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on 3 August 2006
I found this to be useless, and a complete waste of time and money. I only read about halfway through the book before I set it aside, and never could bring myself to return to it.
Writing, the book seems to go into great lengths to tell us, is something that brings great anxiety and fear to all of us whom want to write. You are not a writer, the message seems to be, unless you come to your keyboard, or pen, trembling with anxiety and fear.
The only thing this book did for me was to make me wonder "Why on earth would I WANT to even bother?" To subject myself to an art which I must conduct in a state of terror, in order to consider myself any good.
I didn't find this book very helpful at all. Most writing books I've read at least leave me enthusiastic to put what I've read into practice, feeling a little more assured of myself. This book didn't do much, except perhaps bore me so much that I was driven back to my keyboard to write again.
Maybe I am just not the type of writer that this book is aimed at. When I brought this book, I kept running into bouts of writer's block and would find myself getting quite anxious about my writing, and I hoped that this book would help me consider the cause (and help suggest solutions) to them. But in fact, this book just didn't seem to do anything for me.