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The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell
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Five Things About...The Art of War for Writers

1. This is not a hippy 'write from your heart' kind of book. If that's what you're looking for, pick up 'Bird by Bird' or 'The Tao of Writing.' It's about what it takes to be a professional writer.

2. Every now and then you read something that actually tells it like it is for writers. This does that extremely effectively. It isn't overloaded with cynicism, but it does mean to speak to those who intend to live off their words.

3. It's a great book for reading in nice chunks. The sections are very short, very pointed.

4. Read it in whatever order you think you need to read it in. I spent a lot of time pouring over the first and third sections, which focus on fixing your attitude as a writer and facing the world of publishing.

5. "Onward. Keep fighting. Keep writing."
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