Write a Western in 30 Days: With Plenty of Bullet-Points! by Nik Morton was an interesting read. I've never written a Western, and I was intrigued by how he proposed to do it in 30 days. (Spoiler on that front: he considers every 8 hour chunk a "day," and sets out a rough guide as to how much you should write per day). I loved the early chapters of the book, which detailed facts about the Old West. I started losing interest though once the book moved into the nitty gritty of writing. I think this was because these aspects of the book were written for beginner writers; in my case, I've heard the advice before. But I persevered and made it to the end (although I admit that I totally skimmed the appendices). The book also made me interested in reading Morton's The $300 Man, although I probably won't because he gives away most of the plot points here (except for the very end). All in all, Write a Western in 30 Days is a solid writing book, particularly for beginner writers and anyone interested in writing a Western quickly.
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