The Book on Writing

Paula LaRocque Author

The Book on Writing is the definitive guide to writing well, her advice is sound, and writers will find clear and useful advice here. Paula has a way of teaching artful storytelling in a simple, basic, and accurate way. She demonstrates clarity, simplicity, and dignity with every word.

Writing Mechanics

One dozen guidelines to good writing.

Learn to keep sentences short, varied, and focused on one main idea. Paula teaches avoiding pretensions, gobbledygook, and euphemisms. She shows how to change long and difficult words to short and simple phrases that have meaning and accurate power. Avoiding jargon, fads, and cliches is also a point that she clarifies.

Always use the right word, clarity in thought and simplicity in structure. Avoid the long dependent phrase beginning, and prefer active verbs and active nouns to adverbs and adjectives. Cut the wordiness, get to the meaning of what you are saying, avoid vague qualifiers and prune prepositions. Get right to the point and stay there.

Story Telling Devices

A story requires a number of things. Paula explains which ones to pay attention to. Archetype, or the model to follow, character, plot. Analysis of a story and how the parts work together.

Don’t say everything: how to show rather than say, and how to create suspense and fulfillment by withholding information for the right time to reveal it. Involve the readers and make them do some work to draw conclusions and see beneath the covers.

Take a picture of the scene and display a character in a point of time. Use metaphor and symbol to give deeper meaning to the story and situation. Let the sound echo the sense, write fast, but edit slowly. Watch out for the speed-bumps on the way, and review the logic.

The Writers Handbook

The last section of the book is the writers handbook. It includes a short quiz, some myths that need to be dispelled, and a style guide and summary that you will return to again and again.

This really is the best writing guide that you will find.

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Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch

Three Parts to Play if You Want To Succeed as a Writer


Guy and Shawn explain how to write your book. They go over a lot of information that most people don’t have. From how to finance your book, to how to edit the book.

They go over tools that writers can use and what made the difference while they were putting their book together. Among the important details of creating a book, they discuss how to avoid the dreaded self-published look. Probably the most important part of getting your book off of the ground is to make it look professional.

They also go over how to get a professional looking cover, and how to design it so that it is effective in drawing in the target audience. The book cover and the title are the only thing most people see–and you get two seconds or less to make the impression that you want.

How to Publish Your Book

A basic understanding of book distribution is required. Knowing how to use the available distribution channels is a must. They cover Amazon, Apple, Barns and Noble, Google, and Kobo.

Discussions about converting your file to different formats for each of the distribution channels, how to sell your book directly to customers, how to use author-services companies, print-on-demand, and even how to price your book, are found in this inclusive volume.

Book Marketing is a Big Deal

Issues that involve book marketing are things like how to navigate Amazon, how to guerilla-market your book, how to build your brand, how to create a platform, how to use social media, how to use blog commenting, and how to pitch bloggers and reviewers.

The Case Study

They show how the principles in the book are applied with the case study for their own book. Nothing can be better than to see the principles espoused clearly demonstrated and the results examined.

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Writing Faster 2K to 10K

Writing Faster

Every author dreams of writing faster, it is just part of the package. Isaac Asimov explained that if he found out that he had a terminal disease and would die soon, he wouldn’t get depressed, he would just write faster.

Rachel Aaron tells her story, and describes what it takes to write faster. What I found interesting about her book is that it the answer to faster writing is a little bit obvious, but she breaks it down and provides some templates, tools, and resources that really make writing faster a reality.

Creating a Novel

Rachel presents 5 steps (6 really) that will help any author organize their novel, starting from deciding which story to write to actually designing the plot. She helps any author build a firm foundation for their novel.

Creating Characters

Characters who write their own stories are those you can write quickly, and become endearing to readers. Rachel talks about the concept of agency, and helps authors develop a character sheet with details that help drive the character.

The Three-Act Story

Building a story with suspense and anticipation is required for today’s reader. The book explains how the architecture of the book, chapters, and scenes that will keep an audience interested to the very end.

Creating Scenes

A scene must do all of the following things:

Advance the story, reveal new information, pull the reader forward.

If a scene doesn’t do one of the above, it isn’t enough to progress the story and can’t be a scene on its own.

Editing for People Who Hate Editing

Rachel understands writers. Editing is a bother, and most authors try to avoid it. That is the wrong approach and will leave typos that will destroy the author’s credence with his or her audience. She explains how to make editing less painful and more productive. She introduces some tools, and helps authors get a grip on editing.

2K to 10K is a great book, it will help you write faster, and better.

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