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Creating Character Arcs Workbook: The Writer's Reference to Excep...
by K.M. Weiland

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English

Pages

245

Publication Date

October 02, 2017

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<b>Uncover the Secrets to Creating Characters Readers Will Never Forget</b><br /><br />Award-winning author K.M. Weiland’s previous book, the acclaimed <i>Creating Character Arcs</i>, showed writers how to identify the five most important types of character arcs and use them to bring your own characters to life with stunning and powerful realism.<br /><br />Now it’s time to put those lessons to use! Building upon the principles you’ve already learned, the <i>Creating Character Arcs Workbook</i> presents a guided approach to choosing the right type of character arc for your story, joining plot and character into a cohesive and resonant whole, and choosing stories with life-changing themes.<br /><br />Containing hundreds of incisive questions and imagination-revving exercises, this valuable resource will show you how to:<br /><br />•Write an inspiring Positive Change Arc<br />•Create one of three unforgettable Negative Change Arcs<br />•Take full advantage of a heroic Flat Arc<br />•Align the structure of your character arcs with that of your plot<br />•Revise a story that has no arc<br />•And so much more!<br /><br />This accessible and streamlined workbook will empower you to create resonant character arcs—and an outstanding novel.<br /><br /><b>Start writing your best book today!</b>
A little book that may be of some help to you: How to develop cou...
by Jessica Doyle

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October 13, 2017

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What is it that artists and creative thinkers really need? <br /><br />In the introductory book, <u>A little book that may be of some help to you: How to develop courage as a creative thinker, </u>Jessica Doyle delicately touches on the encouragement needed to bring out the creative energies that are commonly squashed or stifled. <br /><br />Specifically, she reveals how letting go and becoming more independent will connect one to their highest creative potential.<br /><br /><br />Dr. Doyle helps you discover: <br /><br /><br />• How you can create your own personal success for your life, mind, and creative practice. <br /><br />• Why creativity seems so elusive and why your states of awareness are the key to creating.<br /><br />• Why people unnecessarily put off their work and how you can keep it going and “on” the way you want. <br /><br />• How understanding the ethereal nature of creating will transform your mind with unending ideas.<br /><br />• What the missing ingredients are for creating, appreciating, and enjoying a pleasurable career.<br /><br />• And more! <br /><br /><br /> <br />Jessica began her career in the arts in 1995 without conscious knowledge of these understandings of spirit, independence, and self-reliance. Through focused awareness, intuitive listening, and letting go, she has grown to build her company and projects related to art and writing, while earning her PhD in Philosophy, Art Theory, and Aesthetics, maintaining professorship in Art and Art History, and unschooling her four children--all before the young age of 40.<br /><br /><br /><br />Jessica credits this easeful flow based on three accepted facts: <br /><br />1. Silent Wisdom—Stepping back and honoring the quiet in the chaos brings one back to the understanding of everything.<br /><br />2. Creativity is internal and always there—Being creative begins inside. Material illusions step aside when one focuses on their inner world. <br /><br />3. Doing what needs to be done will get you to places you never thought possible. Remaining calm and ending excuses brings about new creative clarity.<br /><br /><br /> <br />Because of these understandings, students of Dr. Doyle experience newfound thought and see their creativity as a gift to move forward.
The War of Art
by Steven Pressfield

