This compilation includes seminars on Writing 101, Writing Exciting!, Writer's Legal Workshop, Publish or Persist, Building Characters, and Plotting and Planning.
The panelists include Bill Baldwin, New York Times best-selling author of the Helmsman series; Ron Miller, Hugo Book of the Year and Violet Crown Award winning author and illustrator; Lillian Stewart Carl, author of eight novels and numerous short stories of mystery, suspense, romance, fantasy, & science fiction; Denise Tiller, author of Calculated Risk, Life, Health, and Annuity Reinsurance; Carol Woods, Senior Editor, Timberwolf Press; S.P. Swartz, Attorney at Law, Chief Legal Counsel for Timberwolf Press; Jim Cline, author of A Small Percentage, co-author of Website Sound, Producer and Chief Technology Officer, Timberwolf Press; Patrick Seaman, CEO, Timberwolf Press.
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There are some decent ideas here, but very few original ones. If this had been sold in segments you could cherry-pick selected panel discussions and consider it a good buy. Unfortunately, you have to wade through a lot of repetition, digression, and soap box oratory by the participants to get a smattering of useful commentary.
Instead of this book, look for tighter, more constructive writing books by Sol Stein, William Froug, and Dwight Swain to name a few.
It is not called that when you download it.
A few low-level CO-authors of text books (not on writing) and other insurance industry technical work. They do not shed any insight into what an aspiring author like myself was looking for. NOT AT ALL Exciting.
You are in trouble if you turn to an author of a text book on re-insurance for your excitement inducing content.
A bit dry. Some useful information, but also stresses a little too much what not to do and how you can be annoying to editors (editor in particular saying this) by doing so...
The information about writing and publishing is solid and its fairly interesting to listen to. It sounds like a radio broadcast.
"Good for beginning writers"
This is a series of workshops aimed mainly at novice writers, although a more experienced writer can certainly pick up some tips and motivation too. The panel members are experienced authors and editors who know what they're talking about.
The recording consists of a series of six seminars, each about an hour long. The first, 'Writing 101', is a good general overview of all the basics of fiction writing, and is an excellent resource for new writers. This is followed by 'Writing Exciting', a discussion of what makes a story exciting. Third is 'The Writer's Legal Workshop', an overview of legal questions and potential problems that any writer needs to consider. 'Publish or Persist' discusses how to get yourself published. The last two seminars, 'Building Characters' and 'Plotting and Planning', are in-depth discussions of these two vital areas of fiction writing.
Since these are panel discussions, you're bound to find yourself liking and taking more from some participants than others. The workshops were recorded live, with some people participating remotely, so the sound is occasionally less than perfect, but you do get a feel of taking part in a real discussion with knowledgeable experts.
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