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

by Steve Rasnic Tem

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Quite a readable book considering the topic area (I am not a writer ... at the moment). Provided many insights to the effort of producing successful written works, both as short stories and novels.

The dialogue approach used by the authors allowed for development of ideas as one would expect to occur in a workshop environment. Often building at times on each others comments and ideas. The dialogue approach allowed the two to provide alternative approaches to the development of the story, often in a slightly humourous way through their rapport.

The book breaks down into the classic areas of story development plot, theme, character development et al. The book ends with two entertaining chapters about the life(s) of these authors as writers.

Throughout the book good examples are pulled from many renowned writers and their books. At time the authors use their own works for examples of the concepts under discussion. (The word very referencing the examples was removed, a common lesson in editing and strongly support by Steve and Melanie in the chapter on revisions.)

I found the writers interesting and it has created an interest on my part to seek some of their works, specifically Steve's short stories.

If you are a budding writer and are not sure how to get engaged in the process, this would be a good start for developing the skills you need. ( )
  ScouterMooch | Apr 6, 2017 |
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