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How to Enjoy Writing: A Book of Aid and Comfort Paperback – July, 1987

ISBN-13: 978-0802773036 ISBN-10: 0802773036
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 163 pages
  • Publisher: Walker & Co (July 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802773036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802773036
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,005,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Lobo on August 1, 2005
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It is not a writing manual and I do not think it was intended as one. All I can say is that it has always inspired me. If nothing else, the appendix listing Isaac Asimov's choice of the best writers to read and reread may be worth the cost of a used copy. There are not many writers of recent vintage on that list.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carmen on October 6, 2007
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I came across this book on the shelves of a hotel room where I went on a personal writing retreat. The title spoke to me first - how to enjoy writing, not fret, worry, sweat, etc. etc. It was full of camaraderie and inspiration. I learned a lot, and came home and ordered three used copies for myself and friends. My attitude is, every book about writing by a successful writer should have at least a few tidbits. This one has that and more. I'm inspired not only by the Asimov's concrete suggestions -practical and useful - but by their anecdotes, that facing the enjoyment AND anxieties of writing and submittingi (and yes, getting rejections), they write, write, write. Try this book, small risk, possible big gains.
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The Asimovs created this little volume to show those struggling with writing that it is possible to enjoy and love the process even if you are a gregarious social who has trouble listening to the silence. Writing is a solitary occupation and silence is a criteria for letting your mind wander while your fingers operate.
HOW TO ENJOY WRITING covers all the basics from staying fit with good nutrition to feeding your mind while you isolate yourself.
I love this line from p. 50, "Life is a journey, but don't worry, you'll find a parking place at the end." The cartoons by Sidney Harris are both delightful and enlightening. An older volume to read in spurts and digest at your leisure.
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Between the massive amount of writing experience of Isaac and his wife Janet Asimov, this book can't fail to encourage a writer. It's also interesting to people curious about how Isaac worked. I'd recommend this to anyone looking to find a gift to encourage any of their writing friends!
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