10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Cheaper than a writing course - and much better,
By A Customer
This review is from: Keys to Great Writing (Hardcover)
I have read too many books about writing; most of them have been a waste of time. I would, however, recommend Dorothea Brande's "Becoming a Writer" for the encouragement you need to get your story out of your head and onto the page, and this one, "The Keys to Great Writing" for the skills you need to make sure that when you do, your words don't let you down. Not just for fiction writers, this book tackles the nitty gritty of writing - words, sentences and paragraphs - and shows how you can manipulate those elements to bring your writing to life. It teaches you what you thought couldn't be taught -elusive qualities such as rhythm, music, style. I was dubious when I first read the jacket copy as I'm writing a novel and the author, Stephen Wilbers, seems to have the most experience in journalism, but halfway through chapter one I realised that he knew what he was talking about. You can apply the advice in this book straight away and see the results straight away. I borrowed it off my Dad and unfortunately had to give it back as soon as I'd read it, but it's on my Christmas list. If your writing always seems "flat" on the page, read this book. I cannot recommend it highly enough!