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Wannabe a writer? This hilarious, informative guide to getting into print is a must-have for anyone who's ever thought they've got a book in them. Drawing on her own experiences as a British novelist and journalist, Wenham-Jones takes you through the minefield of the writing process, giving advice on everything from how to avoid Writer's Bottom to what to wear to your laun...more
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Published (first published October 25th 2007)
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Sue
Rather different to this average book about writing, this one is full of anecdotes, humour - some of it rather risque - and a great deal of advice to drink heavily and eat a lot of chocolate. Clearly not all to be taken seriously, but I found it very readable and quite inspiring in places. The author doesn't try to inflate her experiences or suggest that getting published is just a matter of hard slog and brilliance; nor does she focus on layouts or grammar or even how to construct plots. Instea...more
Judie Holliday
Where's the option for no stars? This book was appallingly bad. The first 100 pages (and I'm being generous here) have some good tips scattered thinly in a lot of pap about drinking wine and being a miserable cow to your family. The drinking gets more space on the page than anything else. It soon becomes clear that the author has very few good ideas herself (plagiarise the plot is her frequent advice) and most of the good tips come from other authors. Even here, though, the book is thin. The sec...more
Nicola
Wannabe A Writer? is a how-to book put through the Bridget Jones filter. It’s pitched hard at an audience of middle-aged, middle-class women who might write a novel if they weren’t so fond of that second glass of wine every night.

Though intended as a rip-roaring antidote to stale writing books, the result is only occasionally amusing. (Maybe if it would be funnier if I were drunk? Sorry, I’m allergic to wine.) There are some useful writing tips to be found, along with cheering anecdotes from Wen...more
Sarah Spelbring
It was a very fun and informative read. It covered many areas of writing and included things I had never even thought about. I would definitely read it over again and probably will, but now I'm contemplating buying her other book, which expands upon what this one started explaining.

Its a book that really made me think and periodically I had to the book down and write myself.
Rebecca Smith
I enjoyed this book as well as gaining quite a few tips from it. It wasn't the meaningless manufactured slog that you usually get from books about writing. Not only did it engage you as if you were a friend, it provided tips on various areas of writing and the stages after that. I recommend it for anyone else who might be starting out as a writer.
Seumas Gallacher
Mix in a load of clever writing, spice it with humour, garnish it with good solid "been there and done it' experience from a writer on how to to get published. Bring it to the boil and let it simmer... fabulous result and a road map for new writers . Loved this book
Dorothy
I loved this book and will read it often on my journey of discovery, I'm sure this book was written for me ;)

I have started reading it again now .... you always see something new that you maybe didn't see first time around.. Recommend few reads of it...
Kirsty Ross
This book kept me reading from cover to cover in one sitting! I have recommended it to all my writer friends from University and can't wait to read the sequel!

Informative, interesting and funny all in one sitting! xxxx
Tracy Fells Fells
Some excellent advice for newbie writers in this book, but where this stands out is how the information is imparted. This is a laugh out loud read and lots of fun even if you don't wannabe a writer!
Steve Mitchell
Not only is this a book full of very useful tips and guidance, it is actually very funny too; an entertaining read worth a look even if you are not planning on writing a novel.
Anne
I really want to like this book, but it was just another rah rah you can do it craft book. I didn't feel like I learned any new tips.
Ross Mountney
Really nice hand to hold for authors like me who like someone else to tell them how to do it sometimes even though we've done it!!
Pat Wood
Very funny, very interesting and soooo helpful.
Read after Wannabe a Writer we've heard of? Both good.
Elizabeth Ducie
Get fun; written in Jane's inimitable style, but with some good hard sense underneath all the fun.
Daisy
Love her writing style. In fact, if she could sit on my sofa and chat with me, that would be great.
Tilly Hunter
Little of real substance. Beginner's stuff.
Lynda
Very interesting so far
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Jane Wenham-Jones is the author of four novels and three non-fiction books. Wannabe a Writer? is a humorous look at the trials and tribulations of becoming a scribe and Wannabe a Writer We've Heard Of? is a how-to on PR and self-promotion. Her most recent work is 100 Ways to Fight the Flab (and still have wine and chocolate). She has also contributed to several short story anthologies and two cook...more
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