Dr Rayne’s Guide To Writerly Disorders: A Tongue-in-Cheek Diagnosis For What Ails Authors is a speedy read at just 35 pages. With around 80 quick witted and fun disorders which may affect any writer at any time, this book would make a good present for an author you might know. Some of my favourites were:
Distypea – the tendency to hit the wrong key,
Mