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Snoopy's Guide to the Writing Life Hardcover – September 15, 2002
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From Library Journal
Using the many Snoopy "at the typewriter" strips as jumping-off points, 30 famous writers as disparate as Ray Bradbury, Elmore Leonard, Budd Shulberg, Dominick Dunne, Danielle Steele, and Sue Grafton have written short pep talks, amusing anecdotes, or just useful advice to would-be writers based on their own experiences. Witty and charming, the essays offer much creative and practical wisdom. But the highlight of the book is the touching foreword by Charles Schulz's son, Monte, who offers some striking insights into his father's life, giving the reader a glimpse of the legendary cartoonist as a reader as well as a writer. Editor Conrad (The Complete Guide to Writing Fiction) also contributes an insightful introduction to this collection, which is an inspiring homage to Schulz that will appeal to all writers and aspiring writers as well as to fans of the late Peanuts creator. Highly recommended.
Herbert E. Shapiro, Empire State Coll., SUNY, Rochester
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"Witty and charming...will appeal to all writers and aspiring writers as well as to fans of the late Peanuts creator. Highly recommended." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I love how Snoopy will write and write and the critics reviews don't phase him. He keeps on keeping on! I suggest this book for anyone who dreams of creating something whether it is a book, a song, a building, an organization, etc. Go for it and laugh at the critics! Do it for those who get you!
Fun Fun Book! My sister still has it and reads it over and over again.
Ray Bradbury, Danielle Steel, Clive Cussler, Julia Child, Ed McBain, Sidney Sheldon, Sue Grafton, Elmore Leonard, and many, many more. Whether you feel the calling to write non-fiction, general fiction, Sci-Fi, cookbooks, biographies, or short stories, there is a word of advice pertinent to your chosen genre. This book isn't really a "how to" book but rather motivation and encouragement from authors who've paid their debts. One of my favorite pieces was Jack Canfield's, on accumulating rejection slips. He points out many famous authors and pieces of literature that were rejected many times over before being accepted. Just don't give up.
This lighthearted book should be included in every writer's bookshelf. Next time you're stuck, lighten up, take it off the shelf, and help yourself to some inspiration. There is also a lovely foreword by Monte Schulz, Charles's son, in which he remembers his father, and a great introduction by Charles's long time friend Barnaby Conrad, with remembrances of one of the greatest cartoonists of all time. Don't miss out on this treasure, whether you are a writer or not. Enjoy!
Thank you, Snoopy and Charles! It was a dark and stormy night! LOL.
Monte Schulz, son of the great Charles, uses the introduction to cast his father as a lover of books and as someone who always thought of his work as low art. (Personally, I consider "Peanuts" to be among the highest art there is). The stories Monte tells about his father are wonderful and made me feel a bit closer to one of my heroes.
The strips collected here, most of which feature Snoopy pounding away at his infamous typewriter or getting a rejection slip (sometimes tied to a rock) are excellent. I've always said that anybody can find his or herself in a Peanuts [comic] strip -- I'm in MOST of the strips about Snoopy.
Where the book falls somewhat short is in the essays collected from some really great writers. Rather than being anything really groundbreaking or informative, most of them are little more than pep talks. The one from Julia Child is completely superfluous unless you're out to write the world's greatest cookbook.
It's a worthwhile book, especially if you're a writer who loves Peanuts. Just don't expect too much from it.