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- Print Length: 232 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1539302555
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 15, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0714BS3M3
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,397 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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That's what this book is. It's a rambling, repetitive explanation of how to write books quickly, usually with voice-recognition software.
It's clear that the author dictated this (he even says so, several times) and left it "as-is," when he published it. So, this book IS its own proof-of-concept. I respect that.
But, this book desperately needs editing. It's far too long, and -- in a way -- I feel as if the author doesn't respect the readers' time.
Despite that, I'm giving this book three stars, and I considered giving it four stars. If you have the patience to wade through page after page of verbose text, you'll uncover tremendous insights about the writing process, especially about writing quickly.
I'd love it if this author published another edition of this book with all the fluff and repetition trimmed out of it. I'd pay two or three times as much for that book, just to save the time I'm spending on this raw version. (I'm only about 1/3 of the way through it, so far, and kind of dreading continuing. But, when he offers a writing tip, it's such a gem, it's worth the time & trouble it takes, to find it. Maybe.)
In general, I learned some useful tips if I ever write another book with Dragon (or similar speech-recognition software).
I also saw how much editing is necessary to trim down a wordy, rambling, dictated book. In fact, trudging through this book, I saw exactly what had been wrong with some of the books I'd dictated: A thorough edit would trim away about 3/4 of the content, because it's just too wordy.
So, I recommend this book to any experienced author with time on his (or her) hands, to uncover the gems in this book.
And, by the time you're even halfway through it, you may realize that you don't really want to write 20k words per day, after all. Not when they read like this book does.
He writes 20K words a day, and shares his system(s) so others can do the same.
One common theme is his awareness that people are not cookie cutter robots - different techniques will work to different levels of effectiveness for different people.
He discusses different ways to organize the writing process, the importance of developing unique rituals, several options for outlining and mind-mapping, multiple techniques for making writing efficient and comfortable, and the thought processes behind each so the unique writer can pick and choose the best routes for him or her to use.
The book read a little different from other things of his I've read, and I realized it was because his writing illustrated the various techniques and options he was discussing. I thought that was pretty cool.
He is very successful at what he does, and is not stingy or pompous in his advice. Rather than being intimidated, I felt like I had gone through a useful class I actually enjoyed.
This was a supportive and completely practical, doable work. It was well worth the time it took reading.
Top international reviews
Do be prepared to put in the time and effort necessary to improve. You're not going to become a world-class sprinter overnight, and no-one can do it for you! But by arming yourself with the information contained in this book and having the willpower to take action on it, I hope you will soon start to see the remarkable improvements in your writing that I am experiencing.
The author is very motivating and give without counting, and this worth to take time to read it. Thanks for this surprising book!