- Paperback: 190 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (October 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780446395076
- ISBN-13: 978-0446395076
- ASIN: 0446395072
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 62 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #935,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If You Can Talk You Can Write Paperback – October 1, 1993
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Any book on writing that cites poet Anne Sexton and excerpts Katherine Dunn's Geek Love is off to a good start, and Saltzman delivers in a breezy tome designed to help you quit taking yourself too seriously yet be utterly true to your own voice at the same time. And when he ends with Lillian Hellman's advice to never listen to writers about writing, you know he's got it exactly right.
From Library Journal
Saltzman's book is based on his successful writing seminars of the same name. His main point is that if people would remember that writing is a form of communication, much like talking, it would not be as intimidating and therefore easier to do. The first of the five sections covers the fear of writing and how to get past internal voices that say negative things. The second covers the concept of talking on paper. Parts 3 and 4 help answer the questions, What do I write about? and, What do I do now that I have a first draft? Finally, the last part is a compilation of ideas and tricks of the trade to help the writer continue to produce. Light, humorous, and fun, the book offers anecdotal examples and reminder quizzes at the end of each section that review the main points. Useful for public libraries serving a large population of would-be writers.
- Lisa J. Cochenet, Plainfield P.L., Ill.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Mr. Saltzman points out, in a very simple manner, that perfection is absolutely unattainable… so why bother. Mr. Saltzman’s, very liberating philosophy on writing is to simply write like you talk. Don’t get bogged down in a sea of grammatical falderal, you can deal with that stuff later. Get on with it and get it written down. You really need to let yourself go and enjoy the story you want to tell.
Read this little book before you sit down to your next writing session; before you start something new, and follow the simple philosophies therein, or rather just let yourself tell your story. You’ll see a world of difference in the way you feel about things when you’re finished.
An excellent read.
Joel Saltzman makes it all simple: write. Write every day. Write about anything. As he says, if you can talk, you can write.
Saltzman writes in a direct style and his humor is both relevant and purposeful. In 50 short chapters, Saltzman knocks the props out from under the three P's that keep you from writing - perfectionism, paralysis and procrastination. His examples are on target and his remedies swift and sure.
As Saltzman puts it "[t]his book is about getting you to write - wih optimism, enthusiasm and only occasionally wanting to kill yourself. It [is] the life preserver I had to invent on my own".
Apparently Saltzman taught a writing course at UCLA and this book grew out of it. It is peppered with real-life examples and great quotes from writers and other artists. I sure wish that I could have taken Saltzman's course. The book is sure great and I even bought the audio version as well. This guy is simply a great coach. Follow his advice and writer's block will be a thing of the past for you.
I used Saltzman's book to get through the writing of my first book and keep a copy around for inspiration for my newer projects.
Don't spend a month reading (just another way to get out of writing) when you can read for a few minutes at a time and get down to it. If you're reading these reviews, It means you have something to write and you're looking for support. You've found it. Get this book, relax, and start writing.