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Written for her blog over the years as Victoria's editing business blossomed, this advice is now hard to find and hidden - and now collected just for you, for free. Written for her blog over the years as Victoria's editing business blossomed, this advice is now hard to find and hidden - and now collected just for you, for free.


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Written for her blog over the years as Victoria's editing business blossomed, this advice is now hard to find and hidden - and now collected just for you, for free. Written for her blog over the years as Victoria's editing business blossomed, this advice is now hard to find and hidden - and now collected just for you, for free.

30 review for Art & Craft of Writing Fiction: Secret Advice for Writers

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lydia Coral

    I really don't know how to rate this book. Nor did I technically DNF it. I read some of it and skim-read the rest. The first section and a few other sections that dealt with actual writing techniques were interesting and quite helpful. But most of the book was not about writing techniques. It was more on the so-called 'psychological' side of being a writer - advice on how to find your 'inner self', create 'self-awareness', and so on - none of which I would agree with for a moment. Also, there was I really don't know how to rate this book. Nor did I technically DNF it. I read some of it and skim-read the rest. The first section and a few other sections that dealt with actual writing techniques were interesting and quite helpful. But most of the book was not about writing techniques. It was more on the so-called 'psychological' side of being a writer - advice on how to find your 'inner self', create 'self-awareness', and so on - none of which I would agree with for a moment. Also, there was one example at at least two words that I noticed, in my super fast skim-reading of the last half, which I would have serious issues with. So I'll give this book 1 star because I really wouldn't recommend it and I would not read it again, even though some of the writing advice itself was quite useful.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Mitchell

    Snappy and useful A collection of blog posts, this "how to" guide is anything but the usual stoicism offered by other guides. Although a short book, it offers many pointers, examples and reasons, giving the reader enough clues to pick up and research in greater depth where they choose to. Packed with wry humour and no nonsense examples of what does or doesn't constitute a good (or bad) attitude towards a career in writing, it's brutally honest and refreshingly so. By itself it's a decent checklis Snappy and useful A collection of blog posts, this "how to" guide is anything but the usual stoicism offered by other guides. Although a short book, it offers many pointers, examples and reasons, giving the reader enough clues to pick up and research in greater depth where they choose to. Packed with wry humour and no nonsense examples of what does or doesn't constitute a good (or bad) attitude towards a career in writing, it's brutally honest and refreshingly so. By itself it's a decent checklist, but used as a basis for further study, it allows a reader to shed egotistical notions and get on with discovering the reality of hard work as a professional writer. If you're a hobby writer with romantic ideas about flourishing a fancy quill beside a crackling log fire, then this isn't the book for you. But if you're serious - really serious - about writing for a living, then be prepared to examine yourself through a magnifying glass and give this book a chance.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Legge

    Very nice This collection of advice and tips is one of the better ones that I have read. It's very knowledgeable and informative, and I quickly read through the entire book. Now, I plan on reading it again at a more leisurely pace. Very nice This collection of advice and tips is one of the better ones that I have read. It's very knowledgeable and informative, and I quickly read through the entire book. Now, I plan on reading it again at a more leisurely pace.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy

    Good Advice! This author gives (what I believe) is good advice, with some silly wit, and well formatted. I found it easy to read, and will probably read it again. I will probably read more by this author.

  5. 4 out of 5

    shaza hamid

    Great book Great book to read with good tips on writing a book. Easy to read and Did not take a long time to read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    MatthewsJ

    Awful Awful This is the worst book on writing craft I’ve ever read. Not only was the advice nonspecific, it was pointless. What a waste of money and time. Don’t buy it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Leanne Hunt

    Victoria Mixon is a writer I have long admired for her blog posts, but this was the first book I have read by her. I guess I was afraid that an entire book on the craft of writing would be too overwhelming, making me feel daunted rather than motivating me to aspire to better quality in my work. Well, this short book reassured me. Nixon’s approach is warm and encouraging. She shares tips from her wide writing experience in a friendly manner, and the reader is left feeling well equipped to tackle Victoria Mixon is a writer I have long admired for her blog posts, but this was the first book I have read by her. I guess I was afraid that an entire book on the craft of writing would be too overwhelming, making me feel daunted rather than motivating me to aspire to better quality in my work. Well, this short book reassured me. Nixon’s approach is warm and encouraging. She shares tips from her wide writing experience in a friendly manner, and the reader is left feeling well equipped to tackle the next writing or revision project. I particularly appreciated the sections on plot structure and theme. The leading questions supplied by the author invite deep reflection on the part of the reader who has already come up with or fleshed out her idea. We get to grapple with what we really want to say, how we really want to say it and who we want to impact with our work. Because the book is short, it lends itself to rereading, which is definitely something I will do. I recommend the book to all writers who want to improve their craft and are afraid, like I was, that turning to the experts might lead to an overwhelming sense of inadequacy.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Houseman

    This book is compiled of blog posts on writing, the writing life, etc. While most of what Mixon wrote was true, I'm not sure it was exactly groundbreaking. Everything she said was correct--surprise the reader, make the story memorable, make sure the hook is strong--but she never said how to actually get all of those good things in a novel. Some may find this book helpful, but I found it a little frustrating. It would've been great if she had elaborated her key points more extensively. This book is compiled of blog posts on writing, the writing life, etc. While most of what Mixon wrote was true, I'm not sure it was exactly groundbreaking. Everything she said was correct--surprise the reader, make the story memorable, make sure the hook is strong--but she never said how to actually get all of those good things in a novel. Some may find this book helpful, but I found it a little frustrating. It would've been great if she had elaborated her key points more extensively.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Pat Stanford

    Good, quick read Since I reserve five stars for books I want to stand and cheer after finishing them, I seldom will give that rating. That said, I thought this was a good and quick read, peppered with wit and to the point tips. Minuses were typos and the chapter devoted to self promotion. The good parts were worth the read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Petite

    Had some interesting points.

  11. 5 out of 5

    teemz

  12. 5 out of 5

    Don Carlson

  13. 5 out of 5

    A. Catlin Wozniak

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    Mary

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    Amelia

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    Justin Snodgrass

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jay Fluellen

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anastasija

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    Tiffany

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  21. 5 out of 5

    Farzan Rocha

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Lyons

  23. 4 out of 5

    Charisse Peeler

  24. 5 out of 5

    S.M. Dapelo

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    Keara

  26. 4 out of 5

    Danny Crispi

  27. 5 out of 5

    simon catley

  28. 4 out of 5

    Felix

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mike Chara

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nancy E. McElree

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