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English

Pages

192

Publication Date

November 11, 2011

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Think of The War of Art as tough love... for yourself.<br /><br />Since 2002, The War of Art has inspired people around the world to defeat "Resistance"; to recognize and knock down dream-blocking barriers and to silence the naysayers within us.Resistance kicks everyone's butt, and the desire to defeat it is equally as universal. The War of Art identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success.Though it was written for writers, it has been embraced by business entrepreneurs, actors, dancers, painters, photographers, filmmakers, military service members and thousands of others around the world.<br /><br />"As I closed The War of Art, I felt a surge of positive calm. I now know I can win this war. And if I can win, so can you." - From the foreword by Robert McKee, screenwriting guru"<br /><br />[The War of Art] aims to help readers channel creative energy, unlock potential and overcome the fears that stop us from reaching our fullest potential. With courage, following the right formula and working hard, the book proposes that passion can be turned into purpose." - Ellen Degeneres book pick<br /><br />"Resistance is the voice in the back of our head telling us to back off, be careful, go slow, compromise. . . . [Steve Pressfield is] the godfather of the resistance, the five-star general in the war against fear." - Seth Godin<br /><br />"A vital gem . . . a kick in the ass." - Esquire<br /><br />"I've never read a self help book that wasn't fatuous, obvious and unhelpful. Until The War of Art. It's amazingly cogent and smart on the psychology of creation. If I ever teach a writing course this would be one of the first books I'd assign, along with the letters of Flannery O'Connor." - Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City and Brightness Falls<br /><br />"Yes, The War of Art is hell. But Steven Pressfield is our Clausewitz who shows how you too can battle against The Four Horsemen of The Apologetic: sloth, inertia, rationalization and procrastination. Shakespeare, Rembrandt and Beethoven all are proof of what you can do with talent and General Pressfield." - Frank Deford, author and NPR commentator<br /><br />"A marvelous help for anybody who has ever encountered the resistance of a blank page, an empty canvas or an unyielding musical scale." <br />- Stan Berenstein, co-creator of The Berenstein Bears<br /><br />Steven Pressfield is the author of the novels The Legend of Bagger Vance (made into the movie starring Matt Damon and Will Smith), Gates of Fire, Tides of War, Last of the Amazons, Virtues of War, The Afghan Campaign, Killing Rommel, and The Profession. His nonfiction includes The War of Art, The Warrior Ethos, and the upcoming Turning Pro. His books are included in the curriculum at West Point and the Naval Academy, and are on the Commandant's Reading List for the Marine Corps. <br /><br />In 2012, Pressfield will launch his independent publishing company, BLACK IRISH BOOKS with his longtime editor, agent, publisher, and friend, Shawn Coyne.
Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Product...
by Manoush Zomorodi

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English

Pages

208

Publication Date

September 05, 2017

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<p><b>"<i>Bored and Brilliant</i> shows the fascinating side of boredom. Manoush Zomorodi investigates cutting-edge research as well as compelling (and often funny) real-life examples to demonstrate that boredom is actually a crucial tool for making our lives happier, more productive, and more creative. What’s more, the book is crammed with practical exercises for anyone who wants to reclaim the power of spacing out – deleting the Two Dots app, for instance, or having a photo-free day, or taking a 'fakecation'."</b></p><p> —<b>Gretchen Rubin, author of #1 NYT Bestseller <i>The Happiness Project</i></b></p><p><b>"<i>Bored and Brilliant</i> is full of easy steps to make each day more effective and every life more intentional. Manoush’s mix of personal stories, neuroscience, and data will convince you that boredom is actually a gift."</b><br /><b></b><br /> —<b>Charles Duhigg, author of <i>The Power of Habit </i><i>and Smarter, Faster, Better</i></b></p><p><b>It’s time to move “doing nothing” to the top of your to-do list.</b></p><p>In 2015 Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC’s popular podcast and radio show <i>Note to Self</i>, led tens of thousands of listeners through an experiment to help them unplug from their devices, get bored, jump-start their creativity, and change their lives. <i> Bored and Brilliant</i> builds on that experiment to show us how to rethink our gadget use to live better and smarter in this new digital ecosystem. Manoush explains the connection between boredom and original thinking, exploring how we can harness boredom’s hidden benefits to become our most productive and creative selves without totally abandoning our gadgets in the process. Grounding the book in the neuroscience and cognitive psychology of “mind wandering” what our brains do when we're doing nothing at all—Manoush includes practical steps you can take to ease the nonstop busyness and enhance your ability to dream, wonder, and gain clarity in your work and life. The outcome is mind-blowing. Unplug and read on.</p>
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
by Elizabeth Gilbert

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English

Pages

285

Publication Date

September 22, 2015

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<b>The instant #1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller<br /><br />Named a Hot Fall Read by <i>USA Today, Vanity Fair, Newsday,</i> <i>O Magazine</i>, the <i>Seattle Times, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Mashable, Pop Sugar, </i>and the<i> San Antonio Express-News<br /><br /></i>Named a Best Book of the Year by <i>Brainpickings </i>and<i> Book Riot</i><br /><br />"A must read for anyone hoping to live a creative life... I dare you not to be inspired to be brave, to be free, and to be curious.” —PopSugar<br /><br />From the worldwide bestselling author of <i>Eat Pray Love</i>: the path to the vibrant, fulfilling life you’ve dreamed of</b>.<br />  <br /> Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work,  embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, <i>Big Magi</i>c cracks open a world of wonder and joy.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>
Creating Character Arcs: The Masterful Author's Guide to Uniting ...
by K.M. Weiland

