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Writing Your Way: Creating a Writing Process That Works for You

by Don Fry

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Like many others, I came to this book as a long form, fiction writer, so I found little of use in it. The writer does say, in the first chapter, that the information should apply to all writers, but very little of it does - which is fine.
I gave it 2 stars, not because it didn't apply to me, but because I felt that, even for feature writers, it tries to be too much for too wide an audience. If the reader needs to be told that he needs to have an idea, get his grammar right and research his articles, then he's barely competent to begin a career in feature writing, and won't have enough articles to assess, to start considering his 'voice. Worrying about 'voice' seems a bit too much pressure to put on such a beginning writer, while the first part seems too introductory for anyone wanting to polish their craft, and would probably be put down before they got to the applicable part. ( )
  Darcy-Conroy | Sep 28, 2015 |
If you're wondering whether or not to read this book, start with deciding if you're in the target audience. Fry says he meant this book for "nonfiction writers who are not journalists." He talks a lot about working with editors, so I'm thinking journalists might be part of his audience anyway. But if you're a would-be novelist, while you'll probably find something useful in here, your time might be better spent reading books focused on fiction writing.

Fry aims to present a range of writing techniques with the intention that the reader pick through them and put together a personalized writing process. I thought the book did have a slight "list" feel to it: one technique following another, on and on (it started out as individual blog posts, which probably contributed to that feeling). The techniques are organized by what I think is his own process, from having an idea, through developing and researching it, to writing and revising it. He also has a chapter on creating your writing voice; one of the only books I've found that has practical suggestions on developing it. Reading the whole book start to finish took a bit of effort on my part, probably because of that "list" feel. You wouldn't usually read a blog straight through from its first posts without taking breaks to read other things, and I think this book would also digest better when read in small doses. Nonfiction writers, especially those intending to write magazine articles and/or blog posts, are likely to find this book useful; others may wish to borrow the book first to see if it's right for them. ( )
  Silvernfire | Nov 6, 2013 |
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This guide helps budding writers develop their own writing processes, emphasizing strengths and avoiding weaknesses, by offering multiple ways to accomplish the five basic stages of writing: idea, gather, organize, draft, and revise.

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