this is the second collection from Aaron Paul Lazar's writing columns from a range of sources.
the insights , subjects, and styles are quite varied
it's a sereis of coulmns, so favortie character doesn't quite work. several of my favorite chapters, though, were the ones on where do you write? writing while traveling, and Lazar's first experience attending an in person writing group. his voice and perspective come through quite clearly, and his take each of these topics goes in directions you might not expect.
in addiiton to the chapters mentioned above, Lazar's chapter on producing an audio book is a good example of how to deliver information while telling a story, and his chapter on writing with kids is hilarious. I also liked the section he included in which he'd been interviewed by others.
description of the landscape of the Adirondacks in the section on where do you write
the tone of the writing and the tone of the narration is warm and friendly. different aspects of subject matter and approaach will naturally appeal to writers at different stages of experience and interest, but there are many useful insights in this nearly three hours of narration, and it's thoughtully organized
Telling his own stories and stories of the characters he’s created through the writing of sixteen (so far) mystery novels, Aaron Paul Lazar offers inspiration and information that'll be helpful to beginning writers.
Lazar’s thoughts will be especially helpful to emerging writers of fiction. Experienced writers of fiction, non fiction, and poetry will find thought provoking ideas here too though, especially perhaps in Lazar’s concluding chapters, on dreams and writing, downtime and dreams, and defining success.
Narrator George Kuch reads Lazar’s words in a warm engaging style, so that it seems as though you're listening to a trusted friend
Lazar talks about topics as varied as finding your own voice, how to know if you’re a real writer, tips on the nuts and bolts of writing, thoughts on why and how the writing of a couple of his favorite mystery writers works finding time to write -- there’s a lot of material here. It’s presented in short accessible chapters, though, twenty of them. It's fun to listen at one sitting because you want to know what comes next, but taking it in stages works too.
Even if you're not thinking of writing a book yourself, you may find this look behind the scene of a writer's work well worth the listening.
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