Language

English

Pages

282

Publication Date

November 01, 2016

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<h2>About the Book</h2><br /><p><strong>Powerful Character Arcs Create Powerful Stories</strong></p><br /><p>Have you written a story with an exciting concept and interesting characters—but it just isn’t grabbing the attention of readers or agents? It’s time to look deeper into the story beats that create realistic and compelling character arcs. Internationally published, award-winning novelist K.M. Weiland shares her acclaimed method for achieving memorable and moving character arcs in every book you write.</p><br /><p>By applying the foundation of the Three-Act Story Structure and then delving even deeper into the psychology of realistic and dynamic human change, Weiland offers a beat-by-beat checklist of character arc guidelines that flexes to fit any type of story.</p><br /><p>This comprehensive book will teach you:<br /></p><ul><li>How to determine which arc—positive, negative, or flat—is right for your character.</li><br /><li>Why you should NEVER pit plot against character. Instead, learn how to blend story structure and character development.</li><br /><li>How to recognize and avoid the worst pitfalls of writing novels without character arcs.</li><br /><li>How to hack the secret to using overarching character arcs to create amazing trilogies and series.</li><br /><li>And much more!</li></ul><br /><p>Gaining an understanding of how to write character arcs is a game-changing moment in any author’s pursuit of the craft.</p><br /><p><strong>Bring your characters to unforgettable and realistic life—and take your stories from good to great!</strong></p>
The Artist's Way: 25th Anniversary Edition
by Julia Cameron

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English

Pages

267

Publication Date

March 04, 2002

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<p><b>"Without <i>The Artist's Way</i>, there would have been no <i>Eat, Pray, Love</i>.” —Elizabeth Gilbert</b></p><p><b>The Artist’s Way</b> is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. Still as vital today<b>—</b>or perhaps even more so<b>—</b>than it was when it was first published twenty five years ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work. Julia Cameron reflects upon the impact of <b>The Artist’s Way</b> and shares additional insights into the creative process that she has gained. Updated and expanded, this anniversary edition reframes <b>The Artist’s Way</b> for today's creatives.</p>
Things Are What You Make of Them: Life Advice for Creatives
by Adam J. Kurtz

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English

Pages

144

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<b>Insights and inspiration for anyone who makes art (or anything else)</b><br /><br />From the creative mind and heart of designer Adam J. Kurtz comes this upbeat rallying cry for creators of all stripes. Expanding on a series of popular essays, this handwritten and heartfelt book shares wisdom and empathy from one working artist to others. Perforated tear-and-share pages make it easy to display themost crucial reminders or to pass a bit of advice on to someone who needs it.<br /><br />As wry and cheeky as it is empathic and empowering, this deceptively simple, vibrantly full-color book will be a touchstone for writers, artists, entrepreneurs, and anyone else who wants to be more creative--even when it would be easier to give up and act normal.
The Courage to Be Creative: How to Believe in Yourself, Your Drea...
by Doreen Virtue

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English

Pages

245

Publication Date

June 14, 2016

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<p>You were <i>born</i> creative, because you are the creation of the Creator, as we all are. If you don’t feel that way or your artistic endeavors haven’t worked out, this book can help you. <b>Doreen Virtue</b>, the beloved author of over 100 best-selling books, card decks, and audio/video programs, shows <i>you</i> how to gain more than a dozen forms of courage that lead to creativity – including an unshakable belief in yourself and dedication to seeing your sacred ideas and dreams through to fruition.</p><p>In these pages, Doreen reveals the secrets behind her own incredibly prolific creative output, details what guides her writing process, and offers an unprecedented window onto what it really looks like to be self-employed in the creative arts. In addition, each chapter features useful tips to lead you to discover your natural talents as a writer or artist and in other creative vocations or avocations. Doreen also includes summaries of fascinating psychological studies that showcase how to become a successful and satisfied creative individual.</p><p>Filled with real-world advice, scientific research on creativity, and true stories, <i>The Courage to Be Creative</i> both lays bare the divinely guided path to “birthing” a creative work <i>and</i> charts the earthly path to jump-starting your creative career (including confidently navigating the labyrinth of literary and creative agencies, publishers, marketing outlets, and much more).</p><p>This extraordinary book merges the spiritual with the practical, demonstrating how to courageously harness your innate gifts for purposeful artistic pursuits and lasting fulfillment – creatively, personally, and professionally, as well as financially – and leave your unique mark on the world.</p>
The Magic Mala: A Story That Changes Lives
by Bob Olson

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

April 27, 2017

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<b><i>The Magic Mala</i> (pronounced mah-lah) is the story of</b> Robby Robertson, a down-on-his-luck writer who realizes that he doesn't know as much about life as he once believed. His desperate financial circumstances lead him to open his mind to new ways of living. After finding some mala beads, Robby is taken on a magical journey that teaches him the secrets to personal manifestation and happiness.<br /><br />If you liked <i>The Alchemist</i> by Paulo Coelho, <i>The Way Of The Peaceful Warrior</i> by Dan Millman, or <i>The Celestine Prophecy</i> by James Redfield, you are sure to love Bob Olson's <i>The Magic Mala</i>.<br /><br />An inspiring novel that transforms the lives of its readers, this book will leave you fascinated and educated about the universal laws that govern our lives. It's a story you'll want to read often to remind yourself of its wisdom--primarily, the magic of living a conscious life. More importantly, <i>The Magic Mala</i> will help you recognize the power you've always had but didn't know was there: your inner ability to create the life of your dreams.<br /><br />For more information and a free pdf of the top 5 mantras to use with your mala, visit <b>BobOlson.com</b>.<br /><br /><b>What You Will Learn In This Book</b><br /><b></b><br />+ How to manifest the life of your dreams<br />+ How to communicate with the Universe<br />+ How to recognize the beliefs that limit you<br />+ How to consciously protect your energy<br />+ How to identify spiritual guidance<br />+ How to create magic in your life<br />+ How to increase happiness & abundance<br />+ How to use mala beads for transformation<br /><br /><b>PRAISE FOR <i>THE MAGIC MALA</i></b><br /><b><i></i></b><br />Bob Olson takes us on a magical, heartwarming and spiritually exciting journey, as we follow Robby on a universal quest for happiness that will change him and us forever. A truly life enhancing book that I am honoured and excited to be making into a movie. <b>Ileen Maisel, Producer, Amber Entertainment</b><br /><b></b><br /><i>The Magic Mala</i> is a special book about a couple who learns a life-changing lesson about the power of intention. Synchronistic events, messages from the other side, unexpected encounters with wise teachers, and a path to prosperity using an unlikely tool, will leave you inspired to use what you learn from this story in your own life, too! <b>Cheryl Richardson, New York Times best-selling author of <i>Take Time for Your Life</i></b><br /><b><i></i></b><br /><i>The Magic Mala</i> is a book that caught me completely by surprise! I didn't even know I was searching for the wisdom it imparts, but it immediately spoke to me. I'd say it even woke me up and helped me recalibrate my priorities and energy. The characters are so engaging and relatable--not your typical spiritual guides but all the more genuine for it. <i>The Magic Mala</i> is that rare book that calls me to read it over and over again, each time strengthening my resolve to face and pursue my dreams. In its pleasant and straightforward story lies a powerhouse of uplifting inspiration and authentic ways to find your place in the Universe. It's simply life changing. I'm so thankful <i>The Magic Mala</i> found me! <b>Bessie Gantt, Editor and Writer</b><br /><b></b><br />A magical tale, masterfully told. Good things come to those who know that no one has to wait, and Bob Olson shows us why in this superb, life-changing book. With simple wisdom, impish charm, and down-to-earth appeal, it argues that the life we seek is closer than we think. You'll be convinced once you step through the door this tale reveals. <b>Michael Gerrish, Author</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>Discover what's blocking you</b> from money, success, romance or even fitness. It's not always something you're failing to do. It's often something you're doing that's holding you back. This book will teach you what you don't know, and you'll be surprised how easy it is to quickly turn your life around for the better.

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