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Unfortunately this book hamstrings it by limiting its usefulness. I will go back to using my standard translation and coming up with my own intuitive insights. Morrell's book comes with a set of I Ching playing cards which makes it easy to get your message for the day, the week, or whatever.
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To cast the I Ching, you throw three pennies six times to arrive at one of 64 hexagrams. For each hexagram, Sloane offers an essay with writing advice, suggested writing exercises, and a prediction of how your writing will proceed. You need to read the instructions for finding the right hexagram carefully; if you don't, you might become confused as a previous reviewer was. This is a fun way to introduce serendipity into your writing. Sloane's advice is both practical and inspiring. You might find the selected essay either inapplicable or downright unpleasant.
But part of the charm of the I Ching experience is in considering how the hexagram might apply, and seeing how you can learn from taking a new perspective.
I loved the writing exercises so much that I assigned the text in a college course for advanced writers. I'm nearer the beginning, so this isn't helping at all. All of this adds to the book, which works just like the I-Ching, but with less emphasis on the truth and more on the fun. This is a fun way to introduce serendipity into your writing. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Record the combination of heads and tails as "broken" or "unbroken" lines, including "floating" lines. Struggling with low self-esteem?
I checked this out from the library but I'll be buying a copy as it's a fun resource for those times when my writing needs an injection of insight. I've got or read probably a dozen books on writer's block. Some are useful, some aren't.
It looked like fun, but there's a few problems with this one. For one thing, it takes a bit of time.
Record the combination of heads and tails as "broken" or "unbroken" lines, including "floating" lines. Assign numeric values to each line 6, 7, 8, or 9 depending on the type of line it is: Match up the upper 3 lines and lower 3 lines to a chart in the back, and where the two sets intersect is the number of the hexagram. Those floating lines aren't accounted for here, so I assume those are treated as unbroken lines.
In addition to this oracular system of advice, the book outlines the five stages of the writing process — brainstorming, planning, generating a first draft, revising the draft, and polishing — and provides a clear introduction to the philosophy of the I Ching. Inspirational quotations, writing prompts, solutions to common writing problems, and a wonderful exploration of the creative process are also included. Paperback , pages.
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