Saturday, October 30, 2010
To the Mattresses Week 43 - 10 Rules for Writing
It ended up going back to where it came from.
Disappointment might not be a strong enough word.
Don't get me wrong. The advice offered by Mr. Leonard is rather generic, but good. If I hadn't already read a million How-To books it might have been helpful. But after Story, On Writing, Telling Lies for Fun and Profit and a few other gems, it just felt like it wasn't enough to justify the $14.95 price tag. Seriously, I could post the entire content on this site and it would just seem like an overly long post.
However, if you get the chance, read the darn thing. Like I said, it's helpful, almost like quick reminders instead of a long lecture. Certainly concise. And Joe Ciardiello's illustrations are very good.
But not good enough. To this day I wouldn't own a copy if I hadn't found it in the Dollar Tree. That's right, a dollar store. It nearly broke my heart to see his work beside copies of unreadable crap, and I ended up purchasing both copies on the shelf. They just didn't deserve to be there.