- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Guardian Books (27 Sept. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 085265328X
- ISBN-13: 978-0852653289
- Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 2.1 x 18.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 503,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I especially enjoyed the first section, where authors give their tips for writing, my favourite being Neil Gaiman’s very direct advice – it’s one I might print out and stick to my desk so I can reread it whenever I’m feeling stuck or uninspired.
The second half of the book had authors talking about writing their books and getting them published. I loved Sue Townsend’s essay about writing Adrian Mole: when she was asked to send a synopsis, she didn’t know what to write and sent a school report for Adrian Mole instead, and got her book deal off the strength of that. I didn’t find this section quite as interesting, mostly because I didn’t know a lot of the authors or their books: they’re probably quite famous ones, but I mostly read YA and so wasn’t really familiar with them. It was still great to read about their inspiration and publication journeys though.
This is a great book to read for aspiring writers, especially when you’re feeling uninspired or need that extra bit of motivation.
After the essays there is a section entitled 'My Rules: do's and dont's from the greats' which I thought less helpful - most of it rather jokey and not much use - e.g. 'the way to write a book is to actually write a book.'(Thankyou, I knew that already). 'Prayer might help. Or reading something else...' Well, all right, some of these pieces are quite wise and funny - but I probably won't read them again.
But I repeat: the first part of the book is brilliant.
I’m not a huge fan of the often ubiquitous How to Write books that line the shelves of many a bookshop or public library. One of the few that I would give house room to and recommend gladly is the excellent (and original) The Way to Write by John Fairfax and John Moat.
Write is not a how to write book but a collection of essays, articles and top tips from a huge breadth of writers that will have you nodding in agreement or shaking your head with disbelief (but mostly the former). It is interesting both for readers, as an insight into their favourite writers, and as inspiration to anyone who is a writer.
Read it, keep it close to you, and refer to it often as gentle reminder as to why we are drawn to do what we must do.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I originally borrowed this book from the library, but found it so fun, useful and inspirational, that i had to buy my own secondhand copy in order to highlight quote and scribble... Read morePublished 22 months ago by WP
good book with lots of good tips. But what is Phil Daoust doing editing this book? Ok, so he gave Tim Minchin a bad review when he was young, and clearly was wrong.. Read morePublished on 24 April 2014 by Mr. L. D. Richards