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DWS is an inspiration. I just wish this had been more prepared for audio. The blog posts state that the best info is found in the answers to questions in the comments.
This is more what writing fast looks like in practice than it is instructional. Still glad I listened.
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When I bought this book, I was under the impression, from the title, that this book would offer tips, or guidance, or similar, on how to get a novel done in a short time. In reality, this author--who appears to be a very proficient and proliferate author--mostly just tells us how many thousands of words he's done each day, and how he also manages to get other daily stuff done, then tallies up his words after 10 or 11 days, and says, "See? I did it. Now you know it can be done."
The author is a proud "pantser," which means that he writes his novels "by the seat of his pants," or rather, without designing the novel ahead of time. I understand that he was ghost-writing a novel while he did the blog posts about it which he used for material for this book, and that he was contractually obligated not to tell us whose book he was writing, but he almost shared nothing about his process, whatsoever. Maybe he doesn't actually *know* his process, since he is a pantser. It is possible that he has just built his writing process out of certain patterns that work for him, and he just automatically falls into them when he novelizes. I find it unlikely that this is the case, since he apparently teaches writing courses and workshops when he is not writing. I was a bit disappointed with this, however, and I wish he'd added more useful info.
It was a little interesting, and I won't say that having someone demonstrate his example wasn't at least a little inspiring, but his lessons, or tips, or whatever, can be summed up by the following:
- Stay at it, and you can do this, too.
- Treat it like a fun hobby that you make money at, and trust yourself to write well.
He kept mentioning the comments on his blog posts, and how important it would be to read them, but they were not included in this book, so ended up being irrelevant. I wish they'd been included, as that would have added more in the way of useful information, I'm sure.
Ironically, the excerpt from another book on writing that he wrote, at the end of the book, gave me more useful information than the entirety of the book I had just finished listening to. I'm probably going to buy that book, even though this one was barely worth the $2 I paid for it.
The narrator, on the other hand, was AWESOME, and had just the right tone throughout this work.
a waste of time downloading. i wanted a book to help me to write a novel not listen to a man waffle about each day he got up late and blogged...and this book got published? all i can say is there is hope for me then...
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