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The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2008

    Published, but not paid...yet

    I am a published, but non-paid writer. I have read lots of books about writing, and I've attended several writers conferences. This concise book answered so many things I've always wondered about. If I were to recommend one writing book, this would be the one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2004

    Good, But...

    This clear and concise book helps you whip your writing--and even your manuscript's appearance--into shape for publishing. It helps you to be more aware of how you use words, viewpoint, setting, and so forth. Before reading 'Description' by Monica Wood, I would have given this book five stars. However, Lukeman exhorts writers with the oft-repeated advice, 'Show! Don't tell!' Then he gives you obviously horrendous examples of telling. These supposedly prove why the practice is such a bad idea. Monica Wood encourages you to be a bit more open-minded. She shows you how you could just show, just tell, or combine both styles to create a great story. She even cites published and successful examples of both exclusive showing and exclusive telling. The First Five Pages is a great book, but writers need more than Lukeman's viewpoint to be well-rounded.

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