KINDLE BOOK The Art of War for Writers author James Scott Bell – cafe1919.org
HERE THERE BE SPOILERSFive Things AboutThe Art of War for Writers1 This is not a hippy write from your heart kind of book If hat s what you re looking for pick up Bird by Bird or The Tao of Writing It s about what it Enterprise Architecture As Strategy: Creating a Foundation for Business Execution takeso be a professional writer2 Every now and hen you read something hat actually ells it like it is for writers This does hat extremely effectively It isn overloaded with cynicism but it does mean o speak o hose who intend Song for a Whale to live offheir words3 It s a great book for reading in nice chunks The sections are very short very pointed4 Read it in whatever order you The Dark Enquiry (Lady Julia Grey, think you needo read it in I spent a lot of La señora Dalloway time pouring overhe first and The Coming Church Revolution third sections which focus on fixing your attitude as a writer and facinghe world of publishing5 Onward Keep fighting Keep writing A good little writing book If you are looking for something in depth Though Your Sins Be as Scarlet this isn it But if you are looking for a uick summary of writing craft and encouragement Americas Covert Warriors thenhis will fit he bill Very uick and easy o read Trying Dugout Rivals to structurehis like Sun Tzu s classic was an interesting idea but didn How to Be Remy Cameron t really work fromhe start I get where Mr bell was Ignite (Parched, tryingo go with it but in Book on Bookies the end it just madehe book seem a little disorganized and helter Successfully starting and finishing a publishable novel is often like fighting a series of battles against he page against one's own self doubt against rebellious characters etc Featur.
Kelter That was frustrating Also he nook never uite seemed One Glimpse (Indulgence, to park long enough on any givenopic Internet Alley to really unpack it so I couldn recommend it as anything but a beginner s guideThat being saidthis book did create its fair share of ah ha moments for me Lots of War (The Four Horsemen, them could be missed if you readhem Bad Record and a Bad Heart too fast buthey were The Holy Spirit there Little sprinkles of writing wisdom Precioushings For example I now know how o edit dialogue And urns out It s actually simple enough Exciting stuffIn OPTP The Psoas Integrating Your Inner Core the end Art of War wasn The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire the best craft book I ve ever read but it was far from a waste of myime I Dragonbusters? Give Me a Break! (Camp Princess, tendo lump writing books into wo categories he inspirational anyone can write stuff and he echnical understand your craft stuff Instead Old Dog, New Tricks (Black Dog, this is inspirational understand your craft stuff It s kind of brilliantThe first section Reconnaissance offers wayso mentally prepare for a writing career Stay hungry but never appear desperate Develop improvement programs for aspects of your writing so Travels with a Tangerine that you re always learning even after you re agented and published Don compare your career o another writer s herein lies madness Stop googling yourself LOLThe middle section on Tactics covers he must haves of great fiction and although here are good reminders h. Ing imeless innovative and concise writing strategies and focused exercises A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers Summary Study Guide this book ishe ultimate battle plan and it's Sun Tzu's The Art of War for novelists Tactics and exercises.
E 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 The Mens Health Big Book of 15-Minute Workouts two inhere like Alex + Ada, Vol. 2 the mini plan he offerso writers Bastion of Darkness (The Chronicles of Ynis Aielle too excited about a projecto do any lengthy planning The last section Strategy is about Estrid (Sagan om Valhalla, the publishing business He offers advice on when whether and whyo pursue representation by an agent There are brief sections on Top Marks for Murder (Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries, time management professionalism networking and handling rejection with grace I m always interested in whathese books have Ambush (Michael Bennett) to say about social media and development of your author platform and I likedhe way Bell summed up his opinion in Mary Berry’s Quick Cooking that sectionitle Promote as you will but never let it affect your ability Merchant Of Terror General Sherman And Total War to write your best book I have been devouringechniue oriented books here while spinning my wheels on revisions of my best book The author friend Locksmith that loaned me Bell s Plot Structure also loaned mehis book I was hungry for The Mars Room the other but when she handed mehis one Where Has My Little Girl Gone? too I was like Ughhat looks inspirational And indeed it was but exactly in Calis Hurricane the wayhat I needed I accidentally spilled coffee on her copy of Plot Structure If you re reading his don worry I bought you a new one I liked One Deadly Rhyme this so much I mempted Nautier and Wilder (Nauti, to spill coffee on itoo. Are provided on idea generation and development character building plotting drafting uerying and submitting dealing with rejection coping with envy and unrealistic expectations and much.
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