While some of the book comes off as filler (there are lengthy passages on what a vampire/werewolf/zombie is, with lists of their traits), its strengthWhile some of the book comes off as filler (there are lengthy passages on what a vampire/werewolf/zombie is, with lists of their traits), its strength lies in its ability to help generate stories of your own by exploring what sorts of things are scary to you. Great for the beginner, without being insulting. Any creative person reading this will likely have a slew of ideas by the time they come to the end. I cringed a little when I saw that the last chunk of the book is devoted to the writer's own stories, but the pieces really do a fine job of illustrating the concepts introduced in the book. (I was worried they were just there as self-promotion.)...more
Cool and fast-paced book on writing for film. I've never written anything resembling a screenplay, but I believe every writer flirts with the idea atCool and fast-paced book on writing for film. I've never written anything resembling a screenplay, but I believe every writer flirts with the idea at least once or twice, and this seems a good enough place to start. Some of his ideas even seem useful outside of film, especially the segment on dialogue (and why a character should never directly say what's on his mind). Lots of examples from well-known films that illustrate his tips in action. I can't speak to how useful this would be to anyone with experience, but for the beginner, it should be helpful in ratcheting up humdrum scenes into something a little zingier. ...more
I can't say enough about Linda Formichelli. She's a real-world guru for freelance magazine writers. I first stumbled across her Renegade Writer site vI can't say enough about Linda Formichelli. She's a real-world guru for freelance magazine writers. I first stumbled across her Renegade Writer site via a Google search, looking for some specific information on querying, and she's been my go-to source ever since for real information from a working freelancer.
I've found that Linda sometimes says the opposite of what you'll find in more generic freelancing articles, and that's because she's been there and knows precisely what rules can be broken. Those terse guidelines in writer's markets are rarely any help at all, and often seem designed to weed out non-pros. After entering the real world of freelancing myself, I recognize that her tips reflect actual reality.
This e-book is a brief version of her writing workshops, and I gleaned several tips from it that make a difference in my own work day. I appreciate that she recognizes that what works for her won't for everyone, as we all have different styles. With that in mind, she offers her own methods, but also includes contradictory methods used by colleagues. At least some of them should be a fit for almost any writer.
Linda's advice is always actionable. She doesn't simply tell you to cut out distractions like TV, or to organize your files, but offers real ideas you can implement. The most useful sections for me are on beating procrastination, working smarter, and not falling victim to perfectionism (fine when you're crafting a novel, maybe, but not when you're beating out a series of articles for quick money).
If you've moved past the beginner phase in freelancing, but haven't quite cracked the big time, you'll find something usable here. ...more
Completely worthless. This was among the cheap books I nabbed without thinking when I first got my Kindle and went insane with just grabbing free/cheaCompletely worthless. This was among the cheap books I nabbed without thinking when I first got my Kindle and went insane with just grabbing free/cheap books willy-nilly. I freelance for a living, so I'm always interested in learning new tips.
There's nothing to see here, folks, even if you're a beginner. The book is drastically padded (he spends a lot of time telling you what he's going to tell you), but devoid of anything really useful.
The first step to becoming a freelancer, he says, is to decide how much money you want to make. No joke! He also outlines the pros and cons of freelancing, with no surprises (set your own hours, yadda yadda yadda).
The title is misleading, as the only thing really covered is how to start thinking about being a freelancer, if somehow you don't know to think. Save your nickels. There are great (and free) freelancing resources online. (I highly recommend The Renegade Writer.)
Lawrence Block has been writing novels for close to six decades, so believe me when I say that he knows everything about everything. He covers so muchLawrence Block has been writing novels for close to six decades, so believe me when I say that he knows everything about everything. He covers so much ground that I defy anyone not to find something useful here. What I appreciate most is that for a guy who most likely has had his own set way of doing things for a long time now, he's quick to acknowledge that everyone will have their own favored way (don't like outlines? Ditch 'em). Particularly like his tips on using other works as inspiration without stealing. Masterful advice from a true master. ...more