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The No Rules Handbook for Writers (know the rules so you can break them) [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Goldman
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The No Rules Handbook for Writers is a timely, creative and refreshing antidote to prescriptive guides for writers. It will inspire playwrights, screenwriters and novelists; offer fresh insights to teachers, editors, dramaturgs, directors and producers.

"Lisa Goldman’s book is like the best of British new writing: it is personal, well-written, clearly thought out and resonant. Its advice is passionately felt but perfectly controlled. And its ideas sing and inspire." – Aleks Sierz (author of In-Yer-Face Theatre)

Lisa Goldman takes 40 established conventions of creative writing. She explores why these rules persist, how to master them, bend or break them and why the most important rules to overturn are your own. The book weaves together industry experiences, psychological observations and inspirational tips. It also contains practical advice from 40 rule-breaking writers including:

Hassan Abdulrazzak, Oladipo Agboluaje, Ronan Bennett, Sita Bramachari, Trevor Byrne, Anthony Cartwright, Matthew Greenhalgh, Tanika Gupta, Neil Hunter, M.J. Hyland, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, Dennis Kelly, Bryony Lavery, Chris Paling, Stacy Makishi, Neel Mukherjee, Hattie Naylor, Anthony Neilson, Kim Noble, Tom Palmer, Lucy Prebble, Philip Ridley, Paul Sirett, Edmund White, Roy Williams.

The No Rules Handbook for Writers will be a valuable addition to the bookshelves of anyone curious about the craft, context and process of writing.


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'Lisa Goldman's book is like the best of British new writing: it is personal, well-written, clearly thought out and resonant. Its advice is passionately felt but perfectly controlled. And its ideas sing and inspire.' --Aleks Sierz (author of In-Yer-Face Theatre)

'Feisty, helpful, liberating stuff' --The Stage

'Full of sensible advice' --Lyn Gardner, Guardian

About the Author

Lisa Goldman has developed, directed and produced a remarkable body of influential new writing which has won or been nominated for every major UK playwriting award. Until recently she was the Artistic Director of Soho Theatre and previously the Red Room. She is also a writer.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1593 KB
  • Print Length: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Oberon Books Ltd. (2 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZRAUNI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #162,061 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, helpful insights, hilarious reviews 2 Nov. 2012
By Marvo
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Think this is well written and highly usable. I need to reread it really to have a good sense of how applicable the advice is to me as a writer but overall I think it's well worth a look. Reading McKee completely freed me up to write - not to write well, perhaps, but to write at all. I like the stance of this book mostly for this reason - it's not trite old rehashing from people who talk but don't DO.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Common Sense but worthwhile 2 Jan. 2013
By Tomred
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Even though it's pretty much common sense,I still keep this book on my kindle and refer back to it occassionally.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This has changed my writing for good 25 April 2012
By Chris B
Format:Paperback
This is an inspirational book, which is packed with practical suggestions. I have read several books on how to write, but never one like this! Lisa Goldman has an original approach and a fresh distinctive voice with an energetic thrust. Rules and how to break them are garnered from the author's own experience in the field and I loved the contributions from many living writers. This is a handbook I know I'm going to refer to again and again when I'm writing. Due to the clear print and the layout, it appears (and is) easy to read, but there is much wisdom and commonsense between the covers!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and encouraging 30 April 2012
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This is a very enjoyable read from cover to cover and equally useful as a reference work. The author manages to be knowledgeable, with lots of in depth examples, but at the same time accessible and friendly. The approach is very balanced, with reasons given for adherence to the "rules" as well as the benefits of breaking them. This gives the reader a sense of empowerment and is encouraging to anyone taking their first steps as a writer, although there is plenty here to interest experienced practioners as well. Excellent.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource for Writers 26 May 2012
By mj
Format:Paperback
Guidebooks for writers might seem numerous, but ones like this are absolutely necessary. Goldman has a fantastic, relaxed and enjoyable to read style, and her rules (or her rules to break) are functional and useful. I liked the way she uses so many examples and quotes; it's easy to put ideas into context and see what she means. Particularly, I found her chapter on monologues and individual character voices to be very useful, as was the chapter on structure (which can often be forgotten in lieu of having fun creating characters!). This book is worth reading because it isn't pretentious at all, which is refreshing to find; it's simply helpful, entertaining, and would definitely be of great comfort to writers who feel a little lost. Here's hoping it inspires many, and good books are produced as a result of it.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The No Rules Handbook for Writers 1 May 2012
By Jess
Format:Paperback
Brilliant! This book's as readable as a novel and I couldn't put it down! I recommend

it to all writers and would-be novelists like myself, who are either fearful of breaking

literary "rules", or who are generally confused about identifying them in the first

place! The author has something - in fact - a lot to say and gives a totally new

perspective on the processes of writing.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By CAPATAZ
Format:Paperback
So many Writers "how to' books want you to join the dots with rigid rules about what makes good writing. Lisa Goldman encourages you to trust yourself by finding what it is you have to say and then learning to write it in your own way by finding your own unique voice.
Wonderful quotes from a diverse group of writers.
Written by someone who truly cares about the writer's process.
Right up there with Truby and Mckee.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 29 Nov. 2012
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Fantastic and very helpful...I bought this for my son to help him and it will be very useful to all budding writers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars different
It felt a bit hollow and I'm not sure how much I got out of it, though it was a good idea. I think this would perhaps be more useful to a playwright as most examples focus on this.
Published 20 months ago by Amy Kinmond
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Fantastic book, full of real insight. Brilliant for reassuring you that no matter what you're writing, it's right! Love the book and will dip into it again and again. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Adam O'Brien
1.0 out of 5 stars not a review - a moan
This book may be inspiring - it has inspired at least 12 people who have never reviewed anything else on Amazon to give it 5 stars. Read more
Published on 2 Nov. 2012 by J. A. West
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book for anyone passionate about playwriting
This is an absolutely fantastic book which I highly recommend for anyone who is passionate about playwriting - whether they are playwrights, directors or, like me, literary... Read more
Published on 9 July 2012 by Sarah Dickenson
5.0 out of 5 stars An Extraordinary Work
The No Rules Handbook for Writers is an extraordinary piece of work which manages to combine succinct and accessible summaries of principles, (McKee in a paragraph! Read more
Published on 3 July 2012 by Sheila Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars Salt of the Earth
An easy to read, funny, straightforward, sensible and inspirational book for writers at all stages of their career. Read it right through and continue to dip in and out. Read more
Published on 13 May 2012 by terrib
5.0 out of 5 stars A Novel Approach
In my experience books on the subject of writing are often more confusing than constructive as they pull in so many different directions . Read more
Published on 13 May 2012 by Jen
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and very accessible book!
I'm loving this book! Lisa Goldman shares with us her unique insight into the process of developing new writing, and as an actor with an interest in reading and interpreting plays,... Read more
Published on 13 May 2012 by T
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