Write Better Right Now – Book Review

Mary Kate Mackey - Write Better RIght NowWrite better? We could all use a little help here and this book might be just what you need.

(Here is another book in our series: Best Books for Writers and Authors.)

Some books you read are like a raging bushfire. They start small, quickly get of control and then are all-consuming – you just can’t put them down.

This book, Write Better Right Now, by award-winning writer, speaker and teacher Mary-Kate Mackey was not that. Instead, it was a slow burn – a book that I just slowly and steadily plugged away at.

The Book: Mary-Kate Mackey, Write Better Right Now, Career Press, Wayne NJ, 2017

It’s not – in my view – beautifully and lyrically written. It didn’t inspire me to devour it. Instead, it’s steady, reliable and ginormously useful. This is a super-practical book filled with a proud collection of strategies for making your words strut and dance their way off your page.

Writing Favourites

It includes such favourites as:

How to Edit Your Book

It also includes four notable chapters on editing. Ironically, and often this happens, I wasn’t that interested in reading about editing. In fact, my reading stalled when I reached this section. I waited a week and even took the book back to the library only to be re-selected over two months later ready to consume the ‘edit’.

This time I was ready. They say the teacher shows up when the student is ready. Mmm… In particular, I had a book-writing client who was approaching the editing stage and I needed some arrows to add to my quiver. And I glad I did!

The editing section includes:

Buy this if…

Buy this and read it if you want specific practical tips to boost your writing. It might be best suited to beginners and intermediate writers and authors.


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