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How to Write: Advice and Reflections Paperback – October 16, 1996
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While Rhodes has much solid advice about the grit one must bring to the writing life--"the best remedy for fear of writing ... is ... ass to chair"--it is his analogies about writing that are most refreshing. "Writing is a craft," he says. "I mean craft strictly: like carpentry or pottery, writing is handmade. Like other crafts as well, writing can sometimes be organized to the special depth and resonance people call art." Elsewhere, Rhodes compares structuring a work of writing to generalship. "A general," he writes, "needs to know what troops and weapons he commands and how they're deployed, but he also needs to develop a strategy for fighting battles and winning the war. The battles probably won't go as he plans, of course. If his strategy is sufficiently flexible, he'll be able to adapt it to circumstances and still come out victorious." And finally, he says, "writing is always like scuba diving, a descent as deep as you can or dare to go, given your capacity and your level of skill."
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Rhodes also offers a great deal of practical advice and insight into both the writing craft itself and the challenges a writer regularly faces - whether they be personal, financial, or otherwise. His easygoing, subtle style pulls you effortlessly along and you eventually understand why he has the authority to write such a book in the first place.
You will learn a great deal from Rhodes if your interest is personal, professional, or both.
take your muse out for a walk. A pleasant mix that serves
up a full course meal for the writer in you. Rhodes uses
his own growth, from a young struggling writer of Hallmark
Cards to a Pulitzer Prize winning author, to enlight and
encourage us. He covers writers block, agents, research,
editing and more. His style is accessible, the content
practical, with no attempt to be a comphrensive guide. Not
a series of writing exercises, ala Natalie Goldberg or Julia
Cameron, this book is more like a conversation with someone
who's been there, done that.
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I just received my book. It is unmarked and the the quality is as advertised. ThanksPublished 3 months ago by Sade
Very informative and helpful book. I like the way he writes!Published 16 months ago by Linda Hayden
There are, I think, three great American writers of modern non-fiction. The acknowledged master is John McPhee, whose New Yorker pieces and books laid out a clear and elegant style... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Michael J. Edelman
This is not a technical manual or a recipe book for writing. It is a semi- autobiographical look at writing by a Pulitzer Prize winner. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kim Burdick
I really like what Mr. Richard Rhodes had to say and it was a very informative book. It certainly made me think that just because I haven't ever written anything does not mean that... Read morePublished on June 28, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I've recently read several books on writing, and this is the best. I am reading it for the third time. Rhodes encourages and challenges. Read morePublished on April 25, 2014 by carolyn parr
Richard Rhodes' writing chops are unassailable. His majestic "The Making of the Atomic Bomb" combines thorough historiography with a lyrical style that makes reading it... Read morePublished on April 16, 2011 by Michael Faherty
When Rhodes stresses the necessity of checking facts, he writes that "I'm as corny as Kansas in August" is a line from a song in "Oklahoma." Nope--it's from "South Pacific. Read morePublished on September 4, 2009 by Blue Pencil
Every page is valuable. I underlined so many points that some pages are filled with ink from my pen.Published on March 8, 2007 by Erin Murphy