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Writer’s Mentor: Secrets of Success from the World’s Greatest Writers

Writer's Mentor:  Secrets of Success from the World's Greatest Writers

Writer’s Mentor: Secrets of Success from the World’s Greatest Writers
Ian Jackman, Editor
Random House reference, 2004

This book is broken into two major divisions: how to write (characters, scenes and much more) and specific help about what kind of work your are writing– novel, play, screenplay, journalism.

The book is inspirational. You realize that your difficulties are shared by the world’s best writers. And some of the quotes help with the actual writing: Billy Collins suggests to poets that they remove all the adjectives and see what they have left.

You find general writing help: Susan Sontag says in the opening pages of the book, “Writing is finally a series of permissions you give yourself to be expressive in many ways. To invent. To leap. To fly. To fall.

Jackman has a keen eye for quotes and anecdotes that help active writers. Rilke question in his famous, “Letters to a Young Poet” where he urges the young man to ask himself if he really has to write.” Many quotes are from writers that have asked the same question of themselves and found out they need to write.

I took this out of the library but I intend to buy a copy, open it at random before I write and take solace from any quote I find. It is that rich.

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