Release the Bats: Writing Your Way Out Of It
When DBC Pierre burst onto the scene in 2003, he arrived with no particular literary education. Finding he had something to say, he made the journey solo to that place where dreams and demons live, to try and turn feelings into words.
Part biography, part reflection and part practical guide, Release the Bats explores the mysteries of why and how we tell stories, and the cra...more
I enjoyed the frankness of this book and the simple straightforward way the author suggests a good course to chart. He makes good observations and brings in other authors' ideas to help. One concept which is always hard to get across a meaning is "Show not tell". I have heard it said many times in writers groups but only now have a good des ...more
Sadly quite a lot.... There is not enough biography to be truly understand the man and not enough nuts and bolts to understand his craft. Having said that, it ...more
This proved accurate though not quite in the way that I was hoping. This is just as much a Gonzo autobiography as it is a guide to storytelling. The Go ...more
Inside this book are hidden so many gems, and I have to admit, the author of Vernon God Little has, in this unassuming little book, handed all the keys over to writing a Vernon God Little - all it ta ...more
And honestly I would buy my own copy. If only for the tactile bats on the cover…
It’s good. But it’s not your standard writing advice book. He writes little short stories about his life and kind of explains how you could (or couldn’t) write fiction based on the same incident.
It’s often been said that truth or life is stranger than fiction, and I know in my own ...more
From this, the book settles down into more practical matters: structure, character ...more
I liked how realistic he was about how the writing processed has actually worked for him, rather than an idealised version.
I found interesting the idea of taking any small story as the germ of the writing process
Though some may find his style of writing too philosophical if they were expecting a simple how-to book, I think it forces one to actually think about w ...more
The 20% I didn't like? The chapter on drugs. One word. Naff.
Pierre was awarded the Booker Prize for fiction on 14 October 2003 for his novel Vernon God Little.
He is the third Australian to be so honoured, although he has ...more