Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Nasty Little Writing Book

I'm working on my seventeenth novel in two decades, and I've read many how-to-write manuals. NASTY (subtitle: Longtime New York Publishing Insider Reveals Secrets Only Best-Selling Authors Know) isn't a how-to, though it is sculpted after a very popular one, or two. As satire goes, this is a paisley pink freight train carrying a thousand purple pachyderms, which is plunging down a mountainside. It's hilarious, but maybe not so much to the virgin to how-to-write manuals.

Regarding the industry, the author asks why the famous can get published with their first novel. "The answer is not, as one might cynically expect, because they have a recognizable name. The barons of the publishing industry would never dream of undercutting the public trust they enjoy by selling an inferior product for the sole purpose of turning a fast buck."

On the craft the author claims, "Content is unimportant. As long as the tone is one of hopelessness and despair it will be perceived as profound and deserving of reverence."

Get this. It’s a quick read, and for ninety-nine cents on Kindle, can't be beat for four hours of enjoyment. Most of all, it'll remind you of those horribly overwritten scenes you've experienced in every critique group you've attended.

Write Every Day!


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