INK: Eight Rules To A Better Book [NOOK Book]

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A concise, personal read to share with you eight easy-to-implement strategies to make your book better. No gimmicks, no get rich quick schemes, just the lessons learned by a writer, writing personally to you (i.e. not a textbook or a collection of empty words and promises).

INK transcends all levels of authors; no experience, experienced; published, unpublished; confident, scared-witless.
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INK: Eight Rules To A Better Book

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Overview

A concise, personal read to share with you eight easy-to-implement strategies to make your book better. No gimmicks, no get rich quick schemes, just the lessons learned by a writer, writing personally to you (i.e. not a textbook or a collection of empty words and promises).

INK transcends all levels of authors; no experience, experienced; published, unpublished; confident, scared-witless.
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Editorial Reviews

Amazon - Caleb Pirtle
There is an adage that I'm sure you've heard most of your life: those who can't do, teach. Forget it. It's not practical anymore. Acclaimed novelist R. S. Guthrie can write with pure, raw, and unbridled passion. He's as good as it gets. If you don't believe me, just check out his novels as Blood Land, Money Land, Black Beast, or Lost. And now he has created and published a primer to help writers become the kind of authors they always wanted to be with Ink: Eight Rules to a Better Book.
Amazon - Trish Gentry
I've read the writing books written by authors Stephen King and Anne Lamott, along with several others. And, I'm also a big highlighter - highlighting information that most hit home and the tips I wanted to remember. With the books I've read, I could take a little from here, a little from there. The whole book, page after page, is nothing but great information, tips, how-to's, showing examples. INK is like stepping out of the jungle and finding the Lost City of Gold...Fabulous must-have.
Amazon - Scott Morgan
There's a reason I wrote the foreword to this book. Call it the Eight Commandments, call it Rob's Rules of Writing, call it blueberry pie, just make sure you read it. And heed it.
Amazon - Russell Blake
Should be required reading for everyone considering writing, whether for fun or profit, along with Strunk & White. Five deserved stars.
Amazon - Dawn Torrens
The eight rules in this superb book are so important. I have read a fair few books on writing tips and this book is so much more. RS Guthrie is a very talented writer himself so he knows exactly what he is talking about. You only have to read his books to fully appreciate his knowledge and talent. The tips provided in this book are invaluable and I would highly recommend any writer established or not to give this book a read.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044493827
  • Publisher: R.S. Guthrie
  • Publication date: 3/19/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

R.S. Guthrie lives in gorgeous Colorado with his wonderful wife, Amy, and a collection of working dogs who have never been expected to work: Elsa (2 year-old Australian Shepherd); Bandit (1.5 year-old Australian Shepherd); Chi-Chi (1 year-old Chihuahua). Guthrie has been an avid reader of all fiction and non-fiction for most of his life.
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  • Posted March 28, 2013

    I can honestly say that this book will be of tremendous benefit

    I can honestly say that this book will be of tremendous benefit to writers, both beginning and more experienced. I found myself nodding along in agreement as I read. It's a succinct, easily digested yet delicious treatise on how to write better. Thank you for adding your literary "How-to" experience to the world. I would've awarded 5 stars but I don't fully agree with Mr. Guthrie's rule of abolishing all exclamation marks. As rules are made to be bent and sometimes broken, a rule suggesting zero exclamation marks in a manuscript is itself subject to being bent and sometimes broken. Ergo, exclamation marks can be used when doing so is appropriate and not distracting for the reader. Plus, I wouldn't want a dubious nothing-but-5-star rating to suggest to potential readers that these reviews aren't honest.

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  • Posted March 20, 2013

    One Book A Writer (New or Old) Needs to Read I believe in readi

    One Book A Writer (New or Old) Needs to Read

    I believe in reading about the craft of writing and trying to hone the skill. I've read the writing books written by authors Stephen King and Anne Lamott, along with several others. And, I'm also a big highlighter - highlighting information that most hit home and the tips I wanted to remember. With the books I've read, I could take a little from here, a little from there. When I read INK, I stopped highlighting into a quarter of the way in. The whole book, page after page, is nothing but great information, tips, how-to's, showing examples. INK is like stepping out of the jungle and finding the Lost City of Gold. I've learned more with this book than any other I've come across. R.S. Guthrie shows you with his Eight Rules to a Better Book exactly how to write better. Every job field I know has some sort of continuing education built in to keep you current, reminds you what works and what doesn't. Writing is no different. Whether you're published or not, a new writer or seasoned writer, everyone in the writing world can and should take a moment to step back to learn or refresh how to bring their writing to that next level. R.S. Guthrie teaches you how with INK. This isn't a book on how to write but how to take what you have and make it better. Fabulous must-have.

