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As a published writer, I wondered who the audience for this book actually was. The word Groovy died out over 30 years ago and sounds a little too cute, as if the author were trying hard to encourage teenagers in the worst way. To make matters worse she tells us in her note to the reader that we are awesome. Gag me! I tried to put that out of my mind as I read through the text. There are many references to Franz Kafka. Are writers with writer's block not going to be intimidated but such genius, a man with insomnia who wrote for hours every night? The list of Leonardo da Vinci's concepts of knowledge is mysteriously similar to Michael Gelb's book: How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci. Quotes from other well-known intellectuals are sprinkled throughout the text but the book has no bibliography, so one questions the author's knowledge of academic writing.
Nevertheless, there are some techniques in the book worthy of a second look, but there is, as the saying goes, nothing new under the sun. Many of the ideas have been around for a long time, but perhaps not all in one convenient place as they are in this text. If you sift through the endless blasts of unnecessary verbiage, you should take a highlighter and highlight the actual helpful tips and forget the visual attack of useless speech-making and pep talks. Chapter 15 on endings was especially useful and contained tips and ideas writers of any ability can and should apply.
All in all this is the type of book one should flip through a few times, find a few interesting ideas to try, and then move on.
I really enjoyed this novel- it felt like the author was having a conversation with me- that than telling me- if that makes sense- I found it very easy to follow, and again a real enjoyable read- and ideal for authors looking to improve their writing craft- or aspiring authors.
okay- here goes- this book is full of advice, tips, and personal quotes ie (one of the authors favourite writers) its nice because all these little things make the novel more personal. my review is 5*s, its the sort of book you need to read once- then re-read to make notes-
the author tackles writers block- we are told this is perfectly normal, and then goes on to tell us little tips on how it can be prevented, there are some fun activities to do- to imagine- very cleaver.
the author touches upon visualization techniques, (which again is a must for authors) we have to picture characters, settings, really get inside a characters head before we can begin to write.
The dreaded first drafts. The writer shares tit-bits of what she learnt whilst she was set in Oxford university on her creative writing course. The author gives us some fun tasks to try that will help with the dreaded first draft- I like how the author constantly gives the reader support- writers do hit stumbling blocks, and I guess its nice from one author to another to say its perfectly normal- keep going- the author doesn't say it is going to be a walk in the park- we're told its not easy, ideas aren't just going to fall from the sky- we have to dig deep- keep writing- we control our own creativity-
imagining a characters past- oh that's interesting- the whys, the wherefores, what makes characters tick, predictability is touched upon also.. the big question why...
gosh I've made so many bullet points about this book, but I don't want to give too much away- what I liked about this book - I love the way the author speaks to the readers- she has hit the audience perfectly, there is just enough information for each point- the author goes on to say how important it is to hook the reader-
to be honest- I don't read these types of books- so this was a lovely change for me- i thought it would be more- telling us what to do- but wow how wrong was I- the book is full of invaluable techniques for writers- whatever stage of their writing career - the author tells you how it is- no messing- straight to the point- a defo must read :D
How many of us readers have never thought about becoming writers? Confess, you thought about it at least once but you always found excuses not to take pen and paper and begin.
If it’s so this is the groovy cool book you were waiting for! Not only it is amazingly written and flowing like a novel, it is also extremely useful. Among its pages you will find motivation, practical tips and suggestions from a writer who truly knows the craft.
Short chapters with a technique each allow you to use this book as a toolbox. Once you now the whole content, you can pick what you need at any time.
Groovy Cool Writing Techniques has just the perfect length: it captures you from the first page and it leaves you with energy enough to grab pen and paper and begin writing (believe me, by the end you will be eager to start).
Cinta is straight to the point, she doesn't sugar the pill but make sure you have the necessary tools to overcome the fears at the foundations of writer's block.
Chapter 5, 9 and 10 are my favourites I tried the techniques and work wonders. But you will have to buy the book to know what they are about!
Why should you read it? It works. And here is the proof: while reading this incredible book I came up with an idea that can expand the world of my work in progress novel in such a way that I can probably write about that world for a life time.
So, why are you still here reading my review? Go! Buy this groovy cool book and write!
I wrote the Foreword to this delicious book, and so you’ll read some of these thoughts, and a much more thorough accounting of the book there (I hope), so I will try to keep things briefer here. I did not go into writing a Foreword for this (then) unpublished book on writing without trepidation. Ms. Garcia de la Rosa herself is an outstanding writer, yet doing and teaching do not always equate. I was a bit nervous that a book on writing might not be commensurate with her brilliant prose.
But it was! I myself, as a writer, do not believe writer’s block as anything more than a symptom of a real problem (stress, health issues, money problems, death in the family, etc.). But the key is I never thought you could force a “break” unless the root cause was controlled. Cinta’s book proves otherwise. She gives even me hope that to bust through the brick wall that is the blank page is not only doable, it can be fun!
If you are a writer, you need this book. Period. It should be amongst your few, most important books, near your computer (or whatever instrument you use to write your work). It is a gem. Period.
The rest I will leave for you to read from me in the Foreword, because my feelings have not changed on what a wonderful book this is for the craft. But let me say for the record that it was an HONOR to be asked to write it, and that should tell you something about the nature of this book and its invaluableness to the writer!
Cinta Garcia de la Rosa has obviously thought it through, and taken the time to set her ideas down in conversational, accessible form. Her new book, "Groovy Cool Writing Techniques" is a lot like sitting down with a favorite writing friend and talking about writing. Cinta's cheerful narrative acknowledges the bugaboos that plague us all, from self-doubt to lack of ideas to just not knowing how to begin or end. Then she happily shares fun exercises, examples and encouragement to get the ideas and ink flowing.
Along the way, Cinta peppers her narrative with anecdotes from her own and others' writing experience, and wonderful gems like "That'swhy the job of writer is so difficult: it requires pushing a tornado through a keyhole without reducing it to a mere breeze."
“Pushing a tornado through a keyhole" -- Love it. So true, and so hard, but Cinta's book offers some great clues as to how it's done.
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