- File Size: 1027 KB
- Print Length: 133 pages
- Publication Date: November 30, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006GTU176
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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How I are Becomed a Very Much Gooder Author Kindle Edition
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While I didn't quite agree with all of his observations about point of view (his idea of what constitutes 'omniscient' seems strangely at variance with the ideas of everyone else I've read on the subject), this is just one small thing, and really, if you needed someone to tell you which point of view was which, you probably wouldn't be ready for a book like this anyway.
Of particular note were the observations on self-editing, and for the beginning writer, these alone could justify the purchase.
The material detailing Winters' "story formula" was less valuable to me because, having read umpteen screenwriting books, I recognized that he was espousing a cinematic approach to writing fiction with things like "show; don't tell" and "create suspension." This is the same advice put forward by screenwriting gurus like Robert McKee, and I agree that many writers of fiction would find their work greatly improved if they were to take it. However, it's by no means the only way to go. Overall, however, I thought this was a good read with a lot of useful information and thought-provoking commentary. Just don't stare at that horrible cover too long, or you'll go blind.
Winters is tongue-in-cheek and accessible. I recommend reading this straight through, but keeping it available for reference later to help yourself stay on track.
How I are Becomed a Very Much Gooder Author
"How I are becomed a very much gooder author" is one of those books that make you think about your own writing and it's funny 'cause I was going back and forth to my own story. After having reading most of it, I already had have written a whole different 7 pages opening! Maybe this analogy will help you to visualize the content: Sevastian Winters share his vast experience in storytelling as a mechanic would brake apart your average car, put back the essential parts, get rid of those extra "weight" that you don't really need, and put Turbo and Nitro to your engine.
Did I mention the missing parts? If you are a mechanic and you find out that there are missing parts in your "car", it might be time to think whether or not you are building a car or something else...
I have redesigned my cover. Per his advise, I am working on the first five pages. I will edit whole work and follow his instruction about 'living up' the novel (throwing out adjectives and adverbs). I will keep his book as a reference.