- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; Original edition (December 9, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1582975906
- ISBN-13: 978-1582975900
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 7.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 110 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Art of War for Writers: Fiction Writing Strategies, Tactics, and Exercises Original Edition
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The Art of War for Writers offers some incredibly useful advice, especially for new writers who are still trying to get their feet under them. This is not a book about the nuts and bolts of writing a novel but rather a book about simply **being** a writer...and being the best one you can be. Each heading is a pearl of wisdom, and the section that follows expounds upon that advice, things like: Turn envy into energy and more words; Speed is the essence of the opening; Become a snatcher of time and maybe you'll hit 700 books, too.
I found the writing style very appealing, as well. Some books on the craft of writing can be a little dry or textbook-ish, but this book has an easy, conversational style, almost as if James Scott Bell is in the room talking to you himself. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading more of his books on writing craft.
I especially benefited from Part II, "Tactics." I enjoyed the tips, quotes, and examples from some of my favorite authors: John D. Mac Donald, Robert B. Parker, Steve Martini, and Sue Grafton. The chapters dealing with the importance of story and of character development are invaluable.
Bell models the art of drawing the reader into the narrative through his choice of format, pacing of information, illustrations, summary statements, and suggested writing exercises.
Compact, comprehensive, and reader friendly, "The Art of War for Writers" is an important contemporary resource providing tactics and exercises for today's writer. A handy manual of information, instruction, and inspiration.
I highly recommend this book to any writer. It will motivate you and make you think.
Michael Kelso, author of, 'One on One'.
The book is flooded with amazing quotes. I kept saying to myself, "Oh that's a good one, I'll have to use that in my next presentation." But after saying that a dozen times in only a few pages I began to to realize the extraordinary wealth found in this book.
While the subtitle indicates the book is written with the novelist in mind the information is universal. Every non-fiction writer can glean much from these pages too.
I was also impressed with the interior design. The publisher went to great lengths to make the reading experience enjoyable. A deft use of two color printing creates accents in all the right places. And the page layout is easy on my old eyes. Thank you Writer's Digest for an example of top drawer publishing.
Whether you are a novice or a published veteran in the industry there is something for you. The novice should return to the book again and again and practice what they have read! The experienced writer will find a great refresher course in ideas, but can also glean new insights to common problems.
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I have ordered more books from Mr.Scott. I would have no problem passing this book along to anyone wanting to delve deeper into the world of writing and publishing. Fantastic author. Fantastic information. Fantastic exercises.
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Very helpful tool for writing!