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How to Write: Advice and Reflections

by Richard Rhodes

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Just an excellent book of fundamentals from a very good writer of non-fiction. He also writes novels, but I haven't written any of them. ( )
  nmele | Aug 31, 2017 |
Rhodes delivers exactly what he promises: advice and reflections. He illustrates both with examples from his own work, sometimes detailed examples. If you like Rhodes' work, this is a great book to read. If you are a writer or aspiring writer, it is also a great book to read. ( )
  nmele | Apr 6, 2013 |
This is simply one of the best books on the craft of writing. One reason for this is the author is one of the best writers of non-fiction that I have ever read. Filled with great examples and references for writing and reading, the book covers the tools, voices, and research necessary for writing. He then spends two chapters outlining the process to take the tools and research and create actual writing. Beyond that the book provides guidelines and principles that may be applied to other areas of your life; thus it is also a self-help book of the literary sort. I have found that writing improves my thinking and reading. The synergy is wonderful and that, directly or indirectly, is one of the messages of this book. It is truly invaluable Both for your writing and reading life. ( )
  jwhenderson | Apr 10, 2011 |
Probably the best book on writing that I've read. Very clear, articulate and peaceful to read. Rhodes avoids the overwhelming nature of many books on writing and publishing. ( )
  bonbooko | Jul 15, 2006 |
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"If you want to write," says Richard Rhodes in the beginning of How to Write, "you can." That is not to say it will be easy. Rhodes is the author of short and long works of fiction and "verity" (he dislikes the word nonfiction, because it defines such a broad range of writing by what it is not), including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, which won a Pulitzer Prize. "Even now," he discloses, "all these books and articles later, writing often feels to me like groping in darkness along a wall."

While Rhodes has much solid advice about the grit one must bring to the writing life--"the best remedy for fear of writing ... is ... ass to chair"--it is his analogies about writing that are most refreshing. "Writing is a craft," he says. "I mean craft strictly: like carpentry or pottery, writing is handmade. Like other crafts as well, writing can sometimes be organized to the special depth and resonance people call art." Elsewhere, Rhodes compares structuring a work of writing to generalship. "A general," he writes, "needs to know what troops and weapons he commands and how they're deployed, but he also needs to develop a strategy for fighting battles and winning the war. The battles probably won't go as he plans, of course. If his strategy is sufficiently flexible, he'll be able to adapt it to circumstances and still come out victorious." And finally, he says, "writing is always like scuba diving, a descent as deep as you can or dare to go, given your capacity and your level of skill."

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"How To Write will appeal to those who desire a career in writing, who want to express themselves better through language, or who are interested in the beauty and the magic of language. Comfortably and familiarly, Rhodes addresses the concerns of all writers: finding your voice, researching your subject, the business and process of writing - including getting your manuscript published once you have finished it - and keeping grounded in your work." "Rich with personal vignettes about the author's sources of inspiration, How To Write is also a memoir of one of the most original writers of our day. Readers will be drawn to Rhodes's frank and honest remembrances of his difficult childhood and his testimony to how writing acted as a form of therapy. How To Write sparks new excitement about writing and language and provides a deeper look at a master of both."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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