Robert’s Rules of Writing, Second Edition
- 111 Unconventional Lessons That Every Writer Needs to Know
- Narrated by: Robert Masello
- Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
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Although there's no shortage of books on writing and publishing, there's none quite like Robert's Rules of Writing. Drawing on his many years of experience as an award-winning journalist, TV writer, and the author of over 20 books, Robert Masello addresses all the issues that confront, and all the problems that beset, writers of all stripes.
Whether you're working on a novel or a script, a memoir or a blog, an epic poem or a newspaper piece, you're going to have to find the best way to express yourself clearly, persuasively, and entertainingly. You'll have to find your own personal voice (much harder than it sounds) and use that unique voice to convey your story, your thoughts, and your opinions, to the many readers out there that you're eager to reach; with complete candor and welcome irreverence, Robert's Rules of Writing offers the inside knowledge that will help you do just that.
In well over a hundred short but pithy takes, Masello guides you over hurdles, around obstacles, and through the seemingly insurmountable barriers to completion and ultimately publication - hooray! - of your writing. It's a lively, thought-provoking, and often downright funny addition to any veteran, or fledgling, writer's shelf.
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- Richard S. Swol
A practical and tested guide to the writing life
Robert Masello is the writer and narrator of this book. It must be noted that he is also a successful author of a number of novels.
Here he gives the aspiring author 111 useful tips and rules to direct them to their own success. The rules avoid the usual sentence construction broiler plate often found in such instructional books. Instead, he provides basic instructions on the mental and emotional preparation needed to succeed as an author. He encourages positive behaviors, discourages negative ones, and provides alternative takes on assorted matters that the aspiring author can, and probably will, run into.
Is any of the instructional rules provided Earth shatteringly new? No. But, they are provided by someone who has been in the same place and dealt with the same issues in a practical way.
In all honesty, I feel like this should be a required companion piece for the much more technical books used in creative writing classes.