The Writer's Mentor: Secrets of Success from the World's Great Writers

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The Writer's Mentor is a guide that draws on the collective wisdom and experience of the most successful writers to help aspiring writers with all aspects of the craft. The book includes practitioners of all genres and writers of every literary type: Nobel Prize-winners and thriller writers; memoirists and story-tellers; writers of romance and serious non-fiction. The book advocates the idea that great writing can be found in every category so we should listen to what writers in...
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Overview

The Writer's Mentor is a guide that draws on the collective wisdom and experience of the most successful writers to help aspiring writers with all aspects of the craft. The book includes practitioners of all genres and writers of every literary type: Nobel Prize-winners and thriller writers; memoirists and story-tellers; writers of romance and serious non-fiction. The book advocates the idea that great writing can be found in every category so we should listen to what writers in all fields have to say and learn from them.
From the perspective of these writers, the book addresses each part of the writing process. Writers talk about how they find their inspiration and who has influenced them. They describe how they got started (Nora Roberts was marooned at home with her children in a snowstorm when she put pen to paper) and how they found time and space to pursue their dream. There is space for grammar and style (Why does everyone talk about Ernest Hemingway when they mention style?) and the development of a writing technique. The Mentor includes writers of journalism, plays, poems, and screenplays and also how you can deal with publishers and agents if you want to try to make a living writing.
The only thing the writers here have in common is their success: Included are John le Carre and Patricia Highsmith; Stephen King and Terry Brooks; Tennessee Williams and Toni Morrison; Willa Cather and E.B. White; William Faulkner and Donna Tartt; Alice McDermott and Joyce Carol Oates; J.K. Rowling and J.R.R. Tolkein; Charles Dickens and Edgar Allan Poe; Irvine Welsh and Michael Chabon; Michael Connelly and Elmore Leonard.
Through the wisewords of these writers, The Writer's Mentor offers the best advice available to anyone who wants to write.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375720611
  • Publisher: Random House Information Group
  • Publication date: 4/13/2004
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 4.78 (w) x 7.14 (h) x 0.76 (d)

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Ian Jackman is a freelance writer. Among his collaborations are the New York Times bestseller Stickin', with James Carville, and Con Men, with the staff of 60 Minutes. Mr. Jackman has a BA from University College, Oxford, and an MA from the University of London.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2004

    'Why You Must Buy This Book!'

    Why did Melville warn a friend not to read his Moby Dick (p.43)? How did Eugene O'Neill and John Cheever write (p.51-52)? Why is it appropriate to be jealous of Suzan-Lori Parks? (p.65) What do Hemingway's prose and dynamite have in common if anything? (p. 83) Does Nikki Giovanni believe certain writers? If so, why? (p.92) What did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle do to lose 20,000 readers in a jiffy? (p.93) Why is rewriting the equivalent of sausage-making? (p.113) Ezra Pound called T.S.Elliot a bad name! Wow! Learn why! (p.115) How many words a week does a productive writer writes? (p.122-125) Who are the '6 honest serving men' to whom Kipling refers? (p.141) And Moliere's 6 Cs? (p.157) Did you know that Flannery O'Connor studied in...... ! (p.168) Why are book titles and editors like Maxwell Perkins so very, very important (p.179) What did John Stuart Mill teach us about writing as a profession? (p.193) The above are only a sprinkle of the very helpful secrets from and about the world's greatest writers. Buy this book, and you shall profit from them too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2004

    'Why This Book Can Inspire Writers.'

    Why did Melville warn a friend not to read his Moby Dick (p.43)? How did Eugene O'Neill and John Cheever write (p.51-52)? Why is it appropriate to be jealous of Suzan-Lori Parks? (p.65) What do Hemingway's prose and dynamite have in common if anything? (p. 83) Does Nikki Giovanni believe certain writers? If so, why? (p.92) What did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle do to lose 20,000 readers in a jiffy? (p.93) Why is rewriting the equivalent of sausage-making? (p.113) Ezra Pound called T.S.Elliot a very bad name--learn why! (p.115) How many words a week does a productive writer writes? (p.122-125) Who are the '6 honest serving men' to whom Kipling refers? (p.141) And Moliere's 6 Cs? (p.157) Did you know that Flannery O'Connor studied in...! (p.168) Why are book titles and editors like Maxwell Perkins, so very, very important? (p.179) What did John Stuart Mill teaches us about writing as a profession?(p.193) The above are only a sprinkle of the very helpful secrets from and about the world's greatest writers. Buy this book, and you shall profit from them too!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
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