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In June of 2011 I started writing my first novel. I had a crazy goal of getting it done and published by November 2011. With The Writing Code I was able to get immediate clarity, focus, and practical tips I could use to bring my writing up to the level I was seeking to communicate my story. This is NOT the intellectual English class textbook stuff that used to put you to sleep! Every chapter is full of great examples and practical information you can use right away to put it all together. I took The Writing Code to heart and blazed through creating my first novel in 13 weeks. I am telling anyone I know who has a book in them and wants to get it out, they should start with this excellent resource.
This book is an essential reference for writers and storytellers. I use it myself and recommend it to my students. The classic literary examples are extremely helpful. I feel smarter just having this book by my bedside, and I discover new insights every time I pick it up.
I found this book a few months ago and refer to it often and have recommended it to several people. It has some techniques that are very easy to implement and that have changed the way I write and edit. Using these techniques helps the writer to consider the integrity of each and every sentence. As soon as I adopted the writing code I found I worked more quickly and felt in command of the text. I wish I had known about this years ago - I've been writing professionally for many years and this is one of the most helpful books I've ever found. The Writing Code offers fiction and non-fiction writers some highly readable and useful tips on storytelling, plotting, characterisation and more. Marian Edmunds, co-author Navigational Tips For Living In An Imperfect World and contributor to City-pick New York
I've just become a Charles Euchner fan. I started reading a sample of one of his short excerpts from The Writing Code and ended buying the complete book instead. He practices what he preaches. Reading him is a joy. He entertains as well as informs. He breaks down concepts into easy, digestible pieces that a reader can comprehend, retain and use. I know he has improved my writing, and my appreciation of others' work. When I read I look at the sentences differently. This is a wonderful resource for anyone who thinks of himself as a student, a writer, or a reader. Buy it just for the joy of reading if nothing else.
This is not a useful book. For the 10% that might be helpful, the rest is just padding, cut and paste from psychology textbooks to justify things like "have suspense" or "write engaging characters." Waste of my money.
This one is a keeper - and probably worth re-reading every so often. Euchner makes a lot of good points not just about things to do when writing (like making sure you use all the senses) but tells you why so you can really internalize why it's important. He has interesting facts about how the brain works and thus how we read and how we write which may change your perspective on what/how you write. There's so much in here - it's hard to describe. If you want to write better - whether it's an email, a blog, articles, or novels - this is a must read in my humble opinion.