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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. An interesting change of pace. (I mostly read fiction too.) Thanks for sharing your insights, Olga. Wishing you a fabulous Friday. Huge hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. I seem to have acquired quite a few non-fiction books of recent and I look forward to sharing them. I’ll be away for a bit (from the blog and in general). See you soon.

  2. Anything that inspires writers can surely only be good.
    Thanks for an interesting non-fiction review, Olga.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. As I was telling Teagan, there are a few more to come. Have a good weekend.

  3. Holy Moly. Interesting but it has bite. A slower read, then? Thank you, Olga. This sounds it might take some time but well worth the effort. <3 <3 <3

    1. Thanks, Tess. Yes. I think ideally this is a book to be read by chapters, as it is a collection of his essays and articles on the subject. It gives one pause, but it is definitely not a writing-by-numbers kind of book. I sure would love to have been to one of his writing classes.

  4. Thank you for recommending this useful book. I for one am always open to ideas on improvement with writing skills and ways to so.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. He is man who believes in honing your skills and working at everything from different angles. Not perhaps what most people would go for these days. Very much an ethic of hard work and continuous improvement.

  5. And there I was thinking all I had to do was sleep with Roget’s Thesaurus! The books looks very useful.

    1. No, it seems you have to read it from cover to cover, Sarah. To be honest, when I read some of the exercises he put the authors in his boot camp through, I was amazed. Of course, he hasn’t taught for a while, but it must have been an experience. In part, it boils down to the question of are writers born or made. And yes, he didn’t do any writing courses himself, although he is self-taught and very disciplined.

  6. Thanks for the introduction to this book and author.

    1. Thanks, Bernadette. A pleasure.

  7. Sounds like a great book to have when Writer’s Block is looming large! Thanks for highlighting it, Olga! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Lorna. A good book to savour slowly and then agree or disagree with it… 😉

  8. This book reads interesting and helpful. Thank you Olga! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Vashti. I know you take advice at heart so I’m sure you’d find it interesting (although, if we were to have to follow his bootcamp instructions, we wouldn’t have time for anything else!) Have a great week!

      1. I see. I would love to be able to take time off for it though. It reads like it’ll be worth it. Have a great weekend! <3 xx

        1. Thanks, Vashti. You’re right. You too. I’m away at the moment but coming back on Monday and should be sharing some new posts soon.

          1. I have some lined up for next week. I must start sharing review soon. They’re accumulating almost as much as the books!

  9. Thank you for introducing the book, Olga. It is a great source of knowledge and advice for aspiring writers.

    1. Thanks very much, Inese. I hope you’re well. ♥

      1. Thank you! <3

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