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Yours to Tell: Dialogues on the Art & Practice of Writing

by Steve Rasnic Tem

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I read this more for the the fascinating peek into the mental process of authors I admire than for the chance to perk up my writing skills, but I still really enjoyed the chance to read this. The Tems taught a writing workshop and basically transcribed it for this book, and the result is a wonderful chance to sit-in on the lesson. Writing workshops, especially the major ones, always offer only a limited number of spots, and it's the rare interested applicant who has the time and money resources to make this sort of education investment. Authors publishing books like this is the next best thing. Four stars.
  MyriadBooks | Jun 23, 2017 |
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The authors provide a mini-course in writing, with advice
on every aspect of the craft. They don't narrow it to advice
about their own genres, but give ideas for plot, setting, characters,
theme, etc., which apply to most writing. As an author, I need to
keep learning, so I found this book helpful, one I can use as a
reference when I need help on my work in progress ( )
  Karen_Hoerath_Meyer | Jun 14, 2017 |
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My frustration with writing books is wading through the formulaic approaches, high priestly lofty wisdom tomes, or a mashup of conventional writing advice. The discussion format feels as if you are overhearing a deep conversation of both writing philosophies, practical advice, and skill-sharpening suggestions without the forced dialog that the conversation format can become. Drawing from their experience writing and teaching workshops, the authors provide guidance on the elements of short story writing and novels and provide thoughtful commentary on writing "conventional wisdom" and "rules for publication," even wounding a few sacred cows along the way, though not coming across as pretentious. Several times while reading the book I was moved to start writing and put the skills into use. I'll warn you that they are avid readers and you will not only come away with writing knowledge but a reading lists of books they recommend to appreciate good writing. ( )
1 vote RhodesDavis | Jun 12, 2017 |
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Team Tem effectively manage to invite their readers into an ongoing conversation that takes place among writers of different levells of expertise and choice of genre. The purpose of this book not only empowers and encourages, but articulates the process of writing in terms that make sense to a variety of potential students of the craft. Teacher, such as myself, can and will use these methods and experiences to help demonstrate how the writing process should unfold organically and, most importantly, how one should never be intimidated by the intricacies of the process, the subject, or the audience. Once one wraps their head abound the dialogue driven structure and understands the varying levels of expertise among its contributors, this book proves to be an excellent read! ( )
  inkimpediment | May 21, 2017 |
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Yours to Tell: Dialogues on the Art & Practice of Writing is at best a transcript from a podcast you haven't listened to. Though the technique of going back and forth between the two authors allows for one to read the book as if it were an interview from a long article, it becomes tedious when multiple views are presented, constantly going back and forth on what a certain subject means, and whereas it should be a treat to see all points of view on a topic, it can be annoying when chapter after chapter presents one view, only to negate it a few paragraphs later. The authors boast over 200 published pieces, and though I hadn't heard of them before picking up this book, I know a decent handful of their titles as they advertise their own books at almost every turn. (At times they will use classics as examples, but more often than not, they draw on their own books. This can be said to be a positive thing, write what you know, and giving us their own personal examples, but when using their own publications as an example as frequently as they do, at a certain point one gets the impression that they are really just reading an advertorial.) Overall I would give it 3 stars out of five, because if you are a fan of the authors, you may like it. Having never read any of their books, most of the examples are lost on me. On the other hand if you are a writer looking at books on writing, I'd recommend Stephen King's On Writing as the go-to source, or even Writing Fiction for Dummies as a quick reference guide. ( )
  LWWilliams | May 19, 2017 |
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