The Fiction Writing Handbook: The Professional Author's Guide to Writing Beyond the Rules Paperback – July 5, 2017
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The concluding portion of the book on the choice between traditional publishing and going indie amounts to an emphatic condemnation of the brain dead publishing business. I could hardly contain my glee at seeing the emperor's new clothes thoroughly exposed.
All in all, highly recommended for any developing writer.
Basic notion: "there is no right way to write- there is only what works."
His advice In practical terms:
-- write a great story the best way you know how
-- use language fearlessly
-- own it all
-- always engage the reader
-- there are no other rules
Worth the remember.
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Why is this? Well, after reading many books on writing and specifically, writing fiction, after sifting through many blog posts and online information, and after completing two novels myself, Dario’s thoughts and opinions resonate so strongly I came out of reading the book feeling refreshed and totally reassured that my own approaches to my writing are sound. In my journey as a writer, I came up against many of the ‘rules’ of writing, which Dario addresses, some of which are excellent rules, others more conflicting, and which can suck the passion and integrity out of writing. I had to sift through these rules, deciding which made sense to me, but also the rules which made me feel uncomfortable and conflicted. Many writers, I know, berate themselves for their perceived faults based upon a somewhat toxic web of shoulds and shouldn’ts which can fight with their own inclinations and creative spirit. This is fundamentally damaging, both to themselves and the prospective readers of their writing. After reading Dario’s guide many of these conflicts may well dissolve and the creative writer can practice their writing with far more enjoyment and stimulation and far less nagging doubts.
Dario says: ‘’ A story’s job is to engage its readers. How a writer chooses to do that is entirely up to him or her.’’ In this current climate of suffocatingly tight genre rules, this is a timely message for the better for all of us – writers and readers. This guide covers all the aspects you’d expect in a book on writing fiction as well as highly useful and insightful chapters on process, whether to pursue traditional or independent publishing, and supportive advice for ‘when the going gets tough’. It’s a practical guide and a self-help guide for writers rolled into one.
Dario says: ‘’If you strive for truth in your writing and write for you, from your heart and with humility, you’ll succeed. How you measure that success is up to you, nobody else. But I guarantee that if you work hard and apply your intelligence and passion, you’ll produce the best work you can, nad it will be unique and true.’’
And this is exactly what can make your writing either improve, or hold it’s own out there in the world. For sentiments like this, I strongly recommend this book to any writer.