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On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner
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really liked it
bookshelves: owned, writing-books, non-fiction, read-in-2021

Some sound advice here. The first and longest section, The Writer's Nature, contains advice on not being overly pretentious from a man who actually sounds pretty pretentious. That being said, the part on pages 33-34 about 'show, don't tell' is probably the best I've read on the subject since King's "On Writing," and it's only a paragraph long. Pretty amazing. Thinking of copying it down to have beside me as I'm writing. Definitely a book any writer would benefit from reading.
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Reading Progress

October 17, 2011 – Shelved
October 17, 2011 – Shelved as: owned
October 17, 2011 – Shelved as: writing-books
January 1, 2021 – Started Reading
January 29, 2021 – Finished Reading
January 30, 2021 – Shelved as: non-fiction
January 30, 2021 – Shelved as: read-in-2021

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