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Dear Writer

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Many people wanting to write do not know where to begin.

Carmel Bird, author of three books of fiction, has taught writing to a wide audience and understands the difficulties facing the new writer.

Dear Writer, a collection of letters to an aspiring author, speaks on the one hand about writer's block, about plots, about publishers, and on the other hand, about the nature of
Paperback, 135 pages
Published 1988 by Penguin Books Australia Ltd
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Dion Yulianto
Buku lain ttg bagaimana menjadi penulis, tp lebih disempitkan lagi menjadi bagaimana menjadi penulis cerpen yang baik. bahasan dan contohnya menarik, penerjemahnya juga hebat, hanya saja materinya terlalu dikit. Satu tema hanya dibahas antara 2-3 halaman sehingga banyak hal lain yang belum terjelaskan. Bagusnya adalah penulis mampu menyoroti gimana emosi kita saat menulis, diantaranya mengapa begini dan mengapa begitu, mengapa judul itu penting dan mengapa kita harus menghindari menggunakan ...more
Owen Townend
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had never come across Carmel Bird prior to reading this book. I find there is a certain foolishness in taking advice from writers who are not widely known.

Nevertheless there is a lot of truth to this book. It sold me on its epistolary style and I found most of the advice quite reasonable, such as the importance of using only the most effective adjectives for a sentence or reconsidering curious secondary characters as the protagonist of the plot.

One thing I could not get on board with though
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing-guides
This charming, quirky and sometimes magical book for beginners unfolds as a series of letters from a fictional character called Virginia – not Woolf, but a professional manuscript assessor. However, Carmel Bird quotes Virginia Woolf (among others; especially Nabokov, Christopher Koch and Anaïs Nin). The epistolary format evokes a sense of intimacy not common in guides like this. In fact, over the years since I bought it I’ve hardly used it at all, partly because I could never find what I sought, ...more
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
A bit basic. I found Appendix II to be the most useful and interesting part of the whole book.
Dwisri Kurniadi
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cara Mrs. Carmel memberikan tips menulis dalam buku ini menarik sekali. Ia tidak menggunakan susunan paragraf baku, tetapi menggunakan susunan paragraf dengan gaya menulis surat kepada begitu. Caranya ini membantu kita memahami dunia fiksi, bagaimana bisa dikatakan penulis jika tidak menulis dengan tekun (?) Kalimat tiap awal bab yang berisi 22 bab ini berisi kutipan inspiratif dan penyemangat untuk pembaca yang juga jadi penulis bila baru pertama kali mencoba menulis fiksi, meski di setiap bab ...more
Jul 29, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
A good book with useful advice for writers, but I prefer more practical, technical books like Characters and Viewpoints by Orson Scott Card.
Jul 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published in 1988, some of the information is dated such as the talk of typewriters and the 'new' word processors. Plus, the publishing world is different 24 years later. Those couple of points aside, quite a bit of the writing advice is timeless and it was an enjoyable read.
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
one of the best books on fiction writing i've ever come across!
Lutfi Retno
Jun 08, 2008 rated it liked it
Isinya tentang tips menulis cerita fiksi. Di edisi bahasa Indonesia judulnya "Menulis dengan Emosi"

Sebelum baca aku ngarep bisa dapet cara menulis supaya menyentuh, sayang isinya nggak kaya gitu.
Jessica Morgan
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Easy reading for the budding writer. Every chapter is in letter form, short, and to the point.
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Cheyenne Blue
Feb 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
An op shop find (50c). A how-to-write book, presented as a series of letters to the wanna-be author. A good read, however there's nothing terribly new about this. To be fair, it was written in 1988.
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