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About the Author
- ASIN : B007OWGB4G
- Publisher : Holly Lisle; Second Edition (November 29, 2013)
- Publication date : November 29, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 711 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 240 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1475017499
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,320,229 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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"The day you think you know it all is the day your work will start to weaken. Write regularly. Write daringly. Write while embracing your fear, and saying what you mean anyway. But most of all, write with joy." If you are interested in writing and want a clear voice to read. I highly recommend this book and her workshops..
The first section of the book includes a collection of essays about the writing life, including "How to Tell Who Won't Make It in Writing," and a quiz that told me I'm doomed: "You'll probably make a great writer," Lisle says. "You should think very carefully before getting married, having children, or buying a pet, however. Walking into your living room and discovering the dust-covered skeleton that was your cat -- or your spouse -- can be really bad for morale." The exercises in this section are introspective, designed to make you consider your goals, strengths, and weaknesses.
Section II covers craft topics in brief but useful sections on building characters, plotting, description, pacing, and maps for world building; this is where the downloadable worksheets come in. Section III, Writing and Selling, includes essays on theme, voice, collaborating and querying, among other topics, all solid (and interesting) advice. Section IV covers Frequently Asked Questions about self-publication, money, and the business of writing in general, and Section V throws in a few bonus essays.
It would have been a bargain for me at ten times the price.
I've now read a couple of dozen books on writing, as I struggle to improve my craft. Every author brings something different to the table, and every one of them has useful insights for the writer. Every one of them has things which aren't so useful, too.
What I like about this book (and the others by her I've read) is that while she promotes her other works a lot, she is very open about what a difficult and vulnerable task it is to be a writer. You can't do it just for money without hating yourself. You have to do it for love, but you can also make money doing what you love.
She describes writing honestly as something like dancing naked on your rooftop when the neighborhood is watching. She goes into what that vulnerability means, and she describes how to keep yourself empowered in your writing, by paying attention as you live.
There may be better books about the craft of writing, but I haven't read one. This is the most inspirational work on writing I've found yet.
If you like how she walks you through developing a world or a plot or a character, you may want to check out her other books on those, which go into much greater detail.
Not all her suggestions work for me, but she is also clear about that: There are as many ways of doing some of these things as there are writers, but this is what works for HER. In getting her explanations, I have come much closer to what works for me.
This is the book I wish I'd read about 10 years ago! No beating around the bush or "making nice", this book lays it on the line as to what it's like to be a writer, what to expect, and how to deal with it all. It's not a "nuts and bolts" grammar lesson or vocabulary tutor, it's about what you're going to go through and how to handle it and come to terms with being A WRITER.
A lot of what Holly says matches my experience thus far, and seeing what she did and how she's dealt with it and proceeded has been inspirational to me (to say the least).
I highly, HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone struggling with writing and the eternal (and sometimes not terribly pleasant) process of becoming a wordsmith.