Book Of The Week, 9th August 2021

Ross Raisin, Read this if you want to be a great writer.
Published by Lawrence King Publishing PB, £12.99

It is often said that everyone has a novel in them. It is less often said that that is precisely where it should stay. Bad writing is everywhere, not least in that semi-sacred art-form, the novel. Fear no more, prospective writers of the future, for we have the book for you!

It is often said that everyone has a novel in them. It is less often said that that is precisely where it should stay. Bad writing is everywhere, not least in that semi-sacred art-form, the novel. Fear no more, prospective writers of the future, for we have the book for you!

Ross Raisin’s elegantly written book is helpfully divided up into step-by-step sections that explain how to cultivate the seed of an idea; how to take your first steps to plan it out; how to hone your technique; and how to develop a sense of style. Each part is also accompanied by excerpts from many of your favourite novels, followed by accessibly detailed explorations of why each piece is successful. Both inspirational and practical, this is learning from the best.

Without a doubt, this book is one of the most useful creative writing guides available today and is packed with tips from a cavalcade of great writers from the past to the present, from the Master himself – Henry James – to Ali Smith. Read This If You Want To Be A Great Writer, indeed!