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Not Bad, Not Great
on 17 April 2014
“Each writer only knows one set of truths, and those things are only true for that particular writer . . .”
Write Good Or Die is a collection of writing articles from a selection of published and unknown authors. The advice and subjects vary, as does their relevance. There’s no structure to the book: no unifying themes or thoughts or overarching point. It’s merely a mass of articles—some good, some bad—much like Lawrence Block’s Telling Lies but without the consistency, intelligence and wit of that book.
Much of the advice is obvious or clichéd and most aspiring authors will have already read or learned it elsewhere. However, a few pieces of gold can be found amongst all the rubble. Plus it’s free and a quick read, so it’s worth checking out. Just don’t expect for it to change your outlook on writing, or unlock a secret key to success.
Download it, skim it, then delete it and move on to something better.