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With more than a hundred published novels and more than seventeen million copies of his books in print, USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith follows five simple business rules for writing fiction. And now, he shares how those rules helped shape his successful career. In this WMG Writer’s Guide, Dean takes you step-by-step through Heinlein’s Rules and shows how f With more than a hundred published novels and more than seventeen million copies of his books in print, USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith follows five simple business rules for writing fiction. And now, he shares how those rules helped shape his successful career. In this WMG Writer’s Guide, Dean takes you step-by-step through Heinlein’s Rules and shows how following those rules can change your writing—and career—for the better. Simple rules, yet deceptively hard to follow. Do you have the courage to take a hard look at your writing process and follow Heinlein’s Rules? Dean shows you how. “Dean Wesley Smith’s blog gives both a slightly different view of the publishing world than I’d seen before and detailed hands-on “here’s how to get from A to B” instruction.” — Erin M. Hartshorn, Vision: A Resource for Writers


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With more than a hundred published novels and more than seventeen million copies of his books in print, USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith follows five simple business rules for writing fiction. And now, he shares how those rules helped shape his successful career. In this WMG Writer’s Guide, Dean takes you step-by-step through Heinlein’s Rules and shows how f With more than a hundred published novels and more than seventeen million copies of his books in print, USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith follows five simple business rules for writing fiction. And now, he shares how those rules helped shape his successful career. In this WMG Writer’s Guide, Dean takes you step-by-step through Heinlein’s Rules and shows how following those rules can change your writing—and career—for the better. Simple rules, yet deceptively hard to follow. Do you have the courage to take a hard look at your writing process and follow Heinlein’s Rules? Dean shows you how. “Dean Wesley Smith’s blog gives both a slightly different view of the publishing world than I’d seen before and detailed hands-on “here’s how to get from A to B” instruction.” — Erin M. Hartshorn, Vision: A Resource for Writers

30 review for Heinlein's Rules: Five Simple Business Rules for Writing (WMG Writer's Guides Book 12)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Kotar

    Another DWS gem. This guy pulls no punches (he's even better in person). If you need a kick in the pants and want to wash out all the nonsense you hear from the flavor-of-the-month gurus, read Dean Wesley Smith. This one is very useful if you're planning on being a professional writer for a long time.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Icy Sedgwick

    This book flies in the face of almost all accepted writing advice. It will tell you to do things that other books do not - most notably, do not rewrite. I can't decide if I think Smith has just been lucky in his career, if he's just that good a writer he doesn't need to rewrite, or if we've been sold a duff line by the writing establishment for years. Maybe if we take the time to learn our craft and THEN write, we won't need to rewrite in order to be successful. I don't know, it's difficult to g This book flies in the face of almost all accepted writing advice. It will tell you to do things that other books do not - most notably, do not rewrite. I can't decide if I think Smith has just been lucky in his career, if he's just that good a writer he doesn't need to rewrite, or if we've been sold a duff line by the writing establishment for years. Maybe if we take the time to learn our craft and THEN write, we won't need to rewrite in order to be successful. I don't know, it's difficult to gauge since Smith started in 1982, well before the Kindle boom, when there was probably less competition. Still, it's a good read, and he has a pragmatic, no-nonsense style. He also advocates putting the fun back in writing, which is something I think we all need.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Philip Athans

    Well, read that "book" in one sitting. I might put a more thoughtful deconstruction of it on my blog, but he's got some things to say that are of immense value to aspiring writers, and two huge misconceptions that might do them significant harm. Proceed with caution. More detailed look here: https://fantasyhandbook.wordpress.com... Well, read that "book" in one sitting. I might put a more thoughtful deconstruction of it on my blog, but he's got some things to say that are of immense value to aspiring writers, and two huge misconceptions that might do them significant harm. Proceed with caution. More detailed look here: https://fantasyhandbook.wordpress.com...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Great book for any writer. I wish I had known of these rules years ago. I would have been in a much better place than I am today with my writing. This book helped me to realize where I was getting stuck and why. Before, I didn't even realize why I was having such a problem.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nessa

    Instead of the book, I just read the version of this available on Dean's blog for free. I dunno if it'll still be there next year/when he'll remove it, so get on it. Only reason I'm giving 2 stars is cause I've actually read extensively Dean's blog about them before reading this, so I already knew everything he was talking about. For someone that has never heard about them, or how he uses them, this would be a 4 stars without issue tbh. It's really just that this is focusing on it and more expand Instead of the book, I just read the version of this available on Dean's blog for free. I dunno if it'll still be there next year/when he'll remove it, so get on it. Only reason I'm giving 2 stars is cause I've actually read extensively Dean's blog about them before reading this, so I already knew everything he was talking about. For someone that has never heard about them, or how he uses them, this would be a 4 stars without issue tbh. It's really just that this is focusing on it and more expanded than his blog post about it. I highly suggest reading his blog for sure!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Waraji Sama

    This is a pretty good book. Another one written by Dean Wesley Smith that does a good job for procrastinating writers, especially the ones who believe in what Smith calls the writing "myths." As I read Smith's blog and his books, I've becoming more an more disenchanted with the idea of "rewriting" which has prove to be a problem for me. Fortunately I've been rather lucky having bypassed many of the writing myths altogether.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Sinclair

    Once again, some great advice here, so long as you're prepared to hack through Smith's mountainous ego in order to find it. The way he talks, anyone would think Smith was the only person to ever publish a book, and that only his method could ever possibly work. Any common writing advice that doesn't fit into his personal narrative, he dismisses as 'a myth', despite there being plenty of other (better) writers who do write that way. It was infuriating.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Massiel

    Excellent as always Always good information and then some more! Dean has great and succinct information! It’s also super inspirational too. Because Dean delivers straightforward advice

  9. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Leyshon

    Heinlein's rules have always struck me as so logical and coherent and precise that there must be some value in them. But as Wesley Smith and Heinlein point out, they're not easy to follow. For me it's time to sit down at the computer and stop bleeding.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Heather Pagano

    Simple rules that go against pretty much everything I've ever been taught about writing. Smith is aware of this, and does a pretty good job talking his readers down and explaining how to look at writing as a long-term career, not a one-shot publication dream.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Omar Rodriguez-Rodriguez

    Practical advice inspired by the great “one-draft” writers: Heinlein, Ellison, Bradbury,...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Valerie Bowman

    Worth reading but it’s about 25 pages long so 4.99 is a little steep.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Leo Jr.

    If you've read anything on his blog, you know that Dean Wesley Smith is not afraid to share his opinion. I've heard others say this book is a quick read. They're correct because the number of words used is small (it's really just a summation of blog posts). But these reviewers are also wrong. You should force yourself to read slowly and think about what the author's offering up to you. Anyone who has fashioned a successful career over several decades, in any profession, deserves our attention. Do If you've read anything on his blog, you know that Dean Wesley Smith is not afraid to share his opinion. I've heard others say this book is a quick read. They're correct because the number of words used is small (it's really just a summation of blog posts). But these reviewers are also wrong. You should force yourself to read slowly and think about what the author's offering up to you. Anyone who has fashioned a successful career over several decades, in any profession, deserves our attention. Do I agree with everything that is said in this book? No, I can't say that it all applies to me. But I do know, that Mr. Wesley made me think, reconsider my writing process and I will be better for having entered into this self-analysis. This may be a book that I look back on as having been a turning point in my writing career. For that I say thank you, thank you, that you. I cannot recommend this book enough to an aspiring writer.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Cootey

    This is a quick read with a lot of good tips. I read this work originally when Smith posted it on his blog, chapter by chapter. I found it inspirational then because I had many of the fears he addressed. His viewpoint helped me rethink how I approached writing. In fact, I would say this blog series was partially responsible for my recent paradigm shift as a writer. I don't agree with everything he says, but usually only where he blurs the line between his observations and his opinions. Otherwise This is a quick read with a lot of good tips. I read this work originally when Smith posted it on his blog, chapter by chapter. I found it inspirational then because I had many of the fears he addressed. His viewpoint helped me rethink how I approached writing. In fact, I would say this blog series was partially responsible for my recent paradigm shift as a writer. I don't agree with everything he says, but usually only where he blurs the line between his observations and his opinions. Otherwise, the book is filled with excellent advice I need to adapt and follow even more than I already have. My only complaint is that I find it hard to believe Smith used a copyeditor. There were dropped and misplaced words here and there, but I'd only take ½ a star away from my rating.

  15. 5 out of 5

    TM

    Quick and to the point. Honestly, might have been able to be even shorter, but sometimes the author says things twice. Probably writers need to hear them more than twice, but two is enough in print. Encouraging in the simplistic and common sense approach, as well as in naming and facing the (mostly) fears that bog writers down.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    If you read his other books (e.g. Writing Into The Dark or Stages Of A Fiction Writer), you won't need to read this. There's a lot of repetitive stuff in it and Heinlein's Rules can easily be found on the Internet. Still it was a quick and fun read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    R.M. Hamrick

    A no re-write business approach used by many prolific and successful authors

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ellen Bard

    Short book outlining Heinlein's five rules, and what the consequences might be for writers. Motivating and easy to read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michael Cummings

    Straightforward expansion on the same text from his blog.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jack Soren

    Great little book. Dean knows his stuff.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Edward Hoornaert

  22. 5 out of 5

    Max Parker

  23. 5 out of 5

    Adam

  24. 5 out of 5

    Geetanjali Mukherjee

  25. 5 out of 5

    Steven

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nora

  27. 4 out of 5

    Philip Garside

  28. 5 out of 5

    Fred Aiken

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rafael Ontivero

  30. 5 out of 5

    Peter

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