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Paperback, 244 pages
Published 2019
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David
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wannabe writers, Clarion graduates, fans of Caribbean scifi
I haven't read any of Tobias Buckell's fiction, but I was vaguely familiar with him, and I read lots of books about writing by writers, hoping to be a writer, so I backed this on Kickstarter and read it over a few weeks on my phone when the first draft arrived.

This is a more personal book than a lot of writers' advice books. Buckell doesn't cover ground covered adequately in a hundred other books, like the basics of plotting, characterization, proofreading, etc. In that way, this book was refres
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Christopher Gerrib
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book when it was a Kickstarter project and I've bought other books written by Tobias Buckell, the author. In this book, he's collected a number of his thoughts and experiences on the subject of becoming a professional writer. This book is a helpful and accessible collection of useful writing advice, leavened with stories of his personal journey.

Tobias, in this book, focuses on the most important part of writing - doing what works for you. There is no one way one must write, and ev
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John
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, writing
Some excellent advice here, and timely as well, as I have an increasingly large slush pile which I need to start sending out. Taken piecemeal, each chapter is helpful, but as a whole it provides an extremely useful framework for kick-starting (or Kickstarting!) a writer's career. Buckell is a very good writer and the book an enjoyable read.
Todd
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very good how to on writing that approaches not just the craft but the life of the writer as well, the ups and downs, and with focus on specific techniques to level up. This is not a "philosophy of writing" book, this gives examples on what worked for the author over his career, and that they might work for you too.
Jaq Greenspon
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, e-book, writing
Some really great advice here. Some of it, for me, feels like preaching to the converted, but overall a really solid writing advice book. I got this through the Kickstarter and my only issue is I may have been reading the original pre-release because it was full of typos. I'll go back and check the updated version to make sure it was my mistake.
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Born in the Caribbean, Tobias S. Buckell is a New York Times Bestselling author. His novels and over 50 short stories have been translated into 17 languages and he has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, Prometheus and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Author. He currently lives in Ohio.

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