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INK: Eight Rules To A Better Book by [Guthrie, R.S.]
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About the Author

R.S. Guthrie grew up in Iowa and Wyoming. He has been writing fiction, essays, short stories, and lyrics since college. "Black Beast: A Clan of MacAulay Novel" marked Guthrie's first major release and it heralded the first in a series of Detective Bobby Macaulay (Bobby Mac) books. The second in the series (Lost) hit the Kindle shelves December of 2011. Guthrie's "Blood Land" is the first in the Sheriff James Pruett Mystery/Thriller series and represents a project that is close to his heart: it is set in a fictional town in the same county where he spent much of his childhood and still visits. Guthrie lives in Colorado with his wife, Amy, three young Australian Shepherds, and a Chihuahua who thinks she is a 40-pound Aussie!

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  • File Size: 388 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wind River Press, Inc. (March 18, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 18, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #844,684 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I believe in reading about the craft of writing and trying to hone the skill. I've read the writing books written by authors Stephen King and Anne Lamott, along with several others. And, I'm also a big highlighter - highlighting information that most hit home and the tips I wanted to remember. With the books I've read, I could take a little from here, a little from there. When I read INK, I stopped highlighting into a quarter of the way in. The whole book, page after page, is nothing but great information, tips, how-to's, showing examples. INK is like stepping out of the jungle and finding the Lost City of Gold. I've learned more with this book than any other I've come across. R.S. Guthrie shows you with his Eight Rules to a Better Book exactly how to write better. Every job field I know has some sort of continuing education built in to keep you current, reminds you what works and what doesn't. Writing is no different. Whether you're published or not, a new writer or seasoned writer, everyone in the writing world can and should take a moment to step back to learn or refresh how to bring their writing to that next level. R.S. Guthrie teaches you how with INK. This isn't a book on how to write but how to take what you have and make it better. Fabulous must-have.
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INK: Eight Rules To A Better Book by R.S. Guthrie

I have certain guidelines for writing reviews that I try to follow: be honest, encouraging, respectful, and the like, while at the same time drawing out how the characterization worked, how the plot was developed, and how the dialogue sounded.

All of that works fine for reviewing a novel. In this case, each point in my guidelines was made by Guthrie as parts of writing a better book.

Now let's set that aside for a moment and take a look at the many style books published for writers. Even Stephen King has one: On Writing, which I have.

But this isn't a style book. So if you're looking for the correct way to use commas and quotes, this is not your book. Guthrie has assumed you have access to all that and are already implementing those rules in your writing.

Instead, he assumes he is already writing to a professional. You're the one who aced high school English. You're the one who can edit a magazine article, and may have for your high school magazine.

But are you the one who uses "he chortled" instead of "he said"? Guthrie addresses that. Are you a Tom Swiftly advocate, meaning do you overuse adverbs? Do you know the value of great adjectives? Are you into clichés? Please don't. You'll wake Drill Instructor Cliché. Does your love for language include so many high-dollar words your readers must keep running to the dictionary? What does your dialogue say about your characters? And my favorite question: How do you round out your characters, by telling or showing?

If you already have a decent grasp of the English language and how it's used, but you want to be the best storyteller you can be, this book is for you.
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Cover - We loved the palm print of ink and the little blotches of ink. It's a light take on what a writer's hand looks like after 'tackling' a blank page and yet it symbolises what can be meant about the conflicts an author faces when trying to finish a novel.

Formatting / Appearance - There were no issues at all. And we especially liked the marker pen headers for each chapter.

Content - We've started reviewing self-published books since late November 2012 and noticed the string of issues that can go wrong for a self-published author. I think this is a handy guide for anyone starting out on his or her self-publishing journey. Most of the basic issues are tackled and authors are able to evaluate what will suit their books and what will not. This isn't the first book we've read by the author but it was definitely different from Dark Prairies.

What I liked - The bit when he evaluates "Do I care?" This is especially true for readers. Like it or not, we need to feel the connection and care for the characters in a book before we truly appreciate it. Being in a book club, we know that different characters reach out to different readers so this section on "Do I care?" was definitely something we could all relate too.

What I didn't like - Nothing comes to mind.

Rating - 5 / 5 stars.

Disclosure - I received a complimentary copy from the author which did not affect my honest opinion.
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I hardly ever, or I should say almost never, read non-fiction. I find non-fiction books extremely boring. I have only read non-fiction related to Jane Austen (because I am obsessed with her life and books) and cookbooks (yes, cooking is another one of my passions). Sometimes I may read some books on writing, but I normally find them difficult to understand and quite uninteresting. However, when R.S. Guthrie asked for ARC readers, I raised my hand so fast that I almost knocked my laptop off the table. Why? Because I knew that his book would be an easy and interesting read, just like everything he writes. And I wasn't disappointed.

I think that every single person out there who loves writing should read this book. Every writer, every author, every person who simply wants to learn how to write better and more effectively. Dear fellow writers, this book is a must-read. I have learnt more by reading this book than by attending some of the many Creative Writing courses I have taken along the years. The tone of the book is quite helpful, since it makes you feel as if the author is talking straight to you. There are no difficult or technical words that can make your mind wander, and all the rules the author explains are very sensible ones, and I am sure that every writer reading them will agree with me.

This book talks about certain things that all of us writers have ever done at a certain extent, and the author offers us solutions and easy directions on how to avoid those mistakes. The conversational, informal, and funny tone of the book makes of it a fast and highly entertaining read. You will feel as if you are in a writing workshop, where Mr. Guthrie addresses to you directly.

As I already said, this book is a must-read, and it has already made me feel that I need to correct certain things in the writing of my current WIP. See? It works! This book is really useful and you shouldn't hesitate to buy it and read it.
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