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Writers on Writing Volume 1 - 4 Omnibus: An Author's Guide Paperback – November 26, 2016
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This is Writers on Writing - An Author's Guide where your favorite authors share their ultimate secrets in becoming and being an author.
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The Infrastructure of the Gods by Brian Hodge
The Writer's Purgatory by Monique Snyman
Why Rejection is Still Important by Kevin Lucia
Real Writers Steal Time by Mercedes M. Yardley
What Right Do I Have to Write by Jasper Bark
Go Pace Yourself by Jack Ketchum
A Little Infusion of Magic by Dave-Brendon de Burgh
Confronting Your Fears in Fiction by Todd Keisling
Once More with Feeling by Tim Waggoner
Embracing Your Inner Shitness by James Everington
The Forgotten Art of Short Story by Mark Allan Gunnells
Adventures in Teaching Creative Writing by Lucy A. Snyder
Submit (to psychology) for Acceptance by Daniel I. Russell
Character Building by Theresa Derwin
Heroes and Villains by Paul Kane
Do Your Worst by Jonathan Winn
Creating Effective Characters by Hal Bodner
Fictional Emotions; Emotional Fictions by James Everington
Home Sweet Home by Ben Eads
You by Kealan Patrick Burke
The art of becoming a book reviewer by Nerine Dorman
Treating Fiction like a Relationship by Jonathan Janz
How to Write Killer Poetry by Stephanie M. Wytovich
Happy Little Trees by Michael Knost
In Lieu of Patience Bring Diversity by Kenneth W. Cain
Networking is Scary, but Essential by Doug Murano
Are You In The Mood? by Sheldon Higdon
What if Every Novel is a Horror Novel? by Steve Diamond
Description by Patrick Freivald
A First-Time Novelist's Odyssey by William Gorman
I Am Setting by J.S. Breukelaar
Finding Your Voice by Lynda E. Rucker
Learn the craft of writing from those who know it best.
- Publisher : Crystal Lake Publishing (November 26, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1684187591
- ISBN-13 : 978-1684187591
- Item Weight : 11.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.06 x 0.7 x 7.81 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,911,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Writers on Writing Volume 1 – 4 Omnibus: An Author’s Guide, Crystal Lake Publishing gives us just such a book and they do so in spades, bringing together a collection of essays from an eclectic gathering of authors from all walks of life and every branch of the profession you can imagine. Here you’ll find excellent guidance and advice from horror authors, poets, screenwriters and editors, all of whom excel in their chosen field and who bring together years of experience and talent culminating in a referential volume that you’ll find yourself turning to again and again in your writing adventures, no matter what kind of writing you do. With articles about pacing from the great Jack Ketchum, poetry advice from horror’s young phenom Stephanie M. Wytovich, a brilliant essay on the relationship between heroes and villains by Paul Kane, and an outstanding piece on setting from J.S. Breukelaar just to name a few, you can’t go wrong with this exceptional collection of wisdom by some of our favorite genre writers, poets, and editors, as well as a great essay on book reviewing by Nerine Dorman.
In addition to those already mentioned, you’ll also find work by such greats as Mercedes M. Yardley, Tim Waggoner, Kealan Patrick Burke, and Lucy A. Snyder. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. When it comes to books like this, you could do much worse, but you couldn’t find much that’s better than this. Every piece in here is rock solid, based on concrete knowledge and experience, and all extremely useful. There is zero fluff to be found here, but you will find a plethora of wisdom on just about any writing subject you can imagine. Highly recommended for both new authors and more experienced authors looking to hone their skills.
There seems to be endless how-to essays and books on writing. I’ve read a handful and numerous blog posts, much of the time these read like reheated supper. This had some reheated supper, sure, but, like lasagna, sometimes the re-issuing of a dish has more impact than the first run.
From the initial book of this omnibus –and by far the strongest and most generally insightful portion– it proves a valuable expenditure of time. Often, horror related essays on writing touchback to a particularly revealing and helpful memoir by Stephen King, aptly titled On Writing. The technical side of it anyway. The authors of this collection also make notes and direct quotes themselves, but it did not feel like regurgitation. There was application to it.
What the first book of this omnibus excels at above the others is entertainment. It is one thing to write a operation/repair manual, it is another to ensure that thing holds the attention of the reader. Holding attention is the only way to convey a message.
The second book of the omnibus loses some of the momentum with a pair of essays seemingly written by authors wanting nothing more than to shower themselves in praise and shill copies of their works –see what I did here, and here, oh and what about how awesome I did it there? This noted, most were fine and a few were stronger than that.
The third book shifts to an all-new tone, clear and narrow, the essays cast light over the intention and in the case of one essay, Hal Bodner’s Creating Effective Characters, entertainment, information and accessible placement of information roll together wonderfully. The third is also where the collections break away from honing skills on paper to focus on skills aside from writing, something that comes up –in useful and realistic terms– far less often.
The fourth focusses on many of the lesser discussed items. It is more in-depth than the previous in a particularly technical standpoint. Subjects of less glamor than characters and setting, but no less important, receive the full objective treatment.
Overall, I was impressed and in the case of a handful I felt veils lifting behind questions I hadn’t known I had, which is truly helpful –imagine if you read the frequent screw-ups by other weekend carpenters before trying buying the tools and supplies to into a deck on the back of your house and had the chance to apply their knowledge, you might have a deck you could stand on!
As a collective –beside the self-aggrandizing bits– Writers on Writing is a wealth of knowledge presented in a readable package, and made interesting by a horror leaning and the sensibility to know reader still needs a little something-something more than blueprints and checklists. Definitely of more value than the price tag and in some cases, one of few truly honest sources of information when it comes to the indie horror world.
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A must for anybody thinking of setting up a writers' group. Highly recommended.
I liked the conversational tone of most of the writers and the level of intelligence and generally well-used vocabulary. A minor quibble would be that most of the writers in this collection speak with a masculine voice. Interesting that the final essay "Finding your Voice" was written by a woman and spoke most clearly to me.