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'Humans Who Write: How to Be One' by Gretchen Elhassani

5 Star Review

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In a world where AI has begun to encroach upon the world of human creativity, it's natural to question whether there's still a place for human-driven creativity. The process of writing for a lot of us a bucket list aspiration, but it now seems attainable with a mere prompt entered into a computer system. So the questions is, why bother to put pen to paper when tech promises to do it for us? This is a very legitimate question that Gretchen Lovett, a ghostwriter extraordinaire responsible for more than seventy-five Amazon bestsellers, discusses and talks about in her book 'Humans Who Write: How to Be One'.

In her book, Lovett dismantles the mystique surrounding the writing process and reveals that writing isn't the insurmountable challenge it's often made out to be. According to her research, writing is 90% organization and only 10% craft. With this premise as her core, she takes readers on a journey through the art of writing, and breaks it down into easily digestible chunks that even the most aspiring authors can appreciate.

One of the book's strengths is its way to be practical. Lovett guides readers from selecting a topic, through the maze of organization, and even extends a warm embrace to the dreaded mistakes that we all make when trying to articulate our thoughts. She introduces her method for not just getting words on the page but arranging them in a way that enthralls readers from all ages. Through her words, she brings a sense of confidence and clarity, making the writing process feel less like a daunting mountain and more like a series of manageable steps.

What I found to be the most intriguing part of this book is how Lovett delves into the question of when and why one should employ AI in the writing process. In a world where AI-generated content is on the rise, her research is particularly pertinent. She discusses that the synergy between human creativity and machine assistance, offering a balanced perspective that acknowledges the strengths of both. This thoughtful exploration helps aspiring authors navigate the evolving landscape of writing tools and technologies.

From her ghostwriting background, Gretchen Lovett is well-qualified to share her wisdom and expertise. Her writing style is engaging and accessible, making complex ideas easy to grasp. She doesn't just tell readers how to write; she shows them, using examples and anecdotes that make the writing journey relatable.

In conclusion, this book is timely, accessible, and inspiring guide that reaffirms the enduring value of human creativity in the age of AI. It's a book that gives readers the ability to seize the pen, take control of their writing process, and embark on their own literary adventures. Gretchen Lovett's wisdom shines through these pages, making it a must-read for anyone with a story to tell and a desire to share it with the world.

About the Author

I've always wanted to write for a living. In fifth grade, I discovered the Song of the Lioness Trilogy, and I was hooked on reading forever after. I passed up the opportunity to pursue English in college because I thought I writing was a hobby rather than a career. "Don't quit your day job," and all that. Recently (in no small part due to COVID) I did quit my day job, and began applying to writing gigs full time. I dove into ghostwriting, grant writing and copywriting, anything that involved sitting at the computer and thinking of words. While I still do some of all of that, my true passion is novel writing. I would *love* to be as successful as Nora Roberts; and I won't read James Patterson because I'm jealous. I once read a theory that the creator of any art form only brings half of the product to market; the other half is provided by the audience. So these are my half formed novels, awaiting your criticism. I haven't paid for editors, though I have read each one multiple times to polish it up. I'm just having fun. At some level, I don't feel like I really exist unless I'm writing.


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