BOOK EPUB The Art of War for Writers BY James Scott Bell – dedelicate.com
42 pages in Bell confirms much of the thinking I ve come around to over time about writing Common sense expressed uncommonly well I like this author s no nonsense approach to writing This is the third book that I ve read of his and I enjoy themmostly because it isn t sugar coated and mostly because it feels honest He gives advice and offers up suggestions that seem reasonable not mention practical And he oesn t give anyone the false illusion that the craft of writing isn t work Really really loved this book I have a thing with reading books His Convict Wife (Convict Wives devoted to the art of writingI would much rather teach myself how to write by reading some really good fiction or at least works I can relate to as a writer and reader I figure that we only have so much time and when there s a free moment it should beevoted to writing Well as usual this book set me straight While this book is not exactly a how to it gives so much good advice ideas and I have several pages Toyota Management System dog eared for future reference like tips on when and how to find an agent how to weave in backstory a common concern of mine what too with those sections of your book that you like but just The Perfect Indulgence don t work with this story save them in another file they may prove to be useful oneay etc THE ART OF WAR FOR WRITERS is easy to read I read mine in the matter of a couple of Stonebrook Cottage (Carriage House, days It is organized easily into three sections all related to the craft of writing and promoting one s work Each section is brief and to the point You could read the book in one sitting or read a tip aay for 77 A Seductive Revenge days It s great one I will go back to time and time again especially when I want to claw by eyeballs out and run for the hills and toss my laptop out the window Thanks James Scott Bell You helped save my eyeballs The last 20% was much less useful as it was all about agents and traditional publishing but I got a lot out of the first 80% I view writing advice as taking your weapon to a sharpening stone or cleaning your gun It gives you the encouragement of knowing you re on the right track and provides a fresh round of ammunition for the next stage of the writing journeyMy favorite part was how short each chapter was most of them being 2 or 3 5x7 pages Easy to get through boiledown to the cleanest most pithy advice Bell could muster Whether you re a mother a student or simply a busy stay at home California Living daughter that makes for easy read I enjoyed going through a section and then thinking about it as I attended to otherutiesThe best exercise was in section 21 when Bell has you take a few of the movies and books that have impacted you most So Damn Lucky (Lucky OToole, deeply and pick apart the elements that you are passionate about Including one or of these elements in each project he says adds aeeper level to any book you take on To keep a high uality of writing he encourages readers to scan over this list every so often to make sure they re not getting off track with their main vision I found that passion points for me were justice mercy passion perseverance suffering friendship and heroes that set my soul on fireAnother encouraging light bulb moment was in section 29 where he Wild Embers: Poems of Rebellion, Fire, and Beauty discusses making improvements outside your comfort zone Sometimes to really make a character pop off the page especially for an introverted writer you have to write their actions and thoughts explicitly than. Successfully starting and finishing a publishable novel is often like fighting a series of battles against the page against one's own selfoubt against rebellious characters etc Featur.
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You re agented and published Don t compare your career to another writer s therein lies madness Stop googling yourself LOLThe middle section on Tactics covers the must haves of great fiction and although there are good reminders the suggestions are not surprising They ll be very familiar in fact if you ve read Bell s other books There s still a gem or two in there like the mini plan he offers to writers too excited about a project to Ryugakusei no tame no Kanji no Kyokasho SHOKYU 300 - Japanese Writing Study Book do any lengthy planning The last section Strategy is about the publishing business He offers advice on when whether and why to pursue representation by an agent There are brief sections on time management professionalism networking and handling rejection with grace I m always interested in what these books have to say about social media andevelopment of your author platform and I liked the way Bell summed up his opinion in that section title Promote as you will but never let it affect your ability to write your best book I have been A Study in Scandal (Scandalous devouring techniue oriented books here while spinning my wheels on revisions of my best book The author friend that loaned me Bell s Plot Structure also loaned me this book I was hungry for the other but when she handed me this one too I was like Ugh that looks inspirational And indeed it was but exactly in the way that I needed I accidentally spilled coffee on her copy of Plot Structure If you re reading thison t worry I bought you a new one I liked this so much I m tempted to spill coffee on it too Trying to structure this like Sun Tzu s classic was an interesting idea but Letting it Go didn t really work from the start I get where Mr bell was trying to go with it but in the end it just made the book seem a littleisorganized and helter skelter That was frustrating Also the nook never uite seemed to park long enough on any given topic to really unpack it so I couldn t recommend it as anything but a beginner s guideThat being saidthis book The One Who Stays (Summer Island, did create its fair share of ah ha moments for me Lots of them could be missed if you read them too fast but they were there Little sprinkles of writing wisdom Precious things For example I now know how to editialogue And turns out It s actually simple enough Exciting stuffIn the end Art of War wasn t the best craft book I ve ever read but it was far from a waste of my time A good little writing book If you are looking for something in Shadow of the Wolf (Hearts Desire, depth this isn t it But if you are looking for a uick summary of writing craft and encouragement then this will fit the bill Very uick and easy to read HERE THERE BE SPOILERSFive Things AboutThe Art of War for Writers1 This is not a hippy write from your heart kind of book If that s what you re looking for pick up Bird by Bird or The Tao of Writing It s about what it takes to be a professional writer2 Every now and then you read something that actually tells it like it is for writers Thisoes that extremely effectively It isn t overloaded with cynicism but it Smijurija u mjerama does mean to speak to those who intend to live off their words3 It s a great book for reading in nice chunks The sections are very short very pointed4 Read it in whatever order you think you need to read it in I spent a lot of time pouring over the first and third sections which focus on fixing your attitude as a writer and facing the world of publishing5 Onward Keep fighting Keep writin. Are provided on idea generation andevelopment character building plotting Speer drafting uerying and submittingealing with rejection coping with envy and unrealistic expectations and much.
BOOK EPUB The Art of War for Writers BY James Scott Bell – edelicate.com
You yourself would prefer Bell encouraged writers to elve The Ring Of The Dove deeper into the emotions of the character and write it out clearly and vulnerably on paper I found that to be a rewarding exercise in my last novel rewrite As Bell says you can always scale it back later A couple of times Iid but most times I ended up with a scene much better than the original because I pushed myselfOne of my biggest insecurities was how my writing The Lost Literature of Medieval England day looked like if it was normal and efficient enough In section 76 Bell collected a typical writingay from a variety of successful authors and it helped to see that mine really wasn t much A Curse of Kings different than theirs especiallyuring the editing stage when it s basically scarf pizza sleep and walk around like a zombieSome of it is basic methodology that I had knocking around in my head but never bothered to put into words This book is crisp reassuring and avoids writing fads the biggest Garfield Dishes It Out (Garfield, detriment to young writers It gives experienced advice to avoid the worst tactics and pitfalls in the war of words I highly enjoyed it and recommend it to any of my writing friends Writers never stop learning their craft There s always a way to be better to make a story tighter a fresh way to grab a reader by the nuts and jerk them around until the very last punctuation mark No matter how long I ve been writing no matter how manyays I have that make me think I m good there s always something else out there that can help me improve Even if it s only a short sentence buried in 200 pages that single sentence is gold another weapon to add to my arsenal Maybe it s something basic a fact I already know but it s presented with a new spin comes at me from a fresh angle and smacks me in the faceThat s how you learn That s how you grow And The Art of War for Writers is an excellent tool a swift kick in the ass that made me sit up take notice and take notes Seriously get out a notebook because you ll be jotting Im a Narwhal down notes until your fingers cramp I ve read a lot of books on writing over the years check out my writing shelf if you want proof but with each one I find at least one suggestion that gives my writing extra punch James Scott Bell has written a guide that gives than one piece of excellent advice and this little book is worth far than its purchase priceThe Art of War for Writers covers everything from tips on writing how to handle the submission process and most importantly how to get your ass in the chair and actually write which is the foundation that too many writers forget about Writing first because nothing else happens without those words on the pageEvery writer needs this on their shelf Don t just read it buy it Ion t say that often books are expensive after all and most people find the need to eat pressing but if you re a writer who recognizes the need to keep learning buy this book It s a must have for the writing shelf I tend to lump writing books into two categories the inspirational anyone can write stuff and the technical understand your craft stuff Instead this is inspirational understand your craft stuff It s kind of brilliantThe first section Reconnaissance offers ways to mentally prepare for a writing career Stay hungry but never appear esperate Develop improvement programs for aspects of your writing so that you re always learning even after. Ing timeless innovative and concise writing strategies and focused exercises this book is the ultimate battle plan and it's Sun Tzu's The Art of War for novelists Tactics and exercises.
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