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Okay for beginners but there are better choices
on 23 April 2016
It's okay for writers who not only want to improve their work but also think about getting published and therefore have to learn about the market.
The information is clear and useful.
Unfortunately, the author sees himself too much as an expert while simultaneously talking about things in a way that shows that he has not real understanding of them. For example, he treats Joseph Campbell's "Hero with a 1000 Faces" as if it was only useful for fantasy and was only about story structure, while in reality the book is about much more than just writing (and much more recommended for writers, if you haven't read it so far!). How could Bingham not notice the complete 2nd half of this book? It looks as if he knows it only from hearsay, which I hardly can imagine.
In short, it's the same flaw that taints Rober McKee, who at least has written a much more recommendable work (even if you're not into screenwriting) and therefore has more "right" to be that cocky.
Okay as a starter book. Really useful, it helped me understand publishers and make up my mind inhowfar I want to go with the market.
Experienced writers or those who already have a good stack of reliable books on writing should be careful - it might not tell you anything new and it gets a little irritating what with the mini-McKee trip.