- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Thinkable Press (July 26, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0985744014
- ISBN-13: 978-0985744014
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,671,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Agile Writer: Method
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Little could I have thought how different the evening would turn out. Greg has not only written a fantastic (and practical) guide to novel writing, the way the meetings are structured are very organized and I can easily see how it would help any aspiring writer to produce.
Deciding to partake of this unexpected resource in my own town, I did not wait until Saturday to purchase the book at his seminar but went ahead and bought the kindle version. I was so engaging, helpful and practical; I read it straight through in one sitting.
This is no dry technical manual, but a well written useful guide to writng. Seeing how Joseph Campbell's "Hero of a Thousand Faces" was used as one of the resources, had me hooked immediately. Already I am going back on the manuscript I have written and rethought large parts of it by some of the points in this book. Everything from the Odyssey to Star Wars is covered, and the discussion of Star Wars as examples was particularly helpful.
I am throughly looking forward to buying my "hard copy" as well as participating in this Group. I highly recommend to anyone even thinking about writing. This will set you on the right path.
There are many books on writing, and I’ve read a lot of them. They teach you very important things about the craft, and you need to learn all of that if you want to be a good writer. The most important thing in my mind, however, is what Greg Smith’s book teaches. Agile Writer Method proves to you that you can write.
The writer has at least two problems. The first is the craft: learning to write well, having something worth saying. The second is the discipline to sit your butt in a chair and actually write. Agile writer addresses the second problem and gets you to write. What this book will help you with is the motivation, and it will show you that you must take a shot at being a writer. You will be able to able to do the most important part of it, and that is actually getting down to writing.
In all of the writers groups and hang outs I go to, there are always aspiring writers who have ideas, or outlines, or chapters, but few have done the work of actually sitting and typing until their nails need to be trimmed, for hours at a time, days upon days, in order to do a first draft until it’s done. Greg’s book gives you the tools and discipline that make this possible.
About the method itself. This book is based upon your decision to write a book of genre fiction based upon “the hero’s journey,” which we find in literature since ancient times, and in the oldest stories. From Beowulf to Moses, you’ll see the hero’s journey told over and over again, from The Odyssey to Star Wars, we all love a good story that has this hero quest theme. Agile Writer Method breaks up your first draft into sections and paces it properly so it can be an enjoyable compelling book, and so it can be converted to a screenplay and movie if need be.
Imagine the credit: Screenplay by Famous Script Writer, based on a story by YOU.
The entire process is taken in logical steps. First, you start with your story idea and flesh it out into a workable concept that fits the hero’s arc and story line. You choose a genre you like. Then you create an outline in accordance with the eight stages in the hero’s journey. This outline next becomes a more detailed summary, and then you begin your first draft with somewhere to start and somewhere to go.
What I particularly liked about the book and this process is that I had already finished my second draft of a book, and then deconstructed it and re-built it into a much more powerful (and marketable) book using the Agile Writer Method. I needed to re-adjust my pacing and improve the characterization of my hero’s strengths and flaws. I was able to benefit from this book in a very productive way, and for that reason I’m giving this book five stars.
I know many would be writers who never get a thing done, and when I attended the Agile Writer work groups I found a different breed of writers who actually did write, and did so regularly, critiquing each other’s work. This book is the foundation that makes this happen, and there is also a website that supports the book. I highly recommend this book as an addition to the books on the craft of writing in your library.