A great book, I found the fastest way to write your book helpful.I's easy to understand And is a great referance book full of fresh new ideas whether a beginner or an experienced writer. It's a book you can refer to time after time and still get more out of it.
Dave Haslett has written a very useful reference here for all writers eager to find that book inside them on the outside, and preferably on a shelf in a bookshop. A master of fresh ideas, Haslett enables the incipient writer to fulfil their dreams with down-to-earth practical plans. His book helps you to plan, research and outline fiction or non-fiction. He has sound advice on how to make the time, from your busy life, to create worthy words other will pay to read. As a computer and technology expert, Dave Haslett informs the reader how to make the best use of the word processor and computer in your home. How to “cheat” ie making use of others and so not reinventing wheels! Many writers suffer from Writer’s block and a very useful chapter is devoted to that followed by tips on staying motivated. As an editor, I am always eager to read the comments by other professionals on how to edit. This book has such a chapter and it goes a valuable long way to helping nervous newbie writers to self-edit. None of this would be useful without a follow-up on how to market and sell your work. This is covered too. There is so much here, and I have not mentioned the useful Appendix with its What ifs lists to keep any writer stimulated. Dave Haslett has a subscription website and purchasers of this book are entitled to three months free membership. This is not just a book but an essential tool. I wish it was available to me before I started writing! I can honestly recommend this book.
This is one of those books that makes claims to help aspiring writers. I believe that it does exactly as it says on the tin. I bought this book recently and already I have two short stories written and an article away to the Guardian.
The book is written in user friendly style. The book begins with advice on your chair and writing desk through to producing a book per month.
All the steps are laid out in an easy and fun format. There are time and money saving tips in info boxes throughout the book.
At the end of the book Dave Haslett provides a voucher for his website,[...] Visit the site and get a feel for the depth of information and assistance provided by Dave. One little gripe here is having to send the voucher back by post instead of registering on line for the site. Other than that I recommend this book and know you will not be disappointed. It will become your writing handbook.
The great merits of this book are two-fold. Firstly, the author tells it as it is, wasting no time with hype or padding, just getting over the many facts and vast quantities of information he has assembled that a writer needs to know if they're going to write 'fast' and not fall down over the hard bits of writing. And, secondly, he divides it all up with bullets and section heads, photographs and diagrams, tips and hints in boxes. This means you can find any piece of information or advice again, immediately on flicking through. The result is an essential pre-read and an invaluable reference resource - right through to marketing your finished book. Just one example of the author's ingenious and useful advice: in the editing section he suggests getting friends to read through and rewarding them for any errors found. How simple, how brilliant. The whole book is like that. If you buy nothing else, get this one and get writing.
I have read so many books on how to write a book but this is the first that sets out clearly the steps needed. As a writer I am not very organised. Ideas whizz in and around my mind but I don't always take the steps I need to capture these ideas before they escape. This book takes you through the whole process of writing a book from idea to finished product, including a section on selling your book. It makes you want to start now and stick with it until the end. My book is progressing nicely. Thanks Dave.
I found The Fastest Way to Write your Book one of the best and easiest writing manuals there are. In plain language, with no frills, it does exactly what it sets out to do, and that is to instil self-discipline into the writer. Finding ideas for your story, planning, researching, editing and selling - it's all there. Writers block? Read chapter 16. Can't find the time to write? See chapter 8. A great book and although I've read it from cover to cover, I still refer to it constantly.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) wrote "If a man write a better book ... the world will make a beaten path to his door." What an incentive, but where to begin? A good place to start is with Dave Haslett's book.
Twenty chapters packed with hints, tips and advice, culminating in an Appendix offering 200 'what if...' ideas to kick start the muse and get that book written.
If the thought of sitting at your desk and writing 60,000+ words makes your spirits sag and your enthusiasm wilt, be encouraged. Books are broken down into chapters and the writing of a book can be broken down into manageable chunks.
Haslett's book offers techniques to guide you, from finding an idea, to refining it, building on it, editing, staying motivated and, finally, how to sell your book. An absolute mine of information and encouragement, written in easy to read plain language.
An outline of your book is crucial not only to keep you on track, but to show you where you are going and Haslett devotes a whole chapter to planning and outlining. Both fiction and non-fiction are covered
In fact, there is little that Haslett does not cover.
No time to write a book? Do not believe it. Chapter 8 is all about 'Finding time to write', budgeting and managing your time, and finding more time.
The best chapter for many writers will be Chapter 16 'Writers' Block'. Even professional writers can come up against a wall and grind to a halt. They, like the amateur, will benefit from Haslett's advice. Following one or several of his suggestions will get the pen moving again.
Write because you have a book to be written. Arm yourself with Haslett's book, find the time and within a few months you will be on the way to becoming an author.
The main reason I really like this book and recommend it to many people is that it makes me feel that I already have the ability to write a book. The difficulties I perceive are mere incidentals that can be resolved.
Since Dave Haslett wrote the book to first draft stage in twenty-three days, then it proves it is possible. The print is very easy to read. He uses ordinary language from which you can grasp the point immediately.
This book is genuine and authentic. I got the impression throughout that the author was cheering me on. He wants to know of my successful outcome as requested by him as early on as page three.
'The Fastest way to write your book' gets down to action immediately. Information is easy to access under the bold print sub-headings within the chapters. The information is succinct. Dave Haslett brings you right from the earliest stages to finally selling your book.
In Chapter Two, he reinforces all the wonderful reasons why one should write a book and write it fast. His enthusiasm is most encouraging.
I find the fact that Dave Haslett has so many ideas infectious and so it triggers a lot of ideas within me. I feel far more creative and my ideas flow more easily now.
I loved Chapter Eight - 'Finding time to write'. How we use our time is fundamental to achieving anything. The practical easy-to-implement suggestions given are very beneficial. They have empowered me to make new choices as to how I want to invest my time.
We can waste a lot of energy wondering whether we have enough ideas/knowledge/expertise, that we procrastinate on actually writing. Dave Haslett spells it out - Writers write. You learn by doing.
Dave Haslett's logical structured system makes success attainable. His guidance is given with genuine conviction. This book will give you the confidence to apply the knowledge you have and take action immediately.
The Fastest Way to Write Your BookThis book takes you from start to finish of writing your own book. If you are wondering whether you will achieve your dream of writing "that book" this should get you started. Pointing you in the right direction to get ideas, researching them, where to find the information and using knowledge you already have. Finding the time to do your writing and so much more. Supported on the author's website this is a must for any writer.
A lot of people start writing a book with enthusiasm and then it all fizzles out before they've got halfway through. Others want to write a book but think they'll never have the time.
By following the advice in this book you can plan sensibly and avoid the pitfalls - and write your book fast! Full of useful advice, it is arranged in easy-to-read sections. 'The Fastest Way to Write Your Book' should be on every writer's bookshelf.