The Writer's Mentor

The Writer's Mentor

Secrets of Success From the World's Great Writers

Book - 2004
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The Writer's Mentoris a guide that draws on the collective wisdom and experience of the most successful writers to help aspiring writers with all aspects of the craft. The book includes practitioners of all genres and writers of every literary type: Nobel Prize-winners and thriller writers; memoirists and story-tellers; writers of romance and serious non-fiction. The book advocates the idea that great writing can be found in every category so we should listen to what writers in all fields have to say and learn from them. From the perspective of these writers, the book addresses each part of the writing process. Writers talk about how they find their inspiration and who has influenced them. They describe how they got started (Nora Roberts was marooned at home with her children in a snowstorm when she put pen to paper) and how they found time and space to pursue their dream. There is space for grammar and style (Why does everyone talk about Ernest Hemingway when they mention style?) and the development of a writing technique. TheMentorincludes writers of journalism, plays, poems, and screenplays and also how you can deal with publishers and agents if you want to try to make a living writing. The only thing the writers here have in common is their success: Included are John le Carre and Patricia Highsmith; Stephen King and Terry Brooks; Tennessee Williams and Toni Morrison; Willa Cather and E.B. White; William Faulkner and Donna Tartt; Alice McDermott and Joyce Carol Oates; J.K. Rowling and J.R.R. Tolkein; Charles Dickens and Edgar Allan Poe; Irvine Welsh and Michael Chabon; Michael Connelly and Elmore Leonard. Through the wise words of these writers,The Writer's Mentoroffers the best advice available to anyone who wants to write.
Publisher: New York : Random House Reference, c2004.
ISBN: 9780375720611
Branch Call Number: 808. 02 WRI
Characteristics: 246 p. ; 19 cm.
Additional Contributors: Jackman, Ian


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EmilyUrsuliak Jan 02, 2015

This book covers a pretty broad scope of different skills that a writer needs to hone. What I like about it is that Ian Jackman mixes in quotes from other writers throughout the book so you feel like you get a broad range of different perspectives about the topic at hand.

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