- File Size: 840 KB
- Print Length: 256 pages
- Publisher: WordMill Press; 1 edition (January 8, 2013)
- Publication Date: January 8, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AZ8CLY0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,099,324 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
How To Be A Writer Who Writes: Strategies and Tactics To Start and Finish Your Book Or Script Kindle Edition
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Greg writes very well and really knows what he's talking about. He has some "inside Hollywood" annecdotes that are fun to come across and his warm sense of humor is on every page.
Anyone who actually is considering taking on a writing project of any sort would be well-advised to read this book -- even a few chapters of it would be helpful.
I noticed after reading a few chapters of Greg's book that I felt more energized in general and more interested in taking on new projects. I felt more optimistic and confident. The book can be used as a road map for all kinds of challenges in life. (I guess I am writing this review -- so who knows, maybe soon I'll actually be "A Writer Who Writes!")
Because the type of writing that I do is more technical than creative, I was surprised as to how relevant this book was to my projects. I was relieved that I've been doing many things right for the past 30 years (my mentors trained me well), and delighted to find helpful ideas for new ways of approaching my writing.
This is an especially terrific resource for the writer who suffers from brain block, the naïve writer, the disorganized writer, and the too-busy-to-write writer. And if you are a successful writer with no problems getting your brilliant ideas and beautiful words set to paper (or computer document), it's still worth a read just so you can gloat that you had it right all along.
He clearly speaks from a wealth of "been there, done that AND got the T-shirt" experience.
And his processes really makes sense - and certainly resonated with me 100% as I'm about 40% through what he calls "Rough Draft" and thankfully, I've actually managed to do or learn much of what he has already advised, but there are many nuances that will make a big difference as I go on and especially moving into revision - there is gold in them thar pages I tell you!
Most importantly, the book delivers on its premise: "... be a WRITER who WRITES". Greg is so motivating without being "ra-ra", but in a practical way, that after while, you will simply HAVE to go and write.
And that's the name of the game!
PS. He's funny too. And the quotes from some of the other "big names" interspersed throughout are both poignant and funny!
If you're an impatient sort, you can even benefit from using the table of contents to find a list that addresses your current writing dilemma; lists like "5 Ways to Work on Character," and "7 Office Supplies That Can Help You Gather Material." I love the lists.
I experience this book as a writing coach in print form. When I come across prompting to write ("Have you written anything today? . . . If not, write something now. I mean it.") I do it. The prompts usually come at a point when I've been inspired by the reading in the chapter, and have had several ideas pop into my head.
I give this book 5 stars because of the impact it is having on breaking up the log jams in my mind, gently deconstructing the imaginary rules I've created to help me procrastinate. With this book, it feels like I have a team backing me up. It's nice not to create in isolation. Thanks, Greg!