Skipping the Tiramisu: Becoming the Writer You Were Born to Be

Rated 4.80/5 based on 5 reviews
"Are you a writer? How do you know?"

This pithy book answers these questions and much more. Sixteen brief chapters cover how to find your writing voice, build your platform, beat writer's block and turn rejects into wins. Includes a look at social media and tips for building your blog.

Lots of encouragement laced with humor shows you how to become the writer you were born to be!
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About Kristine Lowder

A southern California native transplanted to the soggy Pacific Northwest, Kristine Lowder specializes in what one wag dubbed “excruciatingly insightful prose.” When attempting to avoid being excruciating or insightful—which is most of the time—Kristine hikes, reads voraciously, enjoys exploring the Cascades and will do almost anything to avoid scrubbing the bathtub.

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Reviews of Skipping the Tiramisu: Becoming the Writer You Were Born to Be by Kristine Lowder

Ellen Spencer reviewed on Nov. 8, 2013

Very good advice. Inspirational. Fun to read too. Thanks so much for sharing it. And, Leela's review was how I found it - thanks Leela!
(review of free book)
Leela Atherton reviewed on Nov. 7, 2013

Thank you for turning my dreary day into a sunny day!
(review of free book)
Raymond Boyd Dunn reviewed on Nov. 5, 2012

I read Kristine's "Nearly Nine Terrific Tips for Humor (spelt without the Aussie 'u') Writing, and was so impressed that I decided to download this book. The fact that it was free had nothing to do with it! Well, not much.
I was in my late seventies when I had my first and only attempt to have my first novel published. (I had visions of being the literary world's 'Grandma Moses'). It was rejected, and I gave up, but was bitten by the writing bug, and continued churning out anything and everything.
This book has shown me a different approach, and I thank her for an amusing and enjoyable lesson.
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Mikey Lee Ray reviewed on Sep. 27, 2012

Finally, a book written that makes you want to become a writer and not the other way around. Or as in my case to become more invested in writing. I couldn't agree more with Kristine's comments about blogging and social media. Yes it's good to have a group on facebook to discuss your writing but at the end of the day is anyone actually doing anything because of it? Confessions of a Gaming Attendant for example has a facebook group with 30 members, how many sales has it generated? Zero.

Social media and the internet in general are great if you have an existing audience but if no one is searching for you how will they find you? You need a presence in the real world like fish need water. Sorry about the pun.

Kristine's book was not only inspirational but it made sense with the advice it gave. About taking time off from writing and blogging to recharge the batteries, ditto my agreement. If you write non stop you're in front of a computer all the time and you need to get out to have experiences so that you can write better. Nobody wants to read something they can't relate to.

But I digress, all in all if you're a writer or even just a dedicated reader then this is something I can't recommend reading highly enough. But damn it all those references to white chocolate raspberry cheesecake sure did make me hungry. :)

On an altogether unrelated note about writing I'd recommend maybe making a video trailer for your book and posting it on youtube I know it's worked for me.
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Sharon E. Cathcart reviewed on Sep. 12, 2012

"Skipping the Tiramisu" is a cute, pithy book aimed at aspiring authors. Author Kristine Lowder covers the basics, from "just write, dammit" to dealing with rejection letters, creating a platform and more.

For me, the best chapter came close to the end; in it, Lowder outlines how her passion for books inspired her to become a writer, as she had stories inside her that wanted to come out.

I would recommend this book to those who are new to the publishing game and in need of some friendly, clever encouragement.
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