"A solid, engaging, practical guide for writers just starting out, and those with more experience. Lots of writing exercises (I've never done one of them, but some people like that kind of thing), and reading lists."
"Personal, engaging, wide-ranging, honest. A great book for reminding you that it's hard work, yes it is, but that it's also one of the most enjoyable, strange and stimulating things you can pursue as a career or 'hobby'."
"Not quite like the others in this list: this book is a series of conversations between the film editor and Walter Murch, and the novelist/poet Michael Ondaatje. A wide-ranging and enlightening conversation about editing, images, story, character, adaptation ..."
"Because you should be reading before and after you write. Because reading is what makes writers. Because although I don't agree with all Prose's analyses or choices about what to include (or exclude), it's a damn fine place to start."