Goodreads Synopsis: Unmatched in its focus on a concise and popular emerging genre, The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction features 26 eminent writers, editors, and teachers offering expert analysis, focused exercises, and helpful examples of what make the brief essay form such a perfect medium for experimentation, insight, and illumination. With a comprehensive introduction to the genre and book by editor Dinty W. Moore, this guide is perfect for both the classroom and the individual writer’s desk—an essential handbook for anyone interested in the scintillating and succinct flash nonfiction form. How many words does it take to tell a compelling true story? The answer might surprise you.
I do believe that this is the last of my school reads from last year, and not a moment too soon as I am going to be starting up school again in just a week!
In my last term I took an introduction to writing non-fiction, which is a genre I’ve been meaning to delve into for awhile but haven’t quite found the time between all the poetry I’ve been writing. This ”field guide” was the only textbook for the class so I had mixed feelings about it.
On the one hand I was able to write a couple of very interesting non-fiction pieces, and was inspired by some of the exercises given. On the other hand I found the collection to be pretentious and underwhelming. It felt like this collection is something that can be helpful depending on where you are in your writing life. If you’re fairly new to this, you’d probably get a lot out of it. If you’ve been writing for years, even if its not in the non-fiction genre, it probably isn’t going to be as much help.
These days when I read a book on writing I want a book that’s really unique. With ideas and exercises I haven’t already thought of or done in other writing classes. I want something that pushes my skills to the limits and teaches me how to do more. And sadly, that was not what I found in this collection.
Still I didn’t hate it and I gave it three stars on Goodreads.