So, You Want to be a Writer reviewed by Georgie Donaghey

So You Want To Be A Writer
Book Review
So You Want To Be A Writer with Valerie Khoo & Allison Tait

Writing is a solitary act. Rewards can be few and far between. Dedication and hard work need to be unwavering. Writers often search for that thread that connects them with other writers. When I began reading So, You Want to be a Writer, I immediately felt that connection. Imagine a gospel choir singing Hallelujah.

This new resource has evolved from the hugely popular So, You Want to be a Writer Podcast hosted by Australia writing industry legends, Allison Tait and Valerie Khoo.

I’ve read a few ‘How To’ books in my life, well ok I’ve read plenty, especially on the subject of becoming an author. I’m in no way discrediting those other books, but this one had a different feel. It’s simple, motivational and gets to the point without all the fluff.

Broken into easy to navigate sections. I found it particularly helpful that I didn’t need to read it from cover to cover, but still had the option to. I could pop in and out of sections without skipping a beat.

Chapter 1: Ready to be a writer?
Chapter 2: Your first few steps into the world of writing
Chapter 3: What kind of writer do you want to be?
Chapter 4: What skills do you need?
Chapter 5: Finding your tribe
Chapter 6: Where to find ideas
Chapter 7: Dealing with other people
Chapter 8: Do you want to go on a date?
Chapter 9: How to make time to write
Chapter 10: How to be creative when you’re tired
Chapter 11: Technology is your friend
Chapter 12: What do you really want?
Chapter 13: Don’t just take our word for it
Chapter 14: So now what?

Allison and Valerie have hand-picked key information from their podcasts and shared the teachings of over 120 writers in this publication.

Contributors come from a variety of literary genres and offer solid advice you can utilise to fit your chosen genre. There are tips for those just beginning on their writing path, to getting your first publishing deal. How to deal with editors, agents, marketing, sales and everything in between?

Everyone has busy lives. It’s all about how we juggle what we need to do, to be able to do what we want to do. If you are looking for a book that is going to tell you how to write or what to write, this one’s not for you. If you are craving a book that cuts through the BS, gets into your soul and shows you how you can be a successful writer, this book will resonate with you.

I often talk about the writing journey. It’s hard, you must to be committed. You need to be focussed and work hard. This book is the pot gold at the end of that journey, except now you’ll have it at the beginning of your journey 😊

To find out more about this book, visit the Australian Writers’ Centre website.


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