Thank you to Sarah Hardy from @BOTBSPublicity for organising this tour and to Morgen Bailey for a copy of this novel in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
Over a thousand sentence starts, three per day, with writing tips at the end of each week to motivate and inspire, providing kick-starts to avoid the dreaded ‘writer’s block’. Useful for any writer at any level, whether they have 10 minutes or 10 hours, to start a new project. Also an ideal tool for writing groups.
With a combination of six first-person, six second-person, six third-person and three non-specific point of view starts per week, there are plenty to choose from. Beginning at ‘Day 1’ this book has been designed to be started at any time of the year, and regardless of whether the sentences are used in order or not. With a choice of three per day a writer can select one, two or all and see where it leads them.
This is a great book and gift for anyone who loves to write and works on so many levels and is suitable for everyone to use.
There is an introduction from Morgen explaining how to use the book. She discusses the different ways of using tense and 1st, 2nd and 3rd person and the effects it has on the piece of writing and the reader. Different days of the week are allocated specific tense and person however the beauty of this book is you can use the structure or not.
The sections inside the book are broken down into days and then weeks. Each day has 3 opening sentences or writing prompts to chose from (I guess you can use them to inspire you as you wish) and then there’s a great little writing tip at the end of each week.
The brilliant thing about this little book is that it suits anyone. An avid or experienced writer can use it to provide additional inspiration or as a writing exercise or to experiment with something new and unusual before using it in a novel or just to expand your creativity by changing genre.
For me, I’ve always wanted to write. I have several ideas for children’s books but I lack the confidence and often motivation to give it a go. Believe me, it took me years to start putting my blog out there and only close friends and my husband are really aware of it now outside the world of social media. I have personally made a note in my schedule to attempt a short story using some of these prompts. I also have never written for adults before so I may try one for children and one for adults. If you have the time, I strongly suggest setting an hour aside each day and following the book through – who knows where it will lead you. What I do know is, it’s going to be somewhere wonderful.
As a teacher I strongly believe a grammar focused curriculum has lead to a decline in encouraging and developing creativity. I completely plan on having free write Friday every fortnight and using a selection of these prompts to providing choice and a starting point for the children to use.
Overall, this book is a brilliant companion of inspiration for writers young and old, new and established and Morgen has done a fabulous job of making this accessible to all.
Author Bio – Morgen Bailey
Her books can be found at Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Morgen-Bailey/e/B007SNIBF8, http://www.amazon.co.uk/Morgen-Bailey/e/B007SNIBF8 etc.),
Smashwords (https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/morgenbailey) and wherever books can be ordered.