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Book Reviews
Book Reviews - December
By Rowdy Rhodes and Stephanie Elliott
December, 2005, 23:42

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Title: The Renegade Writer, 2nd Edition
Author: Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell
Publisher: Marion Street Press
ISBN: 1933338008
Reviewer: Rowdy Rhodes
IN Rating:

Review: The second edition of The Renegade Writer is now available. It's true this is a Totally Unconventional Guide To Freelance Writing and the first edition has already helped thousands of freelance writers break free of the standard rules of the industry and thrive by doing so.

Now the second edition picks up where the first left off and contains two important improvements. First, a dozen more career-wreaking rules are smashed, further freeing writers to succeed. Second, 10 thriving renegade writers are profiled, each telling a success story and providing tips for others.

The Renegade Writer, 2nd Edition is an even more valuable resource than the first. New writers and veterans alike will be inspired by the unconventional advice on getting into new markets, finding more writing work, and how to make more money doing it.

Reviewer Bio: Rowdy Rhodes is Site Director of the Freelance Writing Organization International http://www.fwointl.com and General Manager of Inkwell Newswatch (IN)

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Title: About Writing: 7 Essays, 4 Letters & 5 Interviews
Author: Samuel R. Delany
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
ISBN 0-8195-6715-9 cloth; 0-8195-6716-7 paper
Reviewer: Stephanie Elliott

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Review: In this fine book, prminent author Samuel R. Delany writes about his own experience as a writer and writing teacher of 35 years. He addresses challenges he has met in his own writing, as well as challenges his students face.

He also calls on writers to break from traditional structures in their writing and to seek new ways of seeing and explaining the world.

Delany combines advice on practicing the art of fiction with his views on the state of the contemporary novel and the nature of literary reputations and how they are formed and upheld. The result is a revelation: of how great fiction is created, how the writer's image influences the perception of his/her work, and how it fits into today's world -- valuable information for any writer trying to find a home for their work in today's competitive literary marketplace.

Delany begins by explaining what "good" writing is; and how to get rid of clutter, design a good plot and create interesting characters. He shares teachings that have worked in his courses and discusses the magic that transforms "good" writing to "talented" writing, such as how to listen to sound and rhythm and cultivate rhetorical awareness.

As a teacher, he is inspiring, demanding and meticulous, and About Writing is as close as one can get to Delany's writing courses without entering his classroom.

Samuel R. Delany has won the William Whitehead Memorial Award for a lifetime's contribution to gay and lesbian literature. He has also been recognized with both Hugo and Nebula awards, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Darkroom Black Students Collective at Harvard University. Delany is currently a professor of English and creative writing at Temple University.

Reviewer Bio: Stephanie Elliott is a freelance book reviewer and works at Wesleyan University Press Email selliott@wesleyan.edu Website www.wesleyan.edu/wespress.

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