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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I received a copy of this book as a gift. As an author, I'm familiar with many of the "rules" of writing, but this slim volume addressed those--plus some new tips that... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amy Shojai, CABC
I received this book from Trish Gentry as a gift and I was blown away. I just read it and had to rush to write a review. Read morePublished on April 3, 2014 by Dexx Peay
Okay,, so it isn't the best book out there on writing, but it is good, and there's a whole lot of bang for your buck...or two bucks. Read morePublished on December 19, 2013 by Voracious kindle reader
I'm so glad I read this book, and if you want the tools to improve your writing, you should read it too.Published on December 11, 2013 by rozcar
Read it in an hour - and it's worth every penny - he should charge more.
I used it as a checklist, and was happy to find that an experienced writer can still get a lot... Read more
Rob's writing style is entertaining and informative. He doesn't inflate his book with ten-dollar words or boring grammar lessons. Read morePublished on August 21, 2013 by Kathy Steinemann
If I was being banished to a writer's colony on a desert island and could only take three books with me, INK would be one of the three. Read morePublished on July 2, 2013 by Jim Gilliam
I think if you read one book a month, then this book may not make sense to you. But if you part of a book club, have a book blog or read a lot of books, then this book is a must... Read morePublished on June 2, 2013 by Ravina Andrea Kurian
This is one well written book on the craft of writing. It has a personal feel to it, almost like you are having a face-to-face conversation with Mr. Guthrie. Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by ReaderAdam12