I set myself the goal of reading and reviewing 52 writing guides over the year. Here is book 11.
Just Write That Book Already: learn how to avoid distractions, create a writing schedule, and organize your ideas so you can get started on your book today by Joy Farrington, doesn’t, I feel, quite live up to the promise of that zippy, snappy subtitle.
It’s a short read, taking me just under two hours, and there are a couple of nuggets in there – such as the WRITE technique and Writing Milestones. But that, unfortunately, is it.
It blows a lot of hot air under the guise of giving practical advice without actually giving any. The content is quite clearly a mish-mash of articles, transcriptions and notes that have simply been lumped together. Then it’s topped and tailed with testimonials and a transcription of a webinar or teleconference that pad it all out nicely, thank you very much.
The grammar leaves a lot to be desired, as does the layout/formatting – although I read the Kindle version, so the paperback may be better laid out. It’s the layout that gave the idea that it’s a load of old stuff glued together to make a book-length product.
There are no exercises (though there are one or two very short worksheets), there is no practical advice as such. It’s a quick way for the author to make a quick buck.
Just Write That Book Already: learn how to avoid distractions, create a writing schedule, and organize your ideas so you can get started on your book today by Joy Farrington is available on Kindle for £4.78 (or $5.93) and in paperback for £12.23 (or $11.00).
Oh dear. 🙂
That makes mine sound like a real bargain – it’s cheaper and does have exercises!
I like exercises in a guide for writers! I must have a closer look at yours. There *are* a couple of very short worksheets in here, I have to admit (and I’ve edited it to suit). But even those aren’t sheets as such, just a few lines to write on at the end of a chapter and a “notes” page at the end – neither of which really work with an ebook anyway.
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