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You'Re Not Fooling Anyone When Youtak Laptop Writing

You'Re Not Fooling Anyone When Youtak Laptop Writing

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Subterranean Press © 2007 You're Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop: Scalzi on Writing Copyright © 2007 by John Scalzi. All rights reserved. First Edition ISBN 10: 1-59606-063-8 ISBN 13: 978-1-59606-063-8 Subterranean Press PO Box 190106 Burton, MI 48519 www.subterraneanpress.com
 
Introductions and Caveat Emptors
Hi there. This is a book about writing. But! It is not a book about
how
to write. God knows there are enough books on that particular subject, not to mention classes and workshops and Web sites and public television shows, and the thought of trying to cram another one of those books down the gullet of the public makes me want to jam my head into the nearest garbage disposal. I barely know how
I
write; trying to tell others how
they
should write seems fraught with peril. My only real advice to you in that regard is to find a nice, strenuous composition class so you don't get tripped up by the laughable mess that is English language grammar, and then write and write and write and write, and then write some more. That's what worked for me, so far as I can tell. So there: if you were looking for my advice on how to write, you're done! That was easy. Set this book down and go about your life. I look forward to reading your books. This is about everything
else
to do with writing, from the business of writing, to the stupid things writers do to sabotage themselves, to how writers interact with other writers, to various thoughts about the different sorts of writing out there. In short, it's about the writing
life 
 —or at the very least,
my
writing life, which is the one I am most qualified to discuss. The essays you'll read in this book are entries that I have written over a five year period (from 2001 to early 2006) on my personal Web site, the Whatever (http://scalzi.com/whatever). During this time I've written and/or published and/or signed contracts for ten books, wrote for newspapers and magazines, was paid to blog and write online, and wrote lots of anonymous but stupidly lucrative corporate work. It's been an interesting time in my writing life, and through all of it I've been posting my thoughts about writing (and
my
writing) online. Since these entries are tied in to my professional writing life to a greater or lesser extent, they tend to be practical-minded; not so much about the
art
of writing as the
practice
of it. As I say a number of places in the book, I love writing but I'm not especially romantic about it. It's groovy to talk about writing as this great
thing 
, but my mortgage is due at the first of the month, and paying that is a great thing, too. This is off-putting to some folks; I totally understand that. This probably won't be your kind of book if these practical aspects of the writing life don't hold much interest to you. On the other hand, if you
are
interested in what it's like to be a full-time working

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