Tuesday 27 July 2021

Book Review: Robert's Rules of Writing - 111 Unconventional Lessons Every Writer Needs to Know by Robert Masello (Non-Fiction)

Title: Robert's Rules of Writing - 111 Unconventional Lessons Every Writer Needs to Know
Author: Robert Masello
Publisher: Allworth
Publication Date: 21 September 2021
Pages: 256
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: Non-Fiction
Source: ARC via NetGalley

Although there’s no shortage of books on writing and publishing, there’s none quite like Robert’s Rules of Writing: 111 Unconventional Lessons Every Writer Needs to Know. Drawing on his many years of experience as an award-winning journalist, TV writer, and the author of over twenty books published by mainstream houses and translated, to date, into nineteen languages, Robert Masello addresses all the issues that confront, and all the problems that beset, writers of all stripes.

Whether you’re working on a novel or a script, a memoir or a blog, an epic poem or a newspaper piece, you’re going to have to find the best way to express yourself clearly, persuasively, and entertainingly. You’ll have to find your own personal voice (much harder than it sounds) and use that unique voice to convey your story, your thoughts, and your opinions, to the many readers out there that you’re eager to reach; with complete candor and welcome irreverence,
Robert’s Rules of Writing offers the inside knowledge that will help you do just that. As provocative as they are amusing, these rules are purposely designed to challenge the old axioms and get you thinking afresh about your work.

In well over a hundred short but pithy takes, Masello guides you over hurdles, around obstacles, and through the seemingly insurmountable barriers to completion and ultimately publication—hooray!—of your writing. It’s a lively, thought-provoking, and often downright funny addition to any veteran, or fledgling, writer’s shelf.


Robert's Rules of Writing was a mixed bag for me. I enjoyed the author's tongue-in-cheek prose and witticisms; however, when it came to the tips themselves, I disagreed with some, and those I did think were useful I had already come across in the past and/or discovered for myself through trial and error over several years of writing. A newbie author might indeed find something useful among these pages, but anyone who has been writing and publishing for a while will likely, like me, have heard it all before. Still, if you collect books on writing, this is not a bad one to add to your collection due to its humorous approach and easy-going prose. For me, it's a three-star read, as it entertained me even if I didn't particularly draw any new knowledge or insights from it.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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