A Mixed Bag, but Rightfully So
While it’s my preference to have books on writing be done by one writer with clear examples and exercises, Scott Nicholson has managed to form a collection of essays by successful, charismatic writers, including himself, ranging from personal anecdotes to tips dealing with the art, craft, and business of writing fiction.
I only found one article that was contradictory and not as much in line with the rest of the essay, but other than that, having multiple authors means multiple opinions. It wouldn’t be fair of me to expect them all to mesh, and it’s actually better that they don’t. It allows for multiple opinions and viewpoints in the writing process, which acknowledges that there is no one true way of writing by virtue of there being so many kinds of books being written as we speak. Nicholson acknowledges this at the Afterword, by telling readers to “take the advice that works and leave the rest” that doesn’t, which shows that he’s thought deeply about how this book is presented. And for that, I respect him.
I wouldn’t consider this one a “must-have” if you’re a reader that studies by looking at topics in depth, but I wouldn’t consider it a complete waste of time either. I think Write Good or Die has worthy information about the art, craft, and business of writing to get a beginning writer fired up and informed or an advanced writer thinking of trying something new in the “Art” or “Craft” sections. Though, I can see this being geared more toward the unpublished, beginning writer than anyone else. Also, last I checked, the Kindle version is free, so if you get it, you have nothing but time to lose, and bits of tips and information to gain.