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When I read Sellers' book, Page after Page, last year, it was a turning-point in my writing. That was the book that clicked everything into place for me, and got me writing in a way I hadn't before--consistently, regularly. It was the right time for me to read what she had to say. I had developed a much higher tolerance for frustration through the miracle of raising small children, and I had learned that although there were many pursuits that had been worthwhile along the way to being thirty-five years old, I still needed to write fiction, and get good at it. I'm fond of Page after Page. I recommend it. My writing friend, Kat, didn't care for it, but it worked for me.

Chapter after Chapter, I thought, would be equally good. But instead, it was way better. I think that, once again, it was the message I needed to read, with this subtitle: "Discover the dedication and focus you need to write the book of your dreams." I'm not writing a novel yet, but I'm writing a novella, which is tricky enough, thank you, and advice about how to stick with it and learn from the process of finishing is delightful at a time like this. The advice and exercises are sensible, friendly, and ass-kicking, the way your best writing buddy should be. A+, highly recommended, don't miss it.



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Jan. 27th, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC)
There's an interesting discussion on how Heinlein wrote books (along with other things) over on Joe Haldeman's SFF.NET newsgroup. I don't know if you do newsgroup reading but it's an interesting way to dialog with folks.

With SFF.NET some of the groups are free to access and others are only accessable with a paid membership or if you are a science fiction writer (at least as I understand it). Many of the SF folks who post on LJ also have a presence on SFF.NET forums. Some more or less than others.

The main site: http://www.sff.net/
Joe's newsgroup: http://tinyurl.com/49agh

The discussion about the speed at which Heinlein wrote some of his books is mind-boggling given the pre-personal computer era he wrote in.

One last note on this. Reading newsgroup posts by webviews, kind of blows, imo. I'd recommend getting a newsgroup reader for your computer (I use Microplanet's Gravity but there are other worthy and free clients available). A reader you install on your own computer allows you to "subscribe" to multiple groups, download and archive postings.

The information required to set such a newsgroup reader up for the SFF.NET forums are found here.


Recommended newsgroup readers listed here:


Best regards as always! Dennis
Jan. 27th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
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