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In Writers on Writing Volume 1 – 4 Omnibus: An Author’s Guide, Crystal Lake Publishing gives us just such a book and they do so in spades, bringing together a collection of essays from an eclectic gathering of authors from all walks of life and every branch of the profession you can imagine. Here you’ll find excellent guidance and advice from horror authors, poets, screenwriters and editors, all of whom excel in their chosen field and who bring together years of experience and talent culminating in a referential volume that you’ll find yourself turning to again and again in your writing adventures, no matter what kind of writing you do. With articles about pacing from the great Jack Ketchum, poetry advice from horror’s young phenom Stephanie M. Wytovich, a brilliant essay on the relationship between heroes and villains by Paul Kane, and an outstanding piece on setting from J.S. Breukelaar just to name a few, you can’t go wrong with this exceptional collection of wisdom by some of our favorite genre writers, poets, and editors, as well as a great essay on book reviewing by Nerine Dorman.
In addition to those already mentioned, you’ll also find work by such greats as Mercedes M. Yardley, Tim Waggoner, Kealan Patrick Burke, and Lucy A. Snyder. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. When it comes to books like this, you could do much worse, but you couldn’t find much that’s better than this. Every piece in here is rock solid, based on concrete knowledge and experience, and all extremely useful. There is zero fluff to be found here, but you will find a plethora of wisdom on just about any writing subject you can imagine. Highly recommended for both new authors and more experienced authors looking to hone their skills.
Some of the subjects covered in this book include how you can learn from rejection, making time for writing, character building, finding your voice, how to network, what to expect from writing your first novel and much more. In Brian Hodge's article, The Infrastructure Of The Gods he gives tips on getting started. Such as getting rid of distractions like turning off your wi-fi and remembering that instant gratification is not something you get from writing a novel. Brian also gives good advice on never giving up because new authors are always breaking through into the mainstream.
Another one I liked was What Right Do I Have To Write by Jasper Bark. Jasper talks about how the circumstances are never right for writing. There are always excuses not to do it but the only thing you can do is make the time and let nothing get in your way. I also like how he shoots down the fantasy that writing is a dream job. He says its fun sometimes but you are working under nightmare conditions, you may spend up to a year completing your first work and even the pros laugh at the idea that writing is a dream job.
One beneficial article in this collection is Finding Your Voice by Lynda E. Rucker. I would have thought that finding your voice would come natural but in reality it takes awhile. Lynda mentions that it took a long time for her to create a voice that wasn't an imitation of another author's voice. She then states that finding your voice is the same as finding your identity. The way to find it is by realizing you have something to say and what you think is important. One thing I learned here is that there are several important aspects to writing.
Even if you're not a writer and read this book you can get a lot out of it, such as a whole new respect for writing as an art form . My favorite part of this book was entitled A First-Time Novelist's Odyssey by William Gorman. William takes you all through his five-year journey in writing his novel from doing research, living with the characters in your head, and getting their story just right. He talks about the struggle to find his voice and the massive amounts of revisions before the book was finally published. Writing maybe the most complex art form there is and Writers On Writing is a book that can help you on the path to being a better writer and possibly getting published too.
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There seems to be endless how-to essays and books on writing. I’ve read a handful and numerous blog posts, much of the time these read like reheated...Read more