Ever wish you could peer into the brain of a published author and learn what tips he's absorbed over the years? How did he get where he is? How many times did he submit manuscripts before he sold his books?
Or maybe you'd like to delve into the psychology of writing, and learn what motivates him. How does he balance life with writing? How can regular tweeting help?
In Volume 1 of Write Like the Wind, Lazar offers advice on “forbidden words”, “hooking your reader”, and “writing like you talk.” These hard skills are complemented by recommendations for promotion, such as “writing reviews to build your platform” and step-by-step instructions on how to prepare for a radio show.
Join award-winning mystery author Aaron Paul Lazar as he shares the cream of the crop from seven years of writing blogs in this fresh and unique offering of advice for fellow scribes.
©2012 Aaron Paul Lazar (P)2013 Aaron Paul Lazar
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.
A writing book from one of my newly-favortie authors, Aaron Paul Lazar. Sage advice from seasoned author Aaron Paul Lazar allows the rest of us to jump ahead and incorporate into our own writing, lessons that he had to learn the hard way.
Aaron Paul Lazar details the lists of writing do's and don't that he has gleaned while interspersing vignettes from his own life to help us get a pictures of what it is acutally like, in the life of a real person, to write.
The only downside of the book is that he shows us how undeniably human he is and therefore he leaves none of us an "out" for not getting that novel we have been planning on writting or for its not being at least well on the way to being completed.
Aaron Paul Lazar works full time as an engineer, traveling an hour and a half each day for work. He has primary care for the running of his household, makes his wife, children and extended family his first priorities, lavishes care on his beautiful gardens, and exercises daily. And he finds time to write, daily. Several family members have serious health concerns that he deals with with loving conscientiousness (yes, I do know this personally). And he finds time to write, daily.
I have already begun using some of the suggestions in this book in my own writing (no, I don't write daily but I am writing more frequently). Aaron's enthusiasm for life and for his family and for his envronment come through in his writing pushing the reader to be more alive and aware and excited to be writing. This book is appropriate for beginning through moderately advanced writers.
This is an easy book to listen to in the a audiobook verson. The narrator George Kuch, brings Aaron Paul Lazar's words to life. He performs this book well making it a pleasure to listen to.
SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!
I'm reviewing all three of Lazar's audiobooks together because I procrastinated like hell from doing something by listening to all three volumes one...right...after...the other. It got to be grueling. I usually jack up my listening speed to 1.25, but this narrator plods so dreadfully 1.50 had to do it for me. This Volume, however, of all three volumes, had the very, very important tip that certain words are dead giveaways to editors/agents that a writer's work is amateurish: "just" (I knew that one), "because" (yup, got it), "suddenly" (sure, kiss of death), and... "that" (what?!?). So this volume made me go back to my manuscript and pick through a MULTITUDE of "that"s. I suppose, then, it was good that I was procrastinating.
Other than that, expect a lot of personal anecdotes from Lazar's life and excerpts from his own writing.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go back to editing :(
Aaron Lazar is such a good, prolific writer, I wanted to see how he does it. He mixes his personal story and his own trials and errors with solid advice for writing, making it much more interesting to read than a simple how-to book. His common-sense approach combined with accepted and proven practices is well worth reading (or listening to). Lazar's writing reveals his philosophy about life as well as his attitude toward his stories, and his conversational style translates comfortably to audio.
His output is amazing to me, but I hope he keeps the books coming. I'm looking forward to more of his novels.
George Kuch's rich, easy voice is a good fit for this book. I enjoyed listening to him; his matter-of-fact manner works well with Lazar's ideas on writing and life in general. Kudos to both of them!
Information from the narrator that was tips to an author.
The one I hated. Twitter. I did not want any tweeting in my life but the birds (I still don't want it) I forced myself to set up a Twitter account after listening to the twitted chapter.
This is the best book in the three book series.
This is clearly a heart felt examination of a man's life as a writer but perhaps it is my personal malfunction but I didn't get this at all. There are aspects of the man's life that are extremely poignant and I certainly salute his personal strength and writer's fortitude but this book did not make a favorable impact on me. Sorry. I suck.
I would definitively recommend this book, especially to writers and aspiring writers who are looking to perfect and understand their craft. In this awesome audible, Aaron Lazar's belief in joyful writing really shines through.I loved listening to it, because it's crammed full with all kinds of goodies. In this candid exploration of the writer's life, Lazar shares strategies that free us to indulge in the creative process. His message is upbeat, his advice sage and his hope always high.
My favorite line? "When life gets tough, take pleasure on the little things and write like the wind!"
I think that Mr. Kuch did a wonderful job with this audible. I feel as if I'm listening to the writer himself. The quality of the voice and the recording was top notch and the narration was clear, fresh, soothing and engaging.
There's a lot of great stuff in this volume. The audible's chapters are packed with the kind of practical information that new writers need to know and more experienced writers need to remember. Beyond refreshing my basics, I now have a long list of issues that I want to review and upgrade in my writing. I also feel like Mr. Lazar inspired me to transform the way I look at my craft and I really appreciate him sharing his personal experiences, especially about overcoming hardship. After listening to Write Like the Wind, I feel supported, encouraged and inspired.
I'm recommending this book to all of writer friends.
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