Random Stuff Week --
Every time I'm in a creative lull I read something to give me energy. So this list appealed to me from Book #1 (click above).
I checked the list and I'd read a few of the books already, but there were a few I've been wanting to try so I gave #9 a shot.
Ummm...let's put it this way: not for me. But it may be for you.
Here's my Amazon Review. I typically DO NOT leave reviews for books unless I can give them a 4 or 5. I would've given this one a 2 star but I gave it a three because I don't like giving 1 or 2 stars. For those who like a lot of metaphors and poetic prose it may be for you. When it comes to books on writing or craft, I like my books accessible and practical.
I don't like giving 1 or 2 star reviews on other author's books. I usually only review when I can give at least 4 or 5 stars and keep my negative comments to myself. I'm giving this three stars and under any other circumstances I wouldn't have left a review at all. But I'm writing this because I want to save someone from buying a book that won't appeal to them. Put simply (as no single sentence in this book was), this book is a reflective look at the writing process and largely meant for literary snobs. The writer almost says as much in her overt diss to commercial Writers in chapter 1. If you're looking for a Stephen King "On Writing" experience--THIS. IS. NOT. FOR. YOU.
If you're looking for a more conversational exploration of the day-to-day ins and outs and struggles involved the writing process and insights--THIS. IS. NOT. FOR. YOU.
I read a lot of books on the craft of writing, especially when I'm getting energized to write my next book. This book is as pretentious as they come. It does provide some insights (if not profound) but they are buried in purple prose and metaphors. The author suggests it should take two to five years to write a book. It would take me at least five years to take such simple observations about the writing life and convolute them to the point that they are barely discernible. From metaphors on inch worms, hummingbirds, starfish with broken rays, log cabins, Zulu warriors, sparrows, and cows, it felt more like a Discovery Channel-inspired dissertation than a book intended to enlighten inspiring writers on the writer's life.
If you like this kind of thing, and many do judging from the reviews, then go for it. As a writer of commercial fiction, it wasn't for me in more ways than one. It's probably the only book on writing that I will struggle to finish, if I finish at all.
The best thing about this book is it made me want to stop reading and go finish my friggin' book. Off I go to write...
As I go through the others on the list, I'll let you know how the are. Likewise, if you've read any you don't feel are worth the read -- Please Share!!