Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell

I've read countless books on the craft, but James Scott Bell's are permanently a part of my library. Writers, you need to get your hands on this book! Here's my official review:

The thing I love most about The Art of War for Writers is that every writer, from newbie to seasoned professional, can glean from its pages. You can pick it up at different stops on your journey and learn something new. It inspires even as it spurs you on in your writing career. And that’s really the focus of this book—how to develop a career in writing. Says Bell, “The writer must understand the essentials of success for a long-term writing career, and count the cost accordingly.” What does that take? How do you overcome the obstacles along the way? The book’s short, meaty chapters share real answers to these questions and more. And while there’s certainly some how-to advice on the craft within its pages, Bell has already covered craft techniques in his two noteworthy books Plot & Structure and Revision & Self Editing. The Art of War for Writers is more a battle plan on how to beat the enemies we all face in our writing pursuits. Let’s face it—writing is a fight. But in The Art of War we’re shown that with the proper attitude and tactics we can be victorious. That’s something every writer needs to hear.

You can pick up a copy at Amazon.com here. It'll be a ten spot well spent!


Karen Lange said...

Would like to get this one. Love Bell's stuff! Got 'Plot and Structure' recently and want to read that soon too. Thanks for sharing this!

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

Great review. I loved this book.
~ Wendy

tonya said...

this book sounds wonderful!can't wait to get a copy and dig in.

Elizabeth Laryn said...

Love this book! I need to pick it up again and again.