by Robin Byrd
I love to read The Art of War by Sun Tzu – it keeps me on my toes and it translates to every area of my life especially the writing life I am trying to have.
Recently, I ran across a writing book titled The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell. I am having a lot of fun going through it even though it is basically for novel writers but writing is writing. It deals with reconnaissance, tactics, and strategy and it’s a very interesting read.
Reconnaissance – covers the mental game of writing,
“1. The writer who observes the battlefield before entering the fray will be better equipped to plan strategy and tactics.”
Tactics- covers craft,
“35. The use of a voice journal will keep characters from becoming little versions of the writer.”
and Strategy – covers publishing.
“71. Always be ready to talk to someone in the elevator.”
There are nice quotes, observations, a few exercises and other tidbits. 77 points in all interspersed with quotes from Sun Tzu. And, it’s easily modified to fit a playwright’s world of “stuff.”
It takes a lot to stay the course after rejection; it’s an ongoing battle to stay focused. I like this book because it’s small and easy to pick a random point and get a lot out of it. It costs about $15.00 US and is worth the money.