Caleb Pirtle is a thief: New Reviews for Whodunit? The Adverb Looks Guilty
April 7, 2020
Pirtle covers every aspect of writing with explanations and examples that are alive and interesting. It is the first factual book I have found that reads like a novel.
I grew up in a world of storytellers and have spent a lifetime writing stories. I’ve poured words into newspapers, magazines, made-for-television movies, documentaries, motion pictures, and books, both fiction and nonfiction. If it weren’t for words, I’d have no life at all.
Whodunit: The Adverb Looks Guilty is everything I suspect about writing, including my own observations about the trials and triumphs of the writing life. The book is, in reality, a memoir, a writing primer filled with tips, advice, thoughts, and information passed on by my Muse, and my characters, as well as ideas stolen from the masters of literature.
Come share my frustrations, disappointments, and those wonderful moments when the words are snatched out of the air where they have been waiting all along, and the right noun, for a change, is slammed hard against the right verb, and I can sleep that night knowing all is right with the world.
The most damning two words in writing are The End. It means I have to begin all over again and plow the fields of my memories for stories that my mama said would be better off untold.
Amazon Review by Stephanie Parker McKean:
Caleb Pirtle III is a thief. A word thief. He admits it. You should read “Whodunit? The Adverb Looks Guilty.” You might be in it. If you are a writer—you are in it.
Pirtle is the bestselling author of more than 60 books. He bleeds words.
Pirtle seizes words whispered in prayer, shouted into the wind, or spoken in conversations on scraps of paper that live on his desk. Then he resurrects them in his books.
If you are a writer, you are a storyteller. A great American hero. An independent author battling the fickle, unpredictable publishing business and investing time, talent, hopes, and dreams—and sometimes even sanity—into novels that you hope someone will buy. And read. And review. Even if they don’t, you don’t give up. You don’t quit. You can’t. So you may be in Caleb’s book.
Everyone has secrets. “Whodunit” drives the secret of good writing around in a Cadillac convertible at the front of the parade. The entire parade belongs to Pirtle. Brilliant, unforgettable words he’s written in decades of writing occupy the other floats. Some of them might be yours.
Amazon Review by Patricia La Vigne:
Who is the Great American Hero? Or should I say “Heroes”?
According to author Caleb Pirtle III, the writer should be hailed as the Great American Hero. Writers are the sources of the stories we read, enjoy, and get lost in. They preserve history, humor, facts, good times, and the not-so-good.
In his most recent book, Caleb Pirtle, author of numerous books, articles, news items, press releases, and screenplays, recalls how times have changed from the long, flowing descriptive sentences and paragraphs of the past (think Dickens) to modern styles of short, crisp, concrete sentences.
The marvel of Pirtle’s knowledge is not just dry information but is enhanced with examples of his own works–segments of the stories he has written that bring life to the humdrum textbook definitions. The pages of “Whodunit?” are perfect examples of what every editor asks of his writers–Show, don’t Tell.
Pirtle reminds the reader that with good writing the reader takes on the persona of and becomes the character as one travels through the story. He cites the works of Poe and Hemingway as examples of great authors who pull their readers into their stories.
For brevity which contains a complete story in itself, Pirtle quotes Hemingway’s 6-word story–“Baby shoes. For sale. Never worn.” What an impact this makes when the reader comprehends those words
“Whodunit?” could replace grammar and writing textbooks in the classroom, for the author covers every aspect of writing with explanations and examples that are alive and interesting. It is the first factual book I have found that reads like a novel.
It occupies my reference shelf along with Strunk and White, Donald Maass, James Scott Bell, William Zinsser, and the Chicago Manual of Style. It could also find a place among my favorite novels
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