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Metaphors in Mind: Transformation through Symbolic Modelling

August 11, 2012 No Comments


Lawley and Tompkins set out to analyse, then chronicle the therapeutic approaches and methods of David J. Grove, creator of Clean Language. Clean language is a simple method of having the client amplify the metaphors they often use when describing a traumatic experience. The key to Clean Language is to use the client’s exact words without inference in a structured process that enables the client to self discover the cause of their problem.

Through a process of observing Grove, analysing client transcripts, being clients of Grove’s themselves, and finally binging their own expertise and experience to bear, they have developed a process described as Symbolic Modelling.

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Speaking out of Turn

August 11, 2012 No Comments

This book is an enigma. It has some brilliant content, yet the writing style detracts from an otherwise great primer for first time writers.

The hints and tips are wide ranging (including some I’d not come across before) and very useful. There are also very good examples of how certain concepts come together – for example, “Duplification” (the dual use of a prop or other facet within a story). Add the many buzz lists on topics such as “Types of works”, “sorts of plot” and “Dramatic possibilities” and one has an excellent source for getting started on that “first great novel”.

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Copyright Law for Writers, Editors and Publishers

August 7, 2012 No Comments


When I first opened my package to find “Copyright Law for Writers, Editors and Publishers”, I thought “Oh, no, how am I going to get through this?” However, when Gillian Davies suggested I go straight to the Confetti Records case in Chapter 14 for entertainment, I knew this book was going to be interesting and enjoyable. Enjoyable? I can see the author’s wry smile and others frowning as they try to reconcile “enjoyable” with “Copyright Law”.

With non-fiction books, one of the first things I look for is the author’s intent. My apprehensions were eased with comments such as “Unless you are already an expert do not expect to understand this” and “Allow the warm glow of copyright logic to flow over you”.

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August 2, 2012 No Comments

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