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I collected up a handfull of publications on writing to explore between drafts of my own book. Several deal with the craft of writing, developing characters, plot devices, and so on. however, none were as effective as this one with the simple tho difficult task of Editing my book.
While many of the options dealt with the process of creating the story, the characters, and the plot, most of them fell down when it came to simple and direct assertive guidelines to help cut out the clutter of a manuscript already essentially developed.
This book was refreshingly direct, tho a bit dense for any single reading, when it came to simple statements of 'do This and Not That'...
I may suggest a hard copy that can be flipped between and refferred to on your desk as you work, but the book itsself is perhaps the single most usefully important book for any aspiring writer to reference!
It was highly reccomended and I have been nothing but pleased with the end results!
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Yes, Frank McCourt sounds like a drunk old Irishman in this performance. But he sounds like a SMART drunk old Irishman who intimately understands Strunk and White's book. He makes many funny choices of emphasis, taking his cue from White's description of Strunk's quasi-scolding lecture manner. He vividly interprets the character and charm of the book, and the valuable information is carefully, if whimsically, planted in the listener's brain. Also, when additional words must be added to the text because of visual clues on the page, McCourt chooses (if these were his choices) efficient and clear ways of doing so. This audiobook is a charmer, in my opinion.
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