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- Print Length: 173 pages
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- Publisher: Haunted Computer Books; 1 edition (April 13, 2010)
- Publication Date: April 13, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003H4QZOG
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I also admit that I skipped some of the sections in some chapters on topics such as how to write to an an editor or how to pitch your book and how to go about getting a literary agent. They simply do not concern me. I've written two non-fiction books, one of which has ranked in best selling categories for months now, and I had a great experience with my editors, publishers, and the entire process. So I simply didn't agree with some of these chapters. But they are small in comparison to the chapters that I really and truly loved.
Speaking of those, I most loved the chapters on how to write and develop characters. My biggest favorites from the entire book were:
1. Kristine Kathryn Rusch on definition of success - my favorite!!
2. Kristine Kathryn Rusch with a much longer chapter - which actually appears first in the book - on the freelancer's survival guide, which is quite funny.
3. Elizabeth Massie on how you must get it in writing.
4. JA Konrath on how and why to never ever give up but also don't make his mistakes.
5. Dean Wesley Smith on writing only about that which you love and not letting agents decide your writing career for you.
6. Alexandra Sokoloff on the power of using visual imagery just right.
7. Alexandra Sokoloff on knowing and understanding your premise well.
8. Jonathan Maberry on the three act structure of storytelling and how to apply it to your novel - very useful.
9. David Montgomery on which point of view to write from.
10. Robert Kroese on writing the book you want to read.
11. Scott Nicholson on nurturing your inner hack.
If you want to write fiction, and have a sense of humor, and an open mind on how to approach your fiction writing career in this fast-evolving publishing world that we live in now, then Write Good or Die is a great book. Hope my review inspires you to write and never give up on your writing dreams.
Overall, the opening and the "Craft" part of the book are fairly decent, but unfortunately the last part ("Business") destroys the impression with its combination of the obvious, the ridiculous and the obsolete. Should have been left out and the space devoted to expanding the craft chapters instead.
There are three main messages in the book. 1) Write what you are passionate about. 2) Be disciplined. 3) Write. After that, there are several specifics as each author focuses on a favorite point. But they all support the main messages. Those points are not surprises, one would think them obvious, but they are worth repeating with updated examples from a fast changing writers market.
Whether a struggling current writer with a full time undesirable job that pays the bills, a reader thinking about writing, or just a reader wondering “How do writers do that?” this is an entertaining, quick read.
On the good side, there is some discussion on self publishing and selling on line. This is what's new in the publishing business.
It starts with a hilarious and visionary comparison of the craft of writing to the effort of Olympians. Then there's the comfort that writing gets better with practice.
There's the A to Z of the industry. The book hits on the harsh realities that come after finding an agent or publishing, and tells you how to get there.
By chapter 31, it's clear that this book is aimed at indie authors who are ready to succeed with pride.
Chapter 33 does have a link to a site that doesn't exist. Searching leads to a blog post from Feb 2012 that says it's "coming soon," a Goodreads group that hasn't posted since 2012, and a rarely used Twitter hashtag.
Overall, this is a very good book, and I recommend that new writers take the time to read it.
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