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5.0 out of 5 stars Does not have everything, but has a lot., 6 Aug 2009
This review is from: The Creative Writing Coursebook: Forty Authors Share Advice and Exercises for Fiction and Poetry (Paperback)
40 writers share advice, and they share very good advice at that.

The book offers some of the following:

How to start writing and keep writing
Reading and Research
Training the eye
Showing and Telling
Developing Character
Point of View
Setting
Plot
Rereading and Revising
Advice on Publishing

I believe this book could have offered more technical detail, i.e. like on different types of character dialogue; more on different methods of character development, direct and indirect; creating fictional time...

However there are many strong points to this book and you receive an eclectic range of advice from experienced writers and teachers. I think the power of this book lies in showing you how stories work and inspiring you to write your own, and that it is possible for you to write your own. As the book says:

'The biggest misapprehension about writing is that it is as instant and effortless as its master practitioners would have us believe. It is not for them, and it is not for anyone. It is hard. It is a process. A novel never slithers out whole like some clever-eyed prodigy. It is made, not born.'

So this book teaches you that writing is a craft and has to be learned and after reading this book you will be well on your way to creating this craft. And as the inspiring Paul Magrs cleverly adds 'Remind yourself that anyone learning a craft has to practice and waste materials as they learn. But our materials are relatively cheap - paper, pens. At least we're not cutting diamonds or stained glass. One slip of the pen and you haven't blown a fortune.'

This book was very helpful and inspirational. I definitely recommend it to beginning writers. And remember my fellow writers 'that no one can write exactly as you do. You are the unique product of a unique life history. So if you don't write this text and in your own particular way, then no one else ever will.'
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