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Sudden Genius by Andrew Robinson

Robinson studies geniuses and his book is a study of ten geniuses in field ranging from science and film, to music and literature. Because the sweep is so grand, he cannot find similarities. For example, he says there is no … Continue reading

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Writer’s Mentor: Secrets of Success from the World’s Greatest Writers

This book is broken into two major divisions: how to write (characters, scenes and much more) and specific help about what kind of work your are writing– novel, play, screenplay, journalism. The book is inspirational. You realize that your difficulties … Continue reading

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Ivana Chubbick’s Power of the Actor

It is one of the best writing books for a novelist, although it is written entirely for actors. The notion that your main character must want something very badly and then face obstacles is also the advice given to actors. … Continue reading

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Accident Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight and Content

by Mark Levy, BK Publishing, San Francisco, 2010 (Second Edition) This was the book I discovered when I was recovering from surgery. It had been on my shelf for a few months. It claimed that I could get my best ideas … Continue reading

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The Master Book of All Plots

PLOTTO by William Wallace Cook First published in 1928, the book, as corny as it seems, was the source of Alfred Hitchcock’s movies and Earl Stanley Gardner’s (Perry Mason) plot wheels. Both men credit Cook’s book for teaching them how … Continue reading

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