by Marge Piercy and Ira Wood
August 1st 2005 by Leapfrog Press
Paperback, 288 pages
097289845X (isbn13: 9780972898454)
rating: 4 of 5 stars
"I believe the barriers to productivity are both inner and outer."
Marge Piercy is a novelist/poet and Ira Wood is a publisher. This collaboration is like a workshop-in-a-book rather than a collection of, for example, writing prompts. I can imagine So You Want to Write: How to Master the Craft of Writing Fiction as a text in a college writing class. It's too detailed for a novice to simply pick up and begin writing, but it would be a good resource to study in a group setting, with a month or so of coached reading and writing.
I also like that it's more or less current. The first edition was printed in 2001; the second edition in 2005. With information about rejection letters, FAQs about agents and publishers, and what to expect when you get famous, as well as lessons in creating seductive beginnings, writing a memoir without sounding like a victim, and finding narrative strategies, this is a dense volume you might want to add to your library.