I had expected this book to help me gain some writing advice as well as reading with more of a writers eye. But that's not what I got. What I got was 26I had expected this book to help me gain some writing advice as well as reading with more of a writers eye. But that's not what I got. What I got was 260+ pages of analyzing loooong paragraphs (some were 5 pages long!), from some of Prose's favorite authors, a lot of fan girding over their brilliance and description of these stories. Which apart from not really being helpful or inspiring was also rather boring. I'm sure some of these stories and authors are rather good, and as a companion book or help in understanding this literature Proses book might have worked well. In this case I just found it misleading and tiring. Not really what I bargained for, I'd say. ...more
This was very helpful in getting me started on and into the workings of the book I've been writing in my mind for, oh, about the last 4 years now! ThiThis was very helpful in getting me started on and into the workings of the book I've been writing in my mind for, oh, about the last 4 years now! This book managed to trick me into actually getting some of those thoughts on paper, as well as some new ways to go about it I hadn't thought of. For that I applaud it.
On a second note it made me realize a lot about myself as a reader too, and why some stories and the way they are being told simply don't work for me. A few examples would be, when the whole machinery of a story is too apparent and forced and the characters feel like pawns or puppets and not as acting of their own accord. Or if the timing or structure is off, and too much is revealed too soon, or not enough, or too late. Or when characters just don't seem real, authentic, flawed or interesting.
Now, this is a rather thick book,mand a big part of this book is the examples that Truby uses, where he uses his own method on other peoples works and analyses them. This is slightly problematic because 1) it becomes a bit repetitive 2) I'm not familiar with many of the examples Truby is giving and 3) Well, it's a backward analysis, on other peoples works, and Truby could be wrong and just trying to make the shoe fit. No doubt several of the stories he refers to are great works, but you can't be sure they are great works because they follow Rrubys formula of story writing. At least I feel like there's more to their magic than just that formula, and that there is more to great storytelling than just these steps. That doesn't mean this book want helpful to me, it really was! It gave me some tools to work from, to position me and my story around, to contemplate. I will not be strictly following Trubys formula, but I do feel inspired by them, and for that I am very grateful :) But this book will not be the last book I've read bout writing. The journey doesn't stop here as Truby himself states at the end of the book. But instead of retreading this book, I will be venturing on to other books. ...more
I liked Hugo's honest approach and his attitude to teaching; that each student must find their own voice and style. But... There were too many placesI liked Hugo's honest approach and his attitude to teaching; that each student must find their own voice and style. But... There were too many places where I felt like Hugo went off on some irrelevant (to me anyway) tangent, rambling on and on about pointless (to me anyway) something(s) and I had to skim through those parts to get to the final page. ...more
In this book Anne Lamott gives some good advice about writing, and add's stories from her own life and examples.
Sometimes a little too many examplesIn this book Anne Lamott gives some good advice about writing, and add's stories from her own life and examples.
Sometimes a little too many examples and stories, for my taste, that I didnt find all that interesting, and sometimes just diverted from the subject at hand a little too far.
Anne Lamott is often funny, but many a joke or comparison includeded celebrities and tv-shows that perhaps not everybody is familiar with me (I wasn't) and then it sort of falls to the ground. Flat.
I found the book worth the read though, because when Anne Lamott is good, she's really good, and her advice are honest and helpful, for a writer state of mind.
I especially enjoyed her thoughs on the proces of just getting around to writing, anything, perfection demands aside to begin with; getting to know your characters; finding inspiration inside and around you, which requires you to open your eyes, and listenning.