With my busy life, I think twice before committing to social invitations or new books, but I'm glad I said "Yes" to the chance to spend some virtual visiting time with these two successful, experienced journalists. It felt amazingly face-to-face. In keeping with the title, the book respected my time and didn't drag me through pages of introduction or reheated appetizers from other sources of advice. It went right to the main course, a hearty, satisfying spread of practical information to nourish my freelance writing career.
I liked the conversational approach and the presentation of differing viewpoints, since no two writers work in exactly the same way. Whether or not I will end up adopting the authors' methods to the letter, I will certainly try out these suggestions. And they held up a mirror to my own stumbling blocks. I could relate to so much of what was being said about how writers can slow down their own productivity through inefficient habits. I took away many helpful ideas and approaches but probably the greatest benefit was a sense of empowerment. This book offers permission to feel okay about doing what I want when I want, going with my own creative flow, and finding my own path. I learned that some of the firm discipline I've tried to impose on my free-spirited self has actually been counterproductive.
If you want a quick read that is packed full of solid, honest, down-to-earth tips, based on years of experience in the writing life, I highly recommend "13 Ways to Get the Writing Done Faster" as well worth buying. You won't leave the table hungry.