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:

Martin Amis
Diana Athill
Margaret Atwood
Zoë Heller
MJ Hyland
PD James
Hanif Kureishi
Hilary Mantel
Andrew Miller
Terry Pratchett

and many more, Write! has everything you need to get your creative juices flowing.

Review:

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.

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