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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2014
I have a masters degree in creative writing and am a veteran of writing courses and by now should know most of what there is to know about writing but I found this book invaluable. I purchased it on Kindle because I had stopped writing and was desperate for inspiration and having read it, I have been reminded to stop waiting for inspiration and get on with it. The most useful advice is to know what you're going to write tomorrow today, ie, have some idea of what you want to write next. Instead of thinking I'll focus on this tomorrow, I actually sit in bed, think about where the story is, then think about where it needs to go, and write out a sketch of the next scenes. This makes all the difference. When I sit down to write, I am no longer overwhelmed or daunted by a blank screen because I know what I'm going to write and start writing straight away.

I have not checked my wordcount as I want to ease myself into the process but I feel confident that I'm nearly up to two thousand words a day and, most importantly, that my story is developing as it should. This book does not contain anything I don't know or shouldn't have learnt over the years but it is well written and to the point which makes all the difference. I am sure that further readings will reveal further advice and guidance.

This book is useful for a writer at any stage of their writing development and will definitely be my go-to book if my confidence starts to wane.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 25 November 2013
I picked up this book and I really didn't think it would help me because I thought I wasn't like these are the people who could be insanely productive. But sure enough I have applied some of the principles that the author has recommended and I have improved as a result. I'm not writing 2000 words a day but some days I get pretty close, and that's much more than I used to!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is a modern and accessible summary of some well-established techniques about writing. I think it is fair to make some comparisons because I assume you are reading reviews to find out whether the book will deliver the particular result you are looking for. If you are looking for help with writing your novel and wanting to develop your plot and work out how to intrigue and introduce characters and all those clever things that keep people turning pages then this is not your book. I apologise for not being able to make a recommendation for you but this book is suited to people with subject knowledge who want to get their know-how onto paper in an orderly way. It is also not a book about the whole process from the germ of an idea to book-signing in Waterstones.
What the book does do is examine all the things that have stopped you or will stop you from putting down that knowledge you possess. The author looks at environmental factors, where and when you should write. In doing so, there are a few repetitive plugs that look to be there to attract a search engine. Like most of these books there is insistence on first producing the framework so that writing becomes a matter of then filling in the content underneath the subheadings. 2000 words a day tackles productivity as its niche since however knowledgeable you are you have to get those words down. The author’s technique is to have different writing heads. When the objective is to produce a stream of words you do just that. You type or scribble away whilst keeping your inner critic locked away. You don’t fret about choosing apt phrases, correcting punctuation or facts or spelling since this is the first draft. The work comes in the second and third drafts and some people then have the luxury of enlisted volunteer or professional help to edit, clean up and steer the book into the masterpiece you are aiming for. The author uses 15 habits to steer you which are sound and there is nothing unusual, controversial or leading edge in the book. It is essentially like a quick start guide to writing, so kindle owners in particular can order and within a few minutes can be reading and writing down ideas as they read. That was certainly my experience and I hope it works for you too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2014
A good guide to planning the writing of a book. My only criticism is that the author's understanding of the roles of editors and proofreaders is unconventional. An editor usually works on a near-final draft of the manuscript (before layout stage), but a proofreader checks a proof just prior to publication, as the name suggests. Authors would do better to find professional editors and proofreaders through the Society for Editors and Proofreaders than via Elance or similar if they want to be certain of the standard of work they are paying for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2014
Very well written, with detailed information and numerous suggestions to establish a writing habit which will stick. As a reformed procrastinator, I heartily recommended this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2015
The book makes a couple of interesting points but it is trite, superficial and uninspiring on the whole. Indeed, it doesn't feel like the author has put a lot of thought into the advice he gives. It contains gems of advice such as that you need to maintain high energy levels to write well. Really? And to achieve this you should make sure to exercise, eat healthily and sleep well. No kidding.
I guess this is what happens when you try to write too much in a single go (the author claims he writes 2,700 words per day and that he spends about 1 hour a day writing): the quality suffers. In fact, the main point I got out of his book is to take his advice with a big pinch of salt.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 June 2014
This book is packed with useful tips. Although I have read lots of books on the same topic, to try and get over my customary indolence when it comes to writing, this is one I shall be re-reading. He doesn't guarantee the 2000 words per day (it turns out I have to write them myself), I feel sure his advice will help my planning as well as my output. Recommended.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 17 September 2013
Another hugely inspiring book from Steve Scott. I have bought several of Steve's books recently .Again I have not been disappointed with the depth and insight. A born teacher.
This book will be a regular source of reference for me.All aspiring writers should buy a copy.Not too long and with plenty of further reading suggestions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2015
Some really good tips, presented succinctly and logically. Highly recommended for anyone struggling to find time to write every day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2014
Great book as always from Steve Scott. Using this technique to get into a routine and it works really well for me.
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