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Realism and Other Illusions (Wordcraft Speculative Writers Series Volume 25) Paperback – 31 Dec 2002


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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Wordcraft of Oregon; 1 edition (31 Dec. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1877655384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1877655388
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,682,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zoe King on 23 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
Because I receive so many books to review, my usual strategy is to read the first two or three chapters, then to skim-read the rest to get some idea of the overall flavour.
This book though let me know from the outset that it had no intention of letting me get away with that. From the minute I started reading it, it had me by the throat, demanding attention, demanding answers, insisting that I go back and re-read that section and consider my own position on it.
The book isn’t an instruction book per se, rather, it comes across as a philosophical study of the art and craft of fiction, yet it is a constant challenge to the thinking, and yes, a constant instruction.
Tom Kennedy pulls no punches, the writing is very personal, very direct and at times, I felt almost as though he and I were in the same room. As an editor, I’ve read a great many books on writing, and I’ve seen echoes of the positions he takes on the craft of writing, but I’ve never seen them argued so trenchantly, with so much passion, and as a result, with so much certainty.
In the section, Can I learn to write? he makes the point that learning to write, reaching what he calls ‘the place where the stories are’ takes time, and work, and involves a lot of learning and unlearning. And he says, when you reach that place, you will know, and that is when you will most benefit from good tutorials or workshops.
On writer’s block, he offers the following:
“Writer’s block is a simple refusal to accept the words your imagination - or whatever faculty - hands up into your consciousness.
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