[ PDF ] ✩ The Writer's Portable Therapist: 25 Sessions to a Creativity Cure Author Rachel Ballon – Varanus.us

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[ PDF ] ✩ The Writer's Portable Therapist: 25 Sessions to a Creativity Cure Author Rachel Ballon – Varanus.us
  • Paperback
  • 285 pages
  • The Writer's Portable Therapist: 25 Sessions to a Creativity Cure
  • Rachel Ballon
  • English
  • 12 July 2019
  • 9781593375447

    10 thoughts on “[ PDF ] ✩ The Writer's Portable Therapist: 25 Sessions to a Creativity Cure Author Rachel Ballon – Varanus.us


  1. says:

    Your time is precious don t waste it on this book Ballon s advice, what little of it is actually useful, is no different than any other writing book, and it is filled with such patronizing cheerleading it made me sick Ballon, as a writing psychotherapist, centers each chapter around a case study, which, due to patient confidentiality, is not really a case study by her own admission, but an amalgam of different clients Because she allows herself creative license in relating these case studies, each one reads like this Doc, I have a writing problem Your problem is that your childhood did X, Y, and Z to you Oh, no It couldn t be that, Doc Not me Well maybe There All better I got tired of her overuse of the phrase, no wonder Dull and formulaic, and Ballon doesn t really get to the root of anything She advocates that one write from the heart without ever really getting into depth about what this entails, preferring to stick to the abstract Emotional writing is the best kind of writing Myself, I prefer concrete writing Writing I can bite into She explains creativity Creativity is the source of all art including poetry, art, drama, music that touches people on a deep emotional level Creativity is also free flowing energy This doesn t tell us anything about creativity, but gives us insipid abstracts that really aren t useful when delving into the creative process The sessions meander the title of each section has very little to do with the problem expounded upon, and toward the middle of the book they become redundant, and all Ballon can hand us is a list of truisms, be realistic, and don t be so attached to your writing you can t edit She loosely tries to connect them with psychological snags, but doesn t really succeed Instead, she s succeeded in creating a narrative about her practice that strokes her own ego, which in her epilogue, she tells the reader she has written from her heart I find Ballon predatory She promises big things, the fulfillment of all your writing dreams, and doesn t give the reader any real new tools to work toward realistic goals Read Natalie Goldberg instead.


  2. says:

    Okay, so I have had this overly busy, stressful thing going on for the past couple weeks and I bought this book a few months ago when I was going through the same thing and I wanted to write so bad but just could get the words out and this book it really is portable conveniantly small , in one of its sections I have nothing to say it has really helped me to move past it a bit and actually CONSIDER that I DO have something to say This isn t one that you read straight through you just read the sections that are applicable It really is a little bit of therapy when you re in a writing block.


  3. says:

    I found this book through Total Boox, which has an extensive collection of books for authors At the time, just a few months ago, I was feeling totally blocked with my writing I had several novels on hold Never mind the short stories and story ideas Multiple works ranging from 12,000 to 80,000 words sitting idle I was bogged down in ghostwriting a memoir novel for a paying client, and I had committed to co editing a book on cutting edge digital publishing projects for a prestigious publisher Also, there were the blogging commitmentsWhen I was in college, I went to counselors for help with my chronic depression They didn t help they didn t understand me or my issues but they were nice people As I grew up and learned how to take the punches of life on the chin, I decided that the time commitment for counseling was not worth it Why spend hours chatting with some nice person who has nothing better to do than listen to my blather, when I have books to write Fast forward to today If you are a writer or think you might be a writer, then this is the book for you It helped me go from blocked to productive I writer thousands of words per day, now, and my projects are moving forward I did all the exercises in the book, and I see I have a long way to go, but at least the logjam of being blocked is broken I am writing If you are blocked, then this is or this may be the book you need to read But don t just read it Do it.


  4. says:

    Okay, so I started out really loving this book It had a good premise and I really liked the originality of it I ve never heard of a psychotherapist who specializes with writers, so I think Rachel Ballon is a one of a kind aid However there were several things that made me question her approach I feel that the writing sessions did help me immensely with getting words down The time limit with the Fast Flow Writing method and the lack of a nagging internal editor are my favorite parts of the book It s making you disciplined towards a deadline and not worrying about revising and grammar That s a tool I have had a hard time practicing when writing a book She also addresses common and not so common problems writers have This is were we get into the problem I have with the book In every Session there is somebody with one of these problems and she has it out with them And every time the problem boils down to a troubled childhood I m not kidding In every session in some form the writer s issue developed early in their younger years from parents who just in general were terrible motivators parents They may not have been abusive physically but verbally they were the worst people on the planet This, while not totally untrue, is grossly over exaggerated to the point were it s hard to believe There can t be that many bad parentscan there The worst one for me was the Session about being afraid of success and how this woman s mother discouraged her because she didn t want her daughter to succeed And that is a common thing how Most parents want their child to be successful and even surpass them If anything it makes them look better The book redeems itself at the end, but only because of one of her clients statements about why he was a writer I recommend this book only for the Creative Chronicles and the quotes from brilliant people You can probably skip the stories and the diatribe about why these problems exist.


  5. says:

    It started off alright, but eventually the advice became insulting, and her tone was really aggressive stop making excuses, don t be a fatass, you don t run the world, etc Even the business about Fast Flow Writing rubbed me the wrong way, because this is almost the exact same advice Julia Cameron gave decades ago called Morning Pages Meh.


  6. says:

    I loved Blueprint for Writing but this is just recycled hash.


  7. says:

    Useful I can read bits from this book over and over for quick bursts of inspiration to write.


  8. says:

    a few good nuggets of advice encouragement

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