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Equal parts instructive and entertaining
on 13 December 2012
An excellent book packed with great advice by a host of great authors (authors who, crucially, write in a wide range of styles and genres). There's a fantastic set of 'top ten tips' from the likes of Hilary Mantel, Will Self, Roddy Doyle and Michael Moorcock (which aren't po-faced - they're fun to read in their own right), lots of essays on the craft (each covering a different aspect) by writers as various as DBC Pierre (on dialogue), Kate Mosse (on plot) and MJ Hyland (on revising and rewriting), and, perhaps my favourite section, a fascinating set of essays collected under the title 'How I Wrote...', in which authors describe the trials, tribulations and triumphs they went through while working on a particular novel (Martin Amis discusses the writing of Time's Arrow, and, amongst others, there's Sue Townsend on The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 1/4, AS Byatt on Possession, Charles Frazier on Cold Mountain, Terry Pratchett on Unseen Academicals). This is a wonderful little book, equal parts instructive and entertaining.