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I'm reviewing all three of Lazar's audiobooks together because I procrastinated like hell from doing something by listening to all three volumes one...right...after...the other. It got to be grueling. I usually jack up my listening speed to 1.25, but this narrator plods so dreadfully 1.50 had to do it for me. This Volume, however, of all three volumes, had the very, very important tip that certain words are dead giveaways to editors/agents that a writer's work is amateurish: "just" (I knew that one), "because" (yup, got it), "suddenly" (sure, kiss of death), and... "that" (what?!?). So this volume made me go back to my manuscript and pick through a MULTITUDE of "that"s. I suppose, then, it was good that I was procrastinating.
Other than that, expect a lot of personal anecdotes from Lazar's life and excerpts from his own writing.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go back to editing :(
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Telling his own stories and stories of the characters he’s created through the writing of sixteen (so far) mystery novels, Aaron Paul Lazar offers inspiration and information that'll be helpful to beginning writers.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Write Like the Wind: Volume 1?
Lazar’s thoughts will be especially helpful to emerging writers of fiction. Experienced writers of fiction, non fiction, and poetry will find thought provoking ideas here too though, especially perhaps in Lazar’s concluding chapters, on dreams and writing, downtime and dreams, and defining success.
What does George Kuch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Narrator George Kuch reads Lazar’s words in a warm engaging style, so that it seems as though you're listening to a trusted friend
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Lazar talks about topics as varied as finding your own voice, how to know if you’re a real writer, tips on the nuts and bolts of writing, thoughts on why and how the writing of a couple of his favorite mystery writers works finding time to write -- there’s a lot of material here. It’s presented in short accessible chapters, though, twenty of them. It's fun to listen at one sitting because you want to know what comes next, but taking it in stages works too.
Any additional comments?
Even if you're not thinking of writing a book yourself, you may find this look behind the scene of a writer's work well worth the listening.
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