Caught procrastinating again? Keep telling yourself that thinking about writing and looking at things is productivity in itself? You need to give yourCaught procrastinating again? Keep telling yourself that thinking about writing and looking at things is productivity in itself? You need to give yourself a kick in the pants. While you’re at it, why not keep it up for a month? ‘Write’ will help you do just that.
A thirty day guide to writing, this book does something even better than the ones that break down writing into minute steps – it encourages you to write. Sounds silly, yes? After all, aren’t all books on writing aimed at that purpose? The answer is no. You can read a book on writing and when you’ve finished, all you’ve done is read. Fail.
I originally borrowed this book from the library but I’ve since bought my own copy. The idea of the book is to read a chapter every day (yes, the preface counts as a chapter) and mull over the different subjects and complete the writing prompts given. Only, the writing prompts were so deliciously good, I just scoffed them up.
Quigley’s inspires you in each chapter and then pushes you to do something with that built-up inspiration. Instead of just imagining things and playing out fantasies in your head, where you’ve written something amazing, she encourages you to write something. It might not seem like a spectacular feet but believe me, it is.
‘Write’ is a book I’m always keen to return to and would recommend to anyone who finds themselves in a productivity rut.
[Writers] are, in fact, like Hobbits, about whom Tolkien said, “Their elusiveness is due solely to a professional skill.”
An extract from the introduct[Writers] are, in fact, like Hobbits, about whom Tolkien said, “Their elusiveness is due solely to a professional skill.”
An extract from the introduction to one of my favourite books on writing: ‘The Writer’s Book of Wisdom: 101 Rules for Mastering Your Craft’ by Stephen Taylor Goldsberry.
This is a small, visual book which fits nicely into a bag and consists of three parts – approach, language and craft – and 101 rules to help you become a better writer.
From Rule #1: Learn The Rules Before You Break Them, to Rule #7: Fail, to Rule #17: Stop Reading This Book, to Rule #37: The “As” Clause Is For Amateurs, there are so many things to learn and think about. You can start from 1 and work your way to 101, or you can jump from one section to another.
The Writer’s Book of Wisdom is full of insightful and comical remarks and examples to help you process the information. The rules aren’t lengthy but are still full of enough insight to make you think. Every time I read this book, it opens up my mind and makes me re-evaluate my writing process. The word “rules” might make some reluctant to open it up but it isn’t at all a tell-off guide, it’s a little slice of book with a whole heap of knowledge and you can take and you can apply it how you please.
It is one of my favourite books on writing and I have no doubt it will remain so. It is a must-read for all writers, if not a must-buy.
Don’t describe sunsets, don’t waste your ploOne of the first books I ever purchased on writing - alongside 'Writing the Breakout Novel' - is this one.
Don’t describe sunsets, don’t waste your plot ideas, don’t worry what mother will think and don’t just sit there!
When I read this book I find myself thinking many things:
'That’s a huge no-no I often spot in other people’s writing...and my own.'
'That’s a worry I have that I should really smother.'
'Why have I forgotten about this vital element? I need to put that in.'
Most of all, I learn a lot.
This book brings to light 38 common mistakes when writing fiction. There are so many books on writing that bring up what to do when trying to write good stuff but they often skim what not to do. This is where this book comes in handy. It’s a slim thing but it’s full of valuable points and thoughts.
This is a book that makes you think. I promise it will not make your eyes glaze over. It is definitely worth reading as it highlights a lot of points other books may be light on.
Don’t fret too much over what not to do, however. Remember, the important thing to do is to write. This is a great book to come back to when you are looking to edit your fiction, maybe not so much when you are on the first draft and worrying about whether you are doing everything right.