The Writer’s Practice: Building Confidence in Your Nonfiction Writing

Book review by Deane Barker tags: writing

I abandoned this at about the halfway point, for two reasons:

  1. I probably wasn’t the right audience. It’s geared toward more novice writers.

  2. It’s fundamentally a book of exercises (the title was pretty clear about this; I should have paid more attention). Each chapter is a writing prompt that you’re supposed to actually sit down and do, and I wasn’t that interested. Don’t get me wrong, they’re quite good – they’re well thought-out, and the larger goal is very clear. The author teaches non-fiction writing, and he’s clearly quite skilled at that. But I’m not a “do the exercises” kind of guy, I guess.

So, not a good fit, but not a bad book. So I’m not giving it a star rating because it wouldn’t really be fair. The book wasn’t good for me but would probably be great for someone else.

Book Info

John Warner
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