Friday, October 2, 2015

'About Writing' by Suz deMello

Perfect for the advanced or aspiring author, ABOUT WRITING includes both Write This, Not That! Suz deMello's bestseller, and the newer Plotting and Planning, a primer on the basics: conflict and character, point of view, scene and much, much more, written in deMello's engaging style.

ABOUT WRITING: your essential writing manual!

About Writing by Suz deMello is a small, but powerful book for beginners and experienced writers alike. This little book is an excellent reference to remind all authors of the goals of becoming a better author.  I love that Ms. deMello started with this quote, “There are three rules to writing a novel.  Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” – Somerset Maugham. Is this not the truth?  How many times have we endeavored to learn the correct way to write and then we pick up a best seller and the author has broken all the rules?  This being said, Ms. deMello explains in clear language and with excellent examples the building blocks of writing.  She offers excellent ideas for developing characters, plot, conflict, and even how to stir up an author’s creative juices. I believe the most important message in this book is “everything in a story should contribute to it, from the biggest monster to the tiniest comma.”  I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in improving their writing. Keep it close and read it often.

Best-selling, award-winning author Suz deMello, a.k.a Sue Swift, has written seventeen romance novels in several subgenres, including erotica, comedy, historical, paranormal, mystery and suspense, plus a number of short stories and non-fiction articles on writing. A freelance editor, she’s held the positions of managing editor and senior editor, working for such firms as Totally Bound and Ai Press. She also takes private clients. Her books have been favorably reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Booklist, won a contest or two, attained the finals of the RITA and hit several bestseller lists. A former trial attorney, her passion is world travel. She’s left the US over a dozen times, including lengthy stints working overseas. She’s now writing a vampire tale and planning her next trip.
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