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Starve Better: Surviving the Endless Horror of the Writing Life

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  • Posted November 17, 2012

    Reading this book is like hanging out for regular drinks with th

    Reading this book is like hanging out for regular drinks with the noir gumshoe of the writing streets. You're going to learn how things really go down on bourbon street and that the world of writing is a pretty ugly place under the shadow of the bookstores. Lucky for us, the author may have lost a few teeth and taken a bullet or two, but he's still got the integrity to tell the truth for our dime.

    You've got to respect someone who has such a variety of tales to tell. If you're in the biz, you can only benefit from reading these tales. They're instructional, no-nonsense, and give you practical understanding of things like how to write an ending or how to approach getting published in a fiction magazine versus a non-fiction magazine. If you're stuck or confused, he'll show you that getting chased in an alleyway for ideas is no big deal just part of the job. It can be empowering to realize you are overthinking a task and letting your image of it stop you.

    Even if you don't write, the book is worth reading just for the sake of the author's stories. There's something to be said for being experienced enough and intelligent enough to reduce term papers to their fast food components or explain in brilliant detail how you freelance. What makes it more than just how-to or a bar stool story is the character of the author, who infuses every cent you paid with hard wisdom, plucky spirit and a dash of vulnerable generosity.

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