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Wannabe A Writer?

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  150 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Wannabe a writer? This hilarious, informative guide to getting into print is a must-have for anyone who's ever thought they've got a book in them. Drawing on her own experiences as a British novelist and journalist, Wenham-Jones takes you through the minefield of the writing process, giving advice on everything from how to avoid Writer's Bottom to what to wear to your laun ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Other (first published October 25th 2007)
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Andy Carrington
Mar 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Thanks, Jane. You made me realise I don't wannabe a writer.
Jul 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, writing
Wannabe A Writer? is a how-to book put through the Bridget Jones filter. It’s pitched hard at an audience of middle-aged, middle-class women who might write a novel if they weren’t so fond of that second glass of wine every night.

Though intended as a rip-roaring antidote to stale writing books, the result is only occasionally amusing. (Maybe if it would be funnier if I were drunk? Sorry, I’m allergic to wine.) There are some useful writing tips to be found, along with cheering anecdotes from Wen
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Loved this book! So real and yet so many aspects to laugh along with.
This is here as a bookcrossing ring. I have to admit I wasn't familiar with the author, and might have enjoyed it more if I had been. I'm not sure I'd qualify it as "hilarious" (as the book reviews do), but it was often an entertaining read. As my writing ambitions are very much on the back burner, this is not overwhelmingly relevant at present, although I did enjoy parts of it.
I think the best writing advice I ever read, which is more or less also mentioned in some form somewhere in here (and
Lucia Gannon
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Funny, easy to read with some good information on how the world if publishing works.
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, read-2013, writing
Rather different to this average book about writing, this one is full of anecdotes, humour - some of it rather risque - and a great deal of advice to drink heavily and eat a lot of chocolate. Clearly not all to be taken seriously, but I found it very readable and quite inspiring in places. The author doesn't try to inflate her experiences or suggest that getting published is just a matter of hard slog and brilliance; nor does she focus on layouts or grammar or even how to construct plots. Instea ...more
Judie Holliday
Apr 16, 2010 rated it did not like it
Where's the option for no stars? This book was appallingly bad. The first 100 pages (and I'm being generous here) have some good tips scattered thinly in a lot of pap about drinking wine and being a miserable cow to your family. The drinking gets more space on the page than anything else. It soon becomes clear that the author has very few good ideas herself (plagiarise the plot is her frequent advice) and most of the good tips come from other authors. Even here, though, the book is thin. The sec ...more
Rebecca Smith
I enjoyed this book as well as gaining quite a few tips from it. It wasn't the meaningless manufactured slog that you usually get from books about writing. Not only did it engage you as if you were a friend, it provided tips on various areas of writing and the stages after that. I recommend it for anyone else who might be starting out as a writer.
Sarah Spelbring
Oct 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
It was a very fun and informative read. It covered many areas of writing and included things I had never even thought about. I would definitely read it over again and probably will, but now I'm contemplating buying her other book, which expands upon what this one started explaining.

Its a book that really made me think and periodically I had to the book down and write myself.
Seumas Gallacher
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mix in a load of clever writing, spice it with humour, garnish it with good solid "been there and done it' experience from a writer on how to to get published. Bring it to the boil and let it simmer... fabulous result and a road map for new writers . Loved this book
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and will read it often on my journey of discovery, I'm sure this book was written for me ;)

I have started reading it again now .... you always see something new that you maybe didn't see first time around.. Recommend few reads of it...
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent book on writing but unlike many very readable and funny and not at all boring. I especially liked the wine and writing association. I would recommend this to any writer as a stable book to read on the subject and one of my all time favourites.
Kirsty Ross
Oct 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing-shelf
This book kept me reading from cover to cover in one sitting! I have recommended it to all my writer friends from University and can't wait to read the sequel!

Informative, interesting and funny all in one sitting! xxxx
Elizabeth Ducie
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Get fun; written in Jane's inimitable style, but with some good hard sense underneath all the fun.
Pat Wood
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Very funny, very interesting and soooo helpful.
Read after Wannabe a Writer we've heard of? Both good.
Ross Mountney
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really nice hand to hold for authors like me who like someone else to tell them how to do it sometimes even though we've done it!!
Jul 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Very interesting so far
Steve Mitchell
Jul 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Not only is this a book full of very useful tips and guidance, it is actually very funny too; an entertaining read worth a look even if you are not planning on writing a novel.
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: writing-craft
I really want to like this book, but it was just another rah rah you can do it craft book. I didn't feel like I learned any new tips.
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Some excellent advice for newbie writers in this book, but where this stands out is how the information is imparted. This is a laugh out loud read and lots of fun even if you don't wannabe a writer!
Tilly Hunter
Sep 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Little of real substance. Beginner's stuff.
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Love her writing style. In fact, if she could sit on my sofa and chat with me, that would be great.
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Jane Wenham-Jones is the author of six novels – her latest is The Big Five O – and three non-fiction books. Wannabe a Writer? is a humorous look at the trials and tribulations of becoming a scribe and Wannabe a Writer We've Heard Of? is a how-to on PR and self-promotion. 100 Ways to Fight the Flab (and still have wine and chocolate) is full of useful tips to combat Writer's Bottom - an occupationa ...more