HOOKED LES EDGERTON PDF

All you have to do is follow your gut. Some of the exercises are short and fun e. Yes - research! Or pick four words that you associate with the scene and free-associate three more words for each of these word clustering. In addition to the exercises, it includes discussion of good voice-building techniques. For instance, some of the techniques discussed come from actors, and are adapted for writers:"Successful actors make marvelous use of their own individualities in creating the roles they play on the screen.

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All you have to do is follow your gut. Some of the exercises are short and fun e. Yes - research! Or pick four words that you associate with the scene and free-associate three more words for each of these word clustering. In addition to the exercises, it includes discussion of good voice-building techniques. For instance, some of the techniques discussed come from actors, and are adapted for writers:"Successful actors make marvelous use of their own individualities in creating the roles they play on the screen.

You can use the same technique to create the roles you play on the page. For a truly great example of non-fiction voice, combined with excellent writing advice, I also recommend "Bird by Bird" by Anne Lamott. January 1, John Hanson We writers are almost constantly told about voice. In snippets. This is the only book I know of dedicated to our writing voice, and as such, it contains probably more than you want or need. Les includes many examples, passages from his works and from works of authors who have found and used their own voice successfu We writers are almost constantly told about voice.

Les includes many examples, passages from his works and from works of authors who have found and used their own voice successfully. I have also written a million and a half words already in my own voice. Nobody needs this book. Yet we all do; because as know it alls, we really know nothing. Les lays it out for us, and while we may skip over parts or yell at him as we read, we all need to read his words and learn from him.

This book is a legacy maker. This is a book I recommend for anybody and everybody. We all write; we all need to find our own true voice. Thanks Les! January 1, Lauren At first I agreed and liked the examples and opinions used.

Edgerton has a fluid style and makes it easy to read the book. As I got further in it felt more like gospel and eventually I got to points that I thought was bad advice or just poorly written.

For example he says trust your voice and that he has totem rewrites down to one or two I think as many rewrites as it takes is what we should aim for and it all depe At first I agreed and liked the examples and opinions used.

I think as many rewrites as it takes is what we should aim for and it all depends on how you approach writing. Some people do end up with many revisions, but they may have also gotten through the first draft by just letting all worries go. He also says no book, teacher, author, and so on should be taken with a grain of salt, but I just disagree.

We can learn from so many others, we just should remind ourselves that others are sometimes wrong, but it does not mean you can not learn a great deal from other authors or books. While I just flat out did not agree with some ideas from this book, I felt a bit of the message was repetitive. Thank you again, Les. After reading "Hooked", I really love this book as well. Thank you for writing it! Basically, trust your gut, get rid of that critic-nag-dude or dudette in you and others, and just write for yourself.

January 1, Marta C. Not that learning how to write hurts, it can kill. Unless you find authors who can grip you by the gut. Shows me the way back to why I want and need to write. How to be myself and have the guts to tell you my truth. Not to "kill my darlings" to please everyone but to murder my people pleasing insecurity. EditNow I add, in no way did I intend to say that learning is an impediment to writing but to me, it was a detriment because I tried to change myself like the dough before it becomes a pretzel.

I continue to read and take courses in writing but not to twist myself into feelings of inadequacy but to trust that what I learn is a tool to make me the best author I can be. His humor and personal anecdotes made this a fantastic read. Talk about voice. The entire reading experience was a lot less like learning and whole lot more like a personal lecture on letting go and being myself on the page.

One of my Favorites. January 1, Lisa Ciarfella Mr. Edgerton is top notch when it comes to offering up the tricks of the trade to beginning and aspiring authors.

His warmth, humor, and on target wisdom comes from a very real place, in true spirit of wanting to help. The prompts and exercises alone are more than worth the price of admission! Especially the critic nag-dude letter! If you need a little help in this direction, look no farther. Les is your man! He makes you toss out the window everything you ever learned in school about writing. Definitely worth your time and money to invest in. January 1, Matthew Pierce His other book - Hooked - was much better.

Nevertheless, this also is a good book. I bet if I had read this before Hooked, I would have rated it higher. January 1, Susan Fields I highly recommend this book. January 1, Gisele Thomson This was a great book on giving you permission, as a writer, to speak from your core. This book is definitely a good push in the right direction to get on already with producing the words consistently and full confidence that what you, and only what you can say because of your life experience, is not This was a great book on giving you permission, as a writer, to speak from your core.

This book is definitely a good push in the right direction to get on already with producing the words consistently and full confidence that what you, and only what you can say because of your life experience, is not just good enough.

It is exactly what readers, agents, publishers and so on are looking for: your voice. Un buen conjunto de informes, consejos y verdades sobre la escritura y sobre encontrar la voz de cada uno. He had some very good suggestions for how to work through finding your voice. But it was still good to read about ways to protect it and develop it without losing it.

January 1, Erin Geil This was another book that I read while in college, not for a class, just for myself. I think it really helps you fine tune that voice you are looking for that will help you write that book, short story, or poem more effectively. January 1, Voice chapter was the most interesting. Nice exercises too. January 1, Rod Raglin Which comes first, voice or craft? In Finding Your Voice: How to Put Personality in Your Writing, author Les Edgerton begins by blaming all the English teachers you had through elementary and secondary school for destroying your original voice.

I thought learning how to write came first and voice came after that, a Which comes first, voice or craft? I advance the concept that once you learn how to write, and I mean actually put in those 10, hours to become reasonably adept at the craft, voice comes naturally.

And you know what? I think Edgerton believes that as well, because once I got past the idea this book was about magically finding your voice, I realized it was a book about how to write, and a solid one at that, and written in an easy, kind of folksy, non academic voice. And it worked, at least on me. Sure it is the condescending voice of an old man shouting at the neighborhood kids about the good old days all while trying in his mind to stay "hip.

With that said, I do have hope of learning something in this book and so I am pressing onward. I think I should just get through it as quickly as possible, concentrating on the exercises and not the meaningless babble that tries to sell more Les Edgerton Les Edgerton has found his voice. I think I should just get through it as quickly as possible, concentrating on the exercises and not the meaningless babble that tries to sell more Les Edgerton books and also trump the values of this one.

On page 15 he actually tells the reader that if they have trouble recognizing a good writing book this book is one. How many more lies must I endure on my quest to reach the end?

I have finished this book and it never got any better. I am sure Edgerton wrote this with the intention to help people and I am sure it can. The problem I had with it was that after I left the 3rd grade I went on to learn a little more about writing. Edgerton assumes that his reader has not. The exercises had no redeeming value for me but I am sure they would for someone who has no idea how language works.

Things like look at something you wrote and get rid of all the adjectives and adverbs is a blanket rule with a lot of flaws. For instance, to get rid of the adverbs is admirable and what a profession writer would do, but he would also then change the verbs to stronger verbs to get his point across. He ran quickly equals He sprinted but He ran quickly does not equal He ran. Instead of telling the reader to get rid of adverbs tell them and show them how to replace their verbs.

Finally, the way to get better at writing is not through reading how to write books as Edgerton suggests. The only tried and true way to get better at writing and find you voice is to write and do it often!

I thought learning how to write came first and voice came after that, and Which comes first, voice or craft? What Les Edgerton, a fantastic writer and writing teacher, shows is the number of not-so-obvious influences that tell us not to have our own voice. Everyone from your sixth grade English teacher to the iconic writers of the past and the plethora of creative writing books and he makes his no exception, btw Much in this book helps you to understand the literary contexts of past writers, which can explain the great differences in styles between books written in the past and books written now.

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HOOKED LES EDGERTON PDF

On writing, books, films, potpourri and lagniappe on anything and everything Hi folks, Many, if not most of the folks who visit my blog are writers or avid readers. Therefore, I think you are the best possible audience to let know what recently happened to me. As you know, it takes a lot to create a book. In my case, I average about a year for each book. Now there are edits to perform.

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Alex Kourvo 4 stars , craft books We all do it. Whether at the bookstore or using our e-readers, we choose a novel based on a shockingly short sample. After looking over the cover and scanning the blurb, we read the first few pages. Edgerton starts by detailing the goals of the first few pages.

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