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"The Lure of the Pen: A Book for Would-Be Authors" by Flora Klickmann is an essential guide for aspiring writers seeking guidance and inspiration in their pursuit of the written word. With her wealth of experience as an accomplished author and editor, Klickmann adeptly serves as a mentor, unlocking the doors to the captivating world of penmanship.

Throughout this book, Klickmann skillfully combines practical advice with heartfelt encouragement, ensuring that readers feel empowered and motivated to explore their creative potential. From developing one's unique writing style to navigating the intricacies of marketing and publishing, Klickmann covers a wide range of topics that are indispensable for any budding wordsmith.

One of the greatest strengths of this book lies in its ability to address the common doubts and fears that plague aspiring authors. Klickmann recognizes the vulnerability of individuals on their writing journey, gently dispelling self-doubt and encouraging perseverance. Her insight into the emotional roller coaster that accompanies the creative process is remarkably reassuring, giving readers the confidence to overcome obstacles and forge ahead.

Moreover, Klickmann's book places a strong emphasis on the importance of honing one's craft. Through her engaging writing style and practical exercises, she provides the tools necessary for aspiring authors to sharpen their skills—whether it be through character development, plotting, or creating a vibrant setting. She emphasizes the significance of practice and encourages writers to learn from their mistakes, transforming setbacks into valuable learning experiences.

Another noteworthy aspect of this book is Klickmann's emphasis on the importance of reading and drawing inspiration from other authors. By referencing a diverse range of literary works, she illustrates the integral role that literature plays in shaping and fueling a writer's imagination. This serves as a poignant reminder that the journey of a writer involves not only writing but also immersing oneself in the works of others, absorbing their wisdom, and building upon it.

While "The Lure of the Pen" is an incredibly comprehensive guide, it does occasionally suffer from overwhelming information. Some sections may benefit from a more concise approach, allowing readers to absorb and apply the advice more efficiently. Nonetheless, this minor criticism does not detract from the immense value and impact of Klickmann's words.

In conclusion, "The Lure of the Pen: A Book for Would-Be Authors" by Flora Klickmann is an indispensable resource for anyone striving to become a writer. With her empathetic guidance, practical expertise, and unwavering encouragement, Klickmann creates a literary sanctuary where aspiring authors can find solace, learn essential skills, and embark on their own personal writing odyssey. This book stands as a beacon of hope, reminding readers of the immeasurable power of the written word and inspiring them to give life to their own stories.

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A Book for Would Be Authors



Editor of "The Girl's Own Paper and Woman's Magazine"

Who Has Written "The Flower Patch among the Hills," "Between the Larchwoods and the Weir," and Other Works

G. P. Putnam's Sons New York and London 1920

Copyright, 1920, by G. P. Putnam's Sons




In sending out this new book to the American public, I feel I am addressing a sympathetic audience, since other volumes that have preceded it have been most cordially received, and have added considerably to my long list of friends on the Western side of the Atlantic.

At first glance it may seem as though the difference between the writings of American and British authors is too marked to allow of a book on Authorship proving useful to both countries but in reality the difference is only superficial, and is largely confined to methods of newspaper journalism, or connected with mannerisms and topical qualities.

Fundamentally, both nations work on the same lines and acknowledge the same governing laws in Literature... Continue reading book >>

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