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The Practical Writer: From Inspiration to Publication

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Poets & Writers Magazine presents the one book that every writer needs on the journey from the writing studio to publication. An essential volume from an organization renowned for providing reliable advice, The Practical Writer is filled with valuable information that will help emerging writers make intelligent choices and professional decisions at every stage of their car ...more
Paperback, 366 pages
Published March 2nd 2004 by Penguin Group
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Dec 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I don't buy books about the writer's craft any more. Not since I picked up The Practical Writer.

Edited by Therese Eibe and Mary Gannon in conjunction with the staff of Poets and Writers Magazine, this volume covers everything from conceiving original ideas to successfully placing the finished manuscript with a publisher. It's not a 'how-to' manual with carefully planned 'Point A to Point B' steps, but rather a series of essays that help both emerging and veteran writers make intelligent and info
Drew Patrick Smith
Jul 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Writers Who Want to Get Published
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What I Liked: Most often, writing books feature articles and advice only on one of two things: either getting published or the act of writing itself. This book, however, manages to cover a variety of topics, and then introduce several new topics that aren't as frequently developed. Writing is not an easy field to be a part of, and I think this book does a good job of balancing lofty writing goals with sensible, down-to-earth advice about actually making a go of it.

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Katrina Sark
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
“Fiction vs. Nonfiction: Wherein Lies the truth?” by Helen Benedict

p.3 – [Fiction reveals] subjective truth of what it means to be a human being in the world. […] This sort of truth has always been the subject matter of fiction, because it is hidden from the public eye. It lies in secrets and private experiences.

p.4 – Fiction steps in where the ordinary articulateness of human beings fails. It gives the human soul a voice.

p.8 – Novelists never stop reporting. They spend their lives observing,
Erica Cosminsky Edwards
I have picked up several of these writing books that turn out to be compilations of essays. Every one of them in this book starts out with the same *clever* quip... "So you want to (insert essay topic)". Seriously thought an editor would have had that changed up. ...more
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a great reference for a variety of questions about the entire writing process, from the actual writing to publishing to teaching. It also has a large index including a list of grants and awards, conferences, and resources.
Charlene Smith
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fabulous book, masses of important practical information.

The best book on writing for real authors yet.
Dec 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: writers
A Reprints of many P&W articles; handy (except I read a bunch already!)
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Read this book not to learn how to write a novel, short story, poem, or article, but what to do after you've finished. I found the article on choosing titles especially helpful. ...more
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