New York : William Morrow, 2007.
Presents ten fundamental rules for aspiring writers to help avoid specific elements that can slow down the action and distract the reader.
LibraryThing member Kathleen517
Everyone should own this book.
LibraryThing member JMReinbold
Humorous. Great illustrations. "Rule #1: Do not start a book with the weather." Another is: "Leave out the parts people don't want to read." The "bottom line" of writing advice from an old school author for writers who want to make it to and stay on the Best Seller List and who want to sell books and make money (that's every author, right?). Most important point: author invisibility in the story. No "hoopdedoodle." Read it in 30 minutes. Useful to remind oneself of the basics, but overpriced at $14.95 (hb) For a more extensive look at these rules from another "old school" writer see Dwight Swain's "Techniques of the Selling Writer."
LibraryThing member shanaqui
Short and sweet. The points have been made in any number of ways, before and since, but the simplicity of this book really brings them across -- and the illustrations are amusing.
LibraryThing member MartinBodek
If I want to be a master, I must learn from the master. Good lessons learned. Curiously, one of the rules is something he breaks constantly. But no matter, I already strictly adhere to the other 9, so perhaps I'm on my way. This really shouldn't qualify as a book though. It's an article stretched between two hard covers to give the appearance of a book. Guess I'll have to read a 900 page book to make up for it.
LibraryThing member Cicero
I'll be brief. If I didn't, this review would be longer than the book itself. Pluses: It is packaged in an elegantly-designed, illustrated, hardcover book, printed on premium quality card-stock. It is well-suited for a gift. Minuses: I expected a book of ten essays. This is not that. There is very, very little content here. The "10 rules" could have easily fit in a "quote a day for writers" desk calendar, where it would not make it through half of January.
LibraryThing member hillcl
Short, sweet, and to the point - quite funny, actually.
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