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The Pocket Muse

The very first visual writing-prompt book!
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The Pocket Muse
by Monica Wood
Writer's Digest Books, 2004
ISBN 978-158297-322-7
$12.99 paperback, 224 pages

The Pocket Muse is your key to finding writing inspiration when and where you want it. It includes hundreds of thought-provoking prompts, exercises and illustrations that immediately help you think more creatively as well as master style, revision, and other elements of the craft.

The rich variety of exercises will help you create entire stories or focus on a single aspect of your writing. It will also encourage you to think about how you write in new and surprising ways. It's truly a unique book, both fun and effective. It will teach, cheer, and inspire writers as never before.


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