Reviewed by Cesca Major
I was sent 'Write' - a neat little piece of non-fiction to help fledgling writers craft a novel. It is an attractive book that could pop in any handbag or pocket, and is also a handy little read for giving you a kick start and helping you consider all the elements in the process of writing a book. The chapters are concise and to the point. They are written by a range of esteemed novelists - Margaret Atwood, Susan Hill, Martin Amis to name a few - who offer practical advice and examples of what NOT to do.
I have recently been editing my novel and found the section on re-drafting extremely helpful. It reminded me of the importance of cutting out clichés and getting rid of embarrassingly long similes. It also reminded me that if it sounds like writing then it needs to be re-written!
A lot of this stuff isn't new, but it is a good refresher. If you are staring into space you could get yourself going by making one of the sections your focus. You could do a lot worse than this writing guide. The Guardian have collated plenty of tips from an inspiring bunch of writers and it is an accessible and logical little read.