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Have some book log completely out of order, because otherwise book log won't be happening...


Short book (20,000 words according to the author), but packed full of useful advice presented in an entertaining manner. The most important piece of advice is right up front: not all techniques work for every writer, so take and use what works for you personally.

This isn't about how to type faster. It's about how to be more productive with your writing time, and that includes protecting yourself from burnout. A lot of it is stuff that should be obvious, but isn't until somebody points it out to you; other techniques are ones that all too often writers have been told they shouldn't do, by a writer/editor/agent who thinks that if it doesn't work for them, it's bad for everyone. Some are things that are much less obvious, and which you could go for years without working it out by yourself.

Even if you already know everything in this book, it can help to have the positive reinforcement from another writer who learnt it the hard way. And besides, I know everything in this book already, and I still found it an entertaining read, well worth the £1.26 I paid. This matters - you're more likely to remember and follow advice if it was fun to read.

Very much recommended for writers, and even non-writers who are interested in the nuts and bolts of writing.

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Date: 2015-07-29 11:47 pm (UTC)
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The US$1.99 was worth it to me for one of the tips that's so obvious it needs someone to actually say it for me to go "oh! yeah, that's a good idea". (This is praise and not criticism.)

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Date: 2015-07-28 07:49 pm (UTC)
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Added to my 'to read' list. Thanks.

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Date: 2015-07-29 12:08 pm (UTC)
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As it was only £1.26, I bought it and it is both useful and an easy entertaining read. Like you say, I probably know everything that it wants to tell me, but what I need is a reminder and a pep talk. This book is doing a good job at both of these things.

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