About the book:
The Writer’s Companion is a complete writing course contained in one book. It is written with a voice and style that entertains rather than lecturing the reader into a coma.
Why write ANOTHER book on creative writing?
Because over the past ten years we’ve done little else except learning the hard way everything contained in this book. We’ve attended courses, endured many rejections, and between us published novels and short stories, composed hundreds of articles, edited and reviewed thousands of manuscripts, and sold millions of words to paying markets.
Above all, we are mongrel writers, and that alone gives us with the moral right to compile this book.
We wanted to put together a book that would be useful to us and our harassed kin: other mongrel writers. In our opinion, a book on writing penned by one of the household names who monopolize the NYT Bestsellers List wouldn’t be of much use to us. These thoroughbreds learned the craft (those who did) a long time ago and are used to being fussed over, groomed, vaccinated, deloused, and taken for walkies by agents, publishers, and editors. On the other hand, we’re there, on the street, under railway bridges, in mole-infested and unheated garages, and in vacant lots, burning the midnight oil in the company of other mongrel scribes because writing is our passion. We don’t wear a tag or belong to any posh kennel club, but we have never forgotten our origins, or how to enjoy a good scratch.
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