises with many suggestions and fascinating anecdotes Cons: Occasional confusions Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of 10 Speed Press. Michael Michalko’s “Thinkertoys” is aimed at businesspeople who want to stretch their

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"The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People," by Carol Eikleberry, PhD

This is a wonderful, focused, goal-directed book that should be able to help nearly any confused creative person find a better direction in life. It doesn’t promise to find your dream job in five minutes, but then if it did, it would be lying–its purpose is to help you gradually find a rewarding and satisfying career.

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"Sun Signs for Writers" by Bev Walton-Porter

“Sun Signs for Writers” by Bev Walton-Porter is a fascinating concept. It uses the basic sun signs of astrology to address some of the various personality issues writers face when it comes to such issues as rejection, criticism (giving and receiving), and trying to get published.

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"The Novelist's Notebook," Laurie Henry

If this book has any flaw at all, it is that, for roughly $19 (according to the book cover), you’ll probably only find a couple dozen pages with material that will work for you over and over again, and many of these techniques have been covered in plenty of other books.

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