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The Writer's Book of Wisdom: 101 Rules for Mastering Your Craft Paperback – May 21, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1582974941 ISBN-10: 1582974942

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Steven Goldsberry's novels include Maui the Demigod, Luzon, and Over Hawaii and his poetry has appeared in the New Yorker. With more than 25 years of experience as a writing instructor, he's currently a professor at the University of Hawaii, and speaks at numerous writing conferences, including the Maui Writers Conference.
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books (May 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582974942
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582974941
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,952,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Easy to read style and layout of the book.
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Highly recommended for anyone who wants to exceed all writing expectations.
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This is the best book on this subject I have ever read.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Madeline Westbrook on March 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The title, size and cover immediately spoke to me. I noticed the author to be Steven Taylor Goldsberry, a great teacher I had at a Maui Writer's Retreat in Hawaii. I've read every word, enjoyed every visually interesting page and find it to be full of wonder and inspiration. I will keep it by my computer. I'll buy the book for my college age grandchildren, my writer friends and wannabe writers. I plan to give a copy to each of the members of my writer's group at Rice University. It's a perfect gift book for writers. It's like attending class with Steven Goldsberry, a master teaching the art of writing. Buy this book. I think you'll be very happy you did.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By David on July 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have to apologize to Mr. Goldsberry. Being that I'm in college and poor, I didn't buy his book. However, when I saw it on display at Borders, I sat down and read the whole thing and took notes. It was really good. I highly recommend it, whether or not you can afford it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John C. Dunbar on January 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The exquisite production value of the book itself sometimes detracts from reading the author's advice. This hard-covered book is slightly larger than a paper back and includes delightful modern graphics in muted pastels and expensive quality paper. Sometimes this detracts your attention from Mr. Goldsberry's message. Upon reflection, I'm glad he chose this approach, and this book will remain one of my favorite books on writing fiction (the book also includes some elements of non-fiction).

Perhaps the best comment that I can make is that I could not put the book down. It's easy to read and every third rule (there are 101 Rules) stopped my greedy reading and forced me to reflect on his advice. I would guess about 1/3 of the advice is found in other popular writing books. The remainder was new to me. Perhaps some of the rules were "old rules" recast in a new light.

The advice in this book is very practical and I am sure it will change the way you write, or at least, the way you read fiction.

MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. I've filed this under my Dewey Decimal System of "A+++".

John Dunbar

Sugar Land, TX
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Hunt on July 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
I've perused the shelves of Barnes & Noble many times, absolutely convinced that some day I would find a book that would give the boost I felt that I needed to become a writer. Recently, I found that book. Did it give me the boost I needed? Wow. Did it ever.

The Writer's Book of Wisdom by Steven Taylor Goldsberry put so many things into perspective for me and really helped me see things in a new light. This book is the PERFECT balance of motivational and educational, being that it is split into three sections:

1. Approach: Mainly intended to just get you motivated to start writing.

2. Language: Grammar and use of words/punctuation/etc. This is naturally my least favorite part, but some of it, I realize, I just need to know.

3. Style: I guess this would be the section that discusses finding your "voice" as a writer. This section really helped me realize how ignorant I've been on my quest for my "narrative voice", shining a new light on the entire issue.

So, in conclusion, whether you're just looking for something to get you motivated and inspired, or if you're looking for something technically educational, this book is just what you need.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Reading my way thru life on June 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
101 writing rules are presented in short and straight to the point format. Each 'rule' is 1-2 pages. Fun and useful snippets of information and ideas for each chapter(rules).

The book is interesting and attractive with color and designs and on every page. This is a nice little book to have in your collection. I think it's a great little motivator, or something you'd pick up to get yourself refreshed and ready to go again. There are lots of quotes throughout the book. This features a very wide range of writing topics. Advice like 'Work in an inspiring environment, Resist distractions, Don't overuse negatives, Trust the power of your own voice, Art shows up in rewriting' -and loads more! I liked the appendix which is an evaluation guide that has questions to ask yourself about your work.

"Your manuscript should invite the reader in and constantly reward him for his time." -from Rule #99 on Submit a Professional Manuscript.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Heather Kizewski on July 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
I've read this over and over again. Anyone who lives in a 'writer's world' will be able to relate to this book. From living in a vacuum to believing in your writing even when no one else does - this book will keep you going whether you are writing fiction or non-fiction. A few of my favorite chapters include: Embrace the wisdom of opposing views; Ultimately content matters more than craft; Get used to despair; Fail; Write to be great, not rich, and Trust the muse of revision. Writing is the vehicle of truth is another one that I loved. I recommend this to anyone who is in or is entering the world of serious writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Fern on November 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
June 13, 2008

Dear Mr. Goldsberry,

I believe you owe me $1.45 based on the cost of the sticky `flags' I used to mark, what were for me, the most useful lessons in your Writer's Book of Wisdom.

Here's my system:
Blue-Reread
Green- Great information
Purple- Commit to memory
Pink-Wow, new to me
Orange-Chisel that

Your book now bristles with color as if it were a rainbow porcupine, each quill like a sharp signpost on the road to excellence in the craft.

So while you may owe me $1.45, what I owe you is a whole lot more difficult to calculate. This is the best book on this subject I have ever read. It is easy to reference, clear, concise and best of all, beautifully written. Had I found it sooner I could perhaps have saved myself hundreds of hours and dollars spent on magazines, classes and workshops.

I can only hope that you, as a lover of good writing, will consider it payment enough that I, also a lover of good writing, will be a better writer because of you.

I understand you may be at the Maui Writer's Conference. If I do see you I would like to thank you in person.
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