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By  Mark London and Rowdy Rhodes

une into IN reviews for the best of How-To books about writing -- all genres -- from high adventure to haiku, from fact to fiction, cookbooks to commentary and much, much more. Always check IN to see what's in. We only publish the best and our rating scale below is based upon the values of the three Es: Ease-of-Read, Educational, and Entertaining.

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Title: The Complete Writer
Author: Beverly Walton-Porter, Mindy Phillips Lawrence, Pat McGrath Avery and Joyce Faulkner
Publisher: Red Engine Press
ISBN: 0974565261
Reviewer: Mark London
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Review: The Complete Writer is a compilation of writing resource articles from the authors of this book. These four artful how-to write writers have assembled a vast amount of information vital to today's writer.

They provide sound advice in an easy-to-read standalone article format. Whether you write online, in print, publish your own books or have others publish them for you, you do not want to miss adding this book to your library.

This book is a must-have manual on how to write. Period. Some of the subjects covered include freelancing, marketing, writing for business and non-fiction. They even cover areas such as the writer's psyche, how to attain your optimum writing levels, the emotional and inner inspiration and disciplines that professional writers all need to obtain.

Sections covering much of the recognized and required topics such as research, organization, networking and partnerships follow. However, these four women really give you the full details you need to make a career out of writing.

One of the most amusingly presented, yet serious item is "Ten BIG Ways to Annnoy Book Reviewers". If you know of a reviewer you'd really like to tick off, all you have to do is not follow the advice Joyce Faulkner gives in this section. Guaranteed you'll have the reviewer gnashing their teeth before they're finished reading what you sent them.

Reviewer Bio: Mark London is a Toronto based freelance writer and associate editor of IN who has been with the FWO-Int'l from the early years volunteering much of his time in assisting young writers' careers. email Mark:

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Title: The Artists's Way
Author: Julia Cameron
Publisher: Penguin/Putnam
ISBN: 0874776945
Reviewer: Rowdy Rhodes
IN Rating:

Review: The Artists's Way is for writers, poets, actors, painters, musicians and creative people in all walks of life. Julian Cameron, Hollywood film and television writer, director, and producer has written an empowering book for aspiring and working artists.

With the basic principle that creative expression, writing or otherwise, is the natural direction of life, this book leads you through a comprehensive 12-week program to recover your creativity from a variety of blocks -- limiting beliefs, fear, self-sabatage, guilt, addictions, and other inhibiting forces -- and replace them with artistic confidence and productivity.

The Artists's Way links creativity to spirituality, nondenominationally, by showing how to tap into creative energies of the universe, guiding you through a variety of highly effective exercises and activities that spur imagination and capture new ideas.

Even the famous filmmaker Martin Scorsese weighs in on The Artists's Way, "This is a book that addresses a delicate and complex subject. For those who will use it, it is a valuable tool to get in touch with their own creativity."

Ms. Cameron has taught and refined the methods contained in her book for over 25 years and as an award-winning journalist who has written for the Washington Post, The New York Times and Rolling Stone, served as writer-in-residence at Northwestern University (where she applied her creative-unblocking techniques in her screenwriting and fiction writing workshops), she has provided writers with The Artists's Way that resonates in your creative mind with truth, wisdom and inspiration.

Reviewer Bio: Rowdy Rhodes is Site Director of the Freelance Writing Organization - Int'l and General Operations Manager for Inkwell Newswatch. He is also a freelance business, trade and lifestyle writer, author, editor and sometime poet. He can be reached via email at:

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Title: Writing And The Writer
Author: Frank Smith
Publisher: CBS College Publishing
ISBN: 0030588375
Reviewer: Mark London
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Review: This book, a long overdue read for many writers, presents an in-depth look into the interaction of writer and text at every stage of both the development of the writer and of the text. It can only be described as a psychological overview of the writing act and the intellectual and emotional processes involved in writing. Sound boring? Far from it. This is a great read.

This is not a primer, how-to write well book, nor does it include lessons or a step-by-step approach to improve your skills. It does not differentiate between good writing and bad. There are no exercises, prompts, hints, tips or clues on bettering your chops. To quote the author, "My intention with this book was to explore the interaction between the writer and text by making use of it..."

The book concerns actual act of writing -- any type of writing from diaries to screenplays, books to articles, short stories to poetry -- and focuses on what must be achieved in order to become a writer.

It explores the relationship between the writer and what he/she is writing. It deals with the nervous system and the physical activity of writing. It takes into consideration the disciplines of writing such as spelling, grammar, etc., however it particularly concentrates on how the skills underlying all aspects of writing are learned.

Scientific inquiry doesn't come close to explaining the hows and whys of writing and so this book ends of being an investigation into the act of writing. One which leaves the reader with new insights into the psychology of being a writer.

Reviewer Bio: Mark London is a Toronto based freelance writer and associate editor of IN who has been with the FWO-Int'l from the early years volunteering much of his time in assisting young writers' careers. email Mark:

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