Book Review: Write (Phil Daoust)
Publisher: Guardian Books
Release Date: September 24th 2012
Summary (from Goodreads):
Find your voice. Feel inspired. Love your characters.
Let the world’s greatest contemporary authors share the joy of writing and guide you as you work.
With insights and inspiration from a wide range of writers, including:
and many more, Write! has everything you need to get your creative juices flowing.
I’ve been slowly reading this book over nearly a year. It’s compiled of writing advice from a ton of amazing authors, and I’ve been picking it up before a writing session and reading a different bit of advice each time, just to encourage myself and get the creative juices flowing.
I especially enjoyed the first section, where authors give their tips for writing, my favourite being Neil Gaiman’s very direct advice – it’s one I might print out and stick to my desk so I can reread it whenever I’m feeling stuck or uninspired.
The second half of the book had authors talking about writing their books and getting them published. I loved Sue Townsend’s essay about writing Adrian Mole: when she was asked to send a synopsis, she didn’t know what to write and sent a school report for Adrian Mole instead, and got her book deal off the strength of that. I didn’t find this section quite as interesting, mostly because I didn’t know a lot of the authors or their books: they’re probably quite famous ones, but I mostly read YA and so wasn’t really familiar with them. It was still great to read about their inspiration and publication journeys though.
This is a great book to read for aspiring writers, especially when you’re feeling uninspired or need that extra bit of motivation.