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  • Posted March 20, 2013

    TThere is an adage that I¿m sure you¿ve heard most of your life:

    TThere is an adage that I’m sure you’ve heard most of your life: those who can’t do, teach. Forget it. It’s not practical anymore. Acclaimed novelist R. S. Guthrie can write with pure, raw, and unbridled passion. He’s as good as it gets. If you don’t believe me, just check out his novels as Blood Land, Money Land, Black Beast, or Lost. And now he has created and published a primer to help writers become the kind of authors they always wanted to be with Ink: Eight Rules to a Better Book.




    If you’ve always wanted to be a writer, his book, his rules are where you begin. If you’re already an aspiring writer, his ideas and guidelines can take you to the next level. And even if you are a published and professional writer, R. S. Guthrie provides a few nuggets that can make a difference in a good book and a great book.




    For example, he underscores the important of building characters, which may be the most important role an author has in a novel. Guthrie says: “Readers love to feel, love to hate, love to worry, love to be on the run, love the innocent, detest the guilty, and they love real human beings. They want characters that—even though they are living a different, more enticing life—are still like them, with real faults, similar life experiences and challenges, whether it’s alcoholism, lost dreams, or doomed love.  He tells writers: You must breathe humanness into the people populating your book. They need to be real.  Extraordinary, yes, but believable. Flawed, yes, but forgivable. Evil to the core but uncomfortably familiar.”




    There have been a lot of good books published on writing. Rank R. S. Guthrie’s Ink among them. His book is short, only about 100 pages. It’s to the point. It’s honest. It’s written simply because Guthrie cares about you as a writer. It’s as though he is seated across the table, having a late night conversation with you on the art of good writing while you sip your beverage of choice. What he says, if you are or want to be a writer, is worth remembering. What he says can make all the difference in the world.

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  • Posted March 20, 2013

    Tell

    Tell

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  • Posted March 20, 2013

    Ink is simply one of, if not *the* best writer's guides I've rea

    Ink is simply one of, if not *the* best writer's guides I've read. Rob has an awesome gift for using his words that makes it seem as if he's sitting across from you and holding a conversation with you. For me, the most useful section of Ink was where Rob broke down exactly what it means to "Show, not Tell." I've heard for years that I'm supposed to do this, but I wasn't 100% certain I understood it.

    When I read his section about showing, it clicked. Now, I am 100% certain I have it. I'm glad I have my copy, and will buy one for my friends to use as well. Buy this book if you're an aspiring writer. It will definitely make your writing better.


    -R.w.Foster

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  • Posted March 20, 2013

    Wow. I'm a writer, a pretty good one, I think, but this book ble

    Wow. I'm a writer, a pretty good one, I think, but this book blew my smugness to the back of beyond! Again, Wow, I say. Only this author could do that!

    This is education, true education, in the only form I can swallow. Chatty, achingly true, and it'll shatter every good opinion you have of yourself all to Heck! Just what the doctor ordered for a person like me who only takes advice from kindred brain-damaged.

    I have great respect for Rob Guthrie, always have. This takes it to quite a new level. For me, a "how to do it" book has to reach me through the gut, and various orifices besides the eye and ear, to do me any good. Well, this morning, I am thoroughly gutted, slain in the spirit, and he's given me a whole lot of thinking to do!

    Don't expect A, B, C or 1, 2, 3 here. Rob parks his arse down in a comfy sofa, cracks open a beer, and lays back to just let the communion roll. And, I emphasize, it IS communion, of the spirit. What spirit he's channeling, I couldn't rightly say. But I suspect crazy Scott Morgan is hovering nearby. You'll get cracked between the eyes, you'll chuckle, you'll say "Hmmm, I didn't realize that" as many times as you say "Man, this dude's brilliant!"

    And besides all that, anything with a foreword by Scott Morgan, must mean his total support. And anything that Mr. Looneytunes supports, you can take to the bank. Put it in your pipe and smoke it! None of us would ever sell another book if these two teamed up and began spewing out tomes left and right. Not that they don't do that already! The term 'prolific' was coined in their lower colons.

    My advice? Click on it, right now. Get comfy, lean back, and take a big swig. Good for what ails ya, people. Wayyyy beyond good!

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