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Writers on Writing Vol.2: An Author's Guide Kindle Edition
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Tales from the Darkest Depths
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"Oh mygosh!! Can you imagine sitting down with a respected author and being able toask 'How do you do it?' Well, that's exactly what this feels like when reading this book. Whether an author or just a fan of the writtenword, you will be amazed at the thought process of each contributor." -Horror Novel Reviews
"Some more helpful insightsfrom published authors on their own processes. It is like sifting a gold mine."- Goodreads Review
"This is a great little book on the nutsand bolts of writing. I was delighted to read that there are more volumes inthe future. I'll be on the lookout for them, and so should you." - Nancy M. Scuri
- ASIN : B017OESWO0
- Publisher : Crystal Lake Publishing (November 5, 2015)
- Publication date : November 5, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2875 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
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- Print length : 65 pages
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Brian continues his advice for writers with signposts 7-11 of “The Infrastructure of the Gods: 11 Signposts for Going All the Way” in Writers on Writing: An Author’s Guide Vol 2 (November 2015). Bottom line: If you want to play the game, first learn the rules and then play nice.
Lucy A. Snyder is a fine short story writer and an excellent teacher of the art and craft. In “Well, that Escalated Quickly”, Lucy talks about her own struggles to organize and conduct classes that matter. She is open and honest about her own processes and self-doubts. I found her essay interesting, but academic.
Daniel I. Russell’s “Submit (to Psychology) for Acceptance” tackles the psychological reasons for submitting to anthologies, magazines, and contests. Writers, like everyone else, exhibit self-serving biases and self-handicapping behaviors. We all display an internal or external locus of control in our writing and in our acknowledgements of acceptance and rejection. An external locus of control can lead to learned helplessness as an “out for failure.” Russell suggests that writers should “know thyself” and what makes us act and react the way we do as a way to write better and stay in the game.
Paul Kane talks about crafting conflict between heroes and villains. Theresa Derwin talks about building characters from real-life observations. Jonathan Winn talks about overcoming the dreaded writer’s block. Mark Allan Gunnells discusses the short story. James Everington talks about first drafts and the art of revision.
It’s always helpful to learn how other writers do it, and to realize that you’re not alone. Writing is a solitary profession, but all good writers build on what other’s writers have achieved. Not only do we need to read fiction voraciously (good and bad fiction alike), but we need to read about what other writers have learned so we don’t have to reinvent the wheel and we can pick up where other writers leave off.
You have James Everington telling you it’s okay to write crap! Yes! It is okay. Don’t sweat the small stuff while writing that first draft. Just get everything down on paper, then he explains how and why that works, and how to take that first draft and start molding it into a finished product.
Mark Allan Gunnells writes about my favorite..the short story. You don’t have to write a full-length novel to be considered a serious writer. There is an art to telling a short story, a way to capture the reader and engage them in the story being told.
Hah, and Theresa Derwin, she has a novel way of building characters. By observing everyday people, she can imagine a whole new life for them. And, it really works! Since reading this, I have found myself looking at fellow patrons of restaurants, events, etc. in an entirely different way (if they only knew, LOL).
When you read the piece by Jonathan Winn, you’ll surely laugh out loud. Jonathan talks about the one thing every writer dreads..’writer’s block.’ Jonathan puts it into perspective. A way, that works for him, to get past that dreaded block. Is it a guarantee? No, but it is a way that works for him, and could very well work for you.
Brian Hodge, gives fatherly advice on how to get past negativity. It doesn’t matter how renowned you are, you are always going to face criticism. Is it the end of the world that not everyone loves your work? Of course not!
Lucy A. Snyder, Daniel I. Russell, and Paul Kane, also share excellent tips, from how to teach creative writing, to submitting your story, to creating the protagonist vs. the antagonist.
Just as in volume 1, these are tips from authors that have found success in writing. Tips that will help you get started in the writing profession. What works for one, may not always work for another, but collectively you are presented with enough ideas to get you going. As a reader, you get a peek of the inner thought process that produced that book you love. Again, this is an informative and thoroughly engaging read.
This review was originally written for horrornovelreviews.com
"Embracing Your Inner S***ness" by James Everington" was my favorite of the collection. It's comical, informative, and persuades the reader to give themselves permission to be bad for the sake of completing the story.
My least favorite was the essay about teaching creative writing. While it was interesting to understand what goes on behind the scenes of planning a creative writing workshop, I don't think it belongs in this volume which seems geared towards the beginning authors. Perhaps they were trying to provide something the veteran author may find interesting.
Overall, an excellent follow up to Vol. 1 and I cannot wait until Vol. 3 comes out. Looking forward to sinking my teeth into that one.