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I had a lot of fun playing around with PHOTOFUNIA, an online picture editing tool that has just celebrated its eight birthday. It lets you produce imaginative and wish fulfilment images instantly using your own photos. And it’s free.
But it’s September so perhaps the time is write (sorry, couldn’t resist) to think about your need to be creative. Perhaps you have tried to shut down that instinct because you are too busy, you have too many responsibilities, you’re too worried about ‘real’ stuff. Perhaps you don’t think you’re good enough or that even if you produced something half way decent no one would want to read it. I understand and so would most writers because you’re not alone in having doubts that stop you from expressing your story-telling-language-loving-creative side.
I don’t know if everyone has a book in them. Somehow I doubt it. But I do know everyone has stories that should be told and a way of looking at the world and reflecting on experiences that is special to them. I also know that creativity is part of the human condition. As soon as a child walks she dances, as soon as she can hold a crayon she draws and as soon as she has words she wants stories. And pretty soon she is making up her own.
I have to say “wow!” Over the last five years or so, I have bought several books on how to write good short stories and this one has surpassed them all. The exercises to compete were very different from those in other guidance books and, so interesting, that I couldn’t wait to do them. At the same time, I was learning so much ‘new’ information, that I couldn’t wait to get to the end of the information, so I made my own notes, read to the end, and then went back and did the exercises. December 2013
The best ‘how to’ writing book I’ve ever bought – and I’ve bought a few. Down to earth and written in a non-preachy sort of way, her advice is easily digested but with enough zest and sparkle that it doesn’t sound like you’ve heard it all before. Nothing like the dry martini of some other instructionals but more the literary equivalent of a smooth mango daiquiri with lychee twist. Particuarly enjoyed the chapter entitled “THE HORROR! THE HORROR! on writing ghost stories. March 2015
OK, not everyone likes it. One size does not fit all. In the interest of balance here are a few from readers who weren’t so happy.
This might be a useful purchase for absolute beginners at creative writing but for anyone with any experience, it’s insulting. (One Star)
Good book but there is no front cover on the kindle which is annoying. (Three Stars)
if you like creative writing excersizes this is helpful (Three Stars)