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When a master of his craft speaks, those who seek his wisdom have only to listen with intent. Herein contains the skills and anecdotes of a professional essayist on how to hone one's abilities in this art of writing. Much of what he says will apply to various genres of writing, both fiction and non-fiction, and all of what he offers is practical. This isn't so much a how-to book as it is an exercise in guided consideration. The idea is to present you with options by relating examples and getting you to examine your own world. For those to whom writing is a chore, this book is not for you. But if you enjoy writing and seek a little insight to take your skills to the next level, pour a cup of coffee, pull up a chair, and prepare to pick the brain of someone with a lifetime of experience.
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This is touted as a nuts-and-bolts guide on writing literary nonfiction. This book is far from that. Its scope is narrow. The author mentions many, many nonfiction writers and refers to them for whatever topic he's covering. So unless you're familiar with these writers and their works, it won't mean much to you. I think this book is more for well-read students aspiring to be personal essayists.
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