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A Writer on Writing - Advice to Make You a Success [Kindle Edition]

Sally Jenkins
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Book Description

A writer who earns money from his work is not merely a wordsmith. A profitable writer knows how to manage his time, produce ideas from a blank mind and create a web presence, plus many more things besides.

A Writer on Writing will introduce you to these and a range of other skills useful to anyone hoping to make cash from their words.

Using her feature articles that have appeared in the UK writing press, Sally Jenkins looks at:

The self-discipline needed to write and stay focussed
A method of getting ideas
Tips on writing flash fiction
How to choose an educational course to help with your writing
Tips on writing anniversary articles
Tips on creating a backup of your work
How to decide on pseudonym
How to create a good first impression with an editor
Tips on starting a blog
The benefits of a writing buddy
How to write a novel in a month!

Above all, this little book will inspire you to get writing!

About the Author
Sally’s articles on writing-related topics have appeared in UK writing magazines and this book is based on a selection of these articles.
Her short stories have been successful in a range of competitions and magazines. She has published two anthologies of her fiction.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 469 KB
  • Print Length: 58 pages
  • Publisher: Tango Press; 1.0 edition (15 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C0GBRS6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #299,845 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Sally Jenkins is based in the West Midlands and writes part-time around her job as a computer programmer. She targets her short stories at a range of competitions and magazines. Sally also produces the odd article on writing-related topics.

When she is not tapping away at a keyboard, Sally enjoys Body Combat classes and church bell-ringing.

She would advise all would-be writers to join a local class or group. Writing is a frustrating, solitary pursuit and meeting other like-minded people is necessary to stop yourself going mad!

Sally offers a budget-priced critique service to new writers. Details can be found on her blog at

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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting & practical - perfect advice 4 April 2013
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Writing magazines, of which there are many, are packed with advice for writers at all levels. Often that advice can be a little overwhelming but this book is perfectly formed to feed the brain with digestible bites.

Sally writes from the experience of a published writer. But she hasn't forgotten how hard it is for a new writer to make that first step. Each article subtly informs without patronising.

From sourcing ideas to making time to write, Sally covers it all. Articles include quotes from other writers, all sharing their experiences that offer the unpublished writer a glimmer of hope.

Both fiction and non-fiction are covered, but much of the advice is universal. If you've yet to be published, then this is an excellent collection to inspire. And for the published writer? Some excellent tips to keep you on track and focused.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow advice from an experienced writer 23 Jun. 2013
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Having enjoyed Sally Jenkins' two collections of short stories and her blog, I thought I'd give this a go, although I wasn't particularly looking for another writer's guide to writing, as I'm an experienced journalist and writer myself. However, I found this a useful quick refresher course on lots of topics and picked up some handy tips that I'd never known before. Jenkins writes in a calm, friendly, authoritative manner and is a real voice of experience. Highly recommended for new writers and old hands alike.

Why not five stars? I felt it was a bit of a pot-pourri and, as she readily explains herself, brings together articles she's had published at different times in writing magazines. That made it feel a bit disjointed, but it's nonetheless a useful and worthwhile book, and very easy to read and digest. Definitely worth the very reasonable purchase price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Written with experience, from experience... 20 Aug. 2013
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I've read quite a few "How to Write" type books over the last few years, but I enjoyed this one because it was clear that the author was writing from relevant personal experience. Each chapter deals with an aspect of writing which is genuinely important to the modern writer, written in a style which is clear, easy to follow and neither patronising, nor daunting. It might be true that no-one can teach you to write, but an experienced writer can certainly point out some likely pitfalls and useful tips which can improve your chances of getting into print. Whether you've been scribbling for years, or you're completely new to writing, Sally's book will provide advice on technical skills, and ideas for pushing your own writing boundaries. I picked up a great tip I'd never thought of before, but I won't tell you what it is - you'll have to read it for yourself!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great advice for the aspiring writer 22 Jun. 2013
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This is a great book on how to approach writing and it contains lots of valuable tips - starting with the most important: Prioritise your writing time.

The style is conversational and easy to read and the examples provided exemplify the points made clearly.

There were a couple of chapters that I skimmed over - not being a non-fiction writer - but the advice provided is sensible, realistic and suitable for those individuals who have always wondered if they could be a writer, but are hesitant to know where to begin.

I would certainly recommend this to any new writers out there. Clear, concise and can be read in one sitting so as not to take up too much valuable writing time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Canny and concise 25 Jun. 2013
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A pertinent summary of the best writing advice from a "real" writer, working in today's multi-media environment and in a book that is bang up to the minute. Aspiring writers have so much information to choose from and a great deal of it written by writers who describe their personal strategies. These can be helpful, but what writers also need is a good summation of "Dos" and "Don'ts". This is a really useful, friendly and accessible self-help book that I shall keep with me at all times. With all those years of experience condensed into a collection of writing gems, the book is great value for money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A CLEAR AND HELPFUL GUIDE 5 Mar. 2014
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Reading this has brought me back with a jolt to the basics of incisive journalism. 'A Writer on Writing' benefits from being clear and to the point. A longer book would lead the reader into identifiying the key ideas, then noting or highlighting them for future reference. But this can be referred to repeatedly as a powerful stimulus to the idle and a source of sound ideas for both the aspiring and the experienced writer.
My only regret is that it is not available as a printed handbook.
If reading these reviews before deciding to download the book - hesitate no longer; read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pot pourri for writers 22 Jun. 2013
By AnnW
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Whether you are just starting your writing journey or have progressed some way along the trail you are certain to find something in this miscellany of tips to make you think and more importantly, act. I tried reading the book in one go but found I just had to stop to send off a quick letter to a magazine and then to get my work backed up before it met the fate of those featured - something I was convinced I had done more recently than six months ago! I think this is a book tht many will read at a sitting yet return to again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Advice you can really follow! 18 Aug. 2013
By Sarak
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If you’re not raring to get writing by the time you’re halfway through this book then you probably never will be. I turned it into a daily pep talk by reading a section a day at breakfast - it’s the perfect antidote to the frustration of putting writing on hold while minding the kids over the summer holidays.
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