Combining technical instruction; insights into the methods of working writers; forty exercises to stretch your imagination and practice your skills; and advice on where to find inspiration from the mundane to the monumental, it is both an enjoyable and challenging read.
The Perfect Word guides you through the writing process, providing you with key writing skills, and assisting you in the construction of your work and the creation of work of a publishable standard. The lessons explore techniques, ideas, subjects, and approaches – from the Edgar Wallace Plot Wheel and raiding your past for material, to turning two-dimensional figures into people and determining who will best tell your tale. Each lesson contains exercises throughout to enable you to experiment, practice, gauge your progress, and work your imagination.
Dip into it if you’re in need of a jolt out of a writing rut or follow the structured lessons through each component of good writing.
From your first venture out with a notebook, through the dangers of clichés, ellipses, and overwriting, to a lesson on how best to present your finished manuscript to a publisher or agent, this book provides a complete writing course.
What the writers say:
A light, easy voice took me enjoyably through the mechanics of writing. The lessons are excellent, building one on another in a logical progression, and the exercises are cleverly designed to consolidate the lessons. I enjoyed the objective view of writing with no hyperbole, which is no doubt due to the fact that this has been put together by professional editors. I particularly liked feedback and help being offered as a background to the lessons and exercises. This is a good indicator that the authors recognise the need of aspiring writers to have feedback and expertise on a personal basis. This whole package is professional, inspiring and makes learning beguilingly easy! Violet Golding
I bought The Perfect Word audio book in the hope that it would motivate me to get going on the novel I’ve been saying I’ll write for years. I started with the exercises and am pleased to say I’m now seven chapters into my novel. The lessons are terrific – interesting, straightforward, and entertaining with the focus on technique and the practical aspects of writing. They inspired me, too, to actually sit down and write, trying techniques and exploring ideas I’d never thought of but now wouldn’t want to work without. They’re about teaching you how to get words down on the page. And a good voice to listen to. Highly recommended. George Draper
If you’d like to try before you buy, you can hear samples on the Freebies page.
- The Perfect Word: The Fine Line Writing Course