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  • File Size: 166 KB
  • Print Length: 23 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: September 23, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009G29HF2
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 16, 2012
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The title capture pretty much everything. First, writing: sitting down and doing it. Not sharpening the pencils, not letting your "research" turn into web-surfing, really sitting and writing for a full work-day each of those ten. A few tips help, like the importance of getting a swath of text in place before polishing each word and sentence. Big things first, the grand flow, then the details and wordsmithing.

Second, the ten days: Ten whole eight-hour workdays, doing nothing else. Send the kids to granny's, switch the cell phone off, and tell your friends you'll be hiking in the Andes. They don't have to be ten days in a row - five solid weekends will work, or whatever you can blast loose from your schedule. As a help, Bates gives a few pointers for using each of those days, like outlining early on. Really, though, the point is to write - as opposed to not writing.

Third, the novel. Well, sort of. It's really about a first draft, which lacks a lot of being a finished product. You'll probably spend a lot more than ten more days reworking, fixing continuity, researching details, editing, buffing, and polishing. But, if you don't have something to rework, you don't have anything. This book is about getting something in front of you. It's a lot easier to improve a flawed draft than to improve a blank sheet and a blank mind.

Although Bates emphasizes writing in this brief booklet, she oddly omits reading. Unless you're already a master of the writing craft, having additional eyes on your work and a receptive attitude about criticism is probably a writer's second most important skill - and probably more terrifying than the writing itself. But, sooner or later, a writer has to have a reader. Better you get friendly critique early on than rejections and bad reviews later.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ReviewMaster on November 11, 2012
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Nothing makes me happier than to find a book that is well-written and delivers on the title promise. The author breaks down the process in a way that is easy to follow, encouraging and motivational. If you have that novel or novella in you that needs to come out, this is a great read! I lean more toward non-fiction, having never written a novel, so I wanted to see what tips she could give me as I try this for the first time. I found the information useful for both types of writing. The book is brief at only 23 pp, but it is to the point and no filler was used and that is appreciated!
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