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Bryan Cohen ist Autor, Kreativ- Coach und Schauspieler. Cohen ist der Autor von kreativen Werkzeu-gen (1,000 Creative Writing Prompts: Ideas for Blogs, Scripts, Stories and More), Selbsthilfe (The Post-College Guide to Happiness), Fiktion (Ted Saves the World) und tausenden von Blogbeiträgen im gesamten Internet. Er hat über 30 Bücher veröffentlicht und mehr als 20.000 Exemplare verkauft. Seine Webseite,, hilft monatlich über 25.000 Menschen, deren Schreibblockkaden zu bekämpfen. Im September wirkte Cohen bei einer Episode für die nationale Show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" (das deutsche "Wer wird Millionär") mit. Er lebt mit seiner Frau in Chicago.

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Bryan Cohen writes about writing, comedy and embarrassing anecdotes from his life. He is also an actor, director and producer who enjoys dabbling in both theatre and film in Chicago, Illinois. Bryan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005 with degrees in English and Dramatic Art with a minor in Creative Writing. He has written or co-written the plays Chekhov Kegstand, Covenant Coffee, Something from Nothing, Kerpow! and The Morning After. He has written the books 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts, 500 Writing Prompts for Kids, and Writer on the Side.

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Very motivational 20. April 2011
Von Amy C. - Veröffentlicht auf
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Bryan's writing is so relatable. He is not afraid to tackle very big issues for so many of us a very effortless way with lots of humor. A lot of the book deals with common limitations we set up for ourselves out of fear and the many crutches we use to get us through the day. I really appreciate a good writer like Bryan Cohen who is able to make me laugh while questioning my daily habbits and routines. Reading this book helped me figure out a little more about what beliefs are mine and which ones are just culturally imposed (things like drinking coffee every day, eating meat and drinking). This book reassured me that I should keep questioning my habits to become a better, more well rounded person. I really loved how Bryan described his experiences breaking some of these habbits so you were able to see exactly what he went through. This paves the way to try the experiment for yourself. This is a must read for anyone young or old, who wants to challenge their thinking patterns in a very fun way.
I loved it! 16. März 2014
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This is a great little e-book. In the beginning, the author points out that we are all taught to suppress our feelings as children, whether from peer pressure or our parents` efforts not to make a scene in public. And this suppression is our first and greatest creativity-killer. Here's a quote: "Really embracing your emotions can be a gift for the greater good if you are a writer. By letting yourself get in touch you can more easily understand the characters you write and the audience you write for. Nothing brings readership like an emotion that people can relate to. And if you are able to convey your feelings, I guarantee you that some of your potential readers will feel the same way."

I love the way the author emphasizes that anyone with a will to write can learn, that creativity is a skill to be learned, practiced, fostered. But, he says, there are sacrifices to be made. "All great writers have made sacrifices. If you have material you can draw from ... even risqué material ... one of your sacrifices will have to be your self-consciousness." Wow. He sure said a mouthful.

He addresses fear of failure, not knowing what to write, overcoming inertia, creating a feeling of urgency. He says "... the only thing worse than fear, is regret." Most impressive to me is that most of the issues he addresses are my personal issues. If these issues are both his and mine, they must be commonplace in the writing arena. Who knows, maybe J.K. Rowling had them. Maybe she still does!

And this isn't just about writing; it's about taking control of your life. He recommends taking a step back from your life -- he calls that hitting the pause button -- assessing what you don't like and making plans, solid, concrete plans, not airy fairy stuff, for making up the deficits. Reading this is like listening to a life coach or a personal mentor. He goes so far as to think of your life purpose and encourages you to make it larger than life, or in his words, grandiose. He says "... only you can choose the direction and progression of your own life."

I recommend this to everyone with aspirations not yet realized.
Tremendous Creative Motivation 11. März 2011
Von Ashley Gainer - Veröffentlicht auf
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If you aren't looking for a friend to guide you through building your creative capacity, don't read Sharpening the Pencil. Part personal development, part attitude adjustment, part writing lifestyle how-to, Cohen's latest volume reads like a refreshing chat with an old friend. While geared toward writers, the compilation of some of Cohen's online articles and new material provides the right motivational kick in the pants for the creator/artist of any craft. This author really knows what he's talked about, because he's been there. He shares not only his successes and failures in this book, but the impetus behind the efforts. You'll alternately laugh at his zany stories, scratch your head at his occasional oddness, and find yourself remembering a similar story from your own past. He is intentionally accessible and supportive while motivating you, offering an encouraging shove to a better life. Loaded with insight, full of useful, practical ideas, and friendlier than any other personal development expert I've come across, this book is worth reading, highlighting, and bookmarking - and taken seriously.
A writer's comfort blanket.. 22. Februar 2011
Von Amy - Veröffentlicht auf
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Sharpening the Pencil by Bryan Cohen is an accessible and encouraging writing tool, no matter what stage in the writing process in which you find yourself. I was a somewhat discouraged playwright, but this gem made me sit up and think "Why am I giving negative thoughts more power than positive ones?" Just having STP beside me at my desk made me feel more secure in the project that I was undertaking. I'd write a little, run into a road block, and then consult this creative compass to find a way around that road block, and then continue writing on my merry way. It's not just about bringing out the writer inside us, it's about bringing out the most well-rounded, healthiest, happiest PERSON inside us. It's about reconciling our rational brains with our creative brains. STP seems to stem from a new philosophy that misery DOESN'T lead to good art, but that the more joyful you are, the better artist you are. I have the feeling that Sharpening the Pencil is going to be a permanent roommate to my computer in my briefcase, and that I will be a consistent visitor to both inhabitants.
Getting Sharper Already 10. April 2011
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Sharpening the pencil was a great read, full of practical and inventive ways to kick start your goals. The personal examples the author used really helped me relate to the ideas and feel like they were steps I could actually take to motivate myself. It is also very easy to understand all of the concepts in the book as they are explained in a simple but comprehensive way. The best part, however, is that I feel more empowered to enact changes in my life and with the examples to refer to, I'm excited to explore these new motivational techniques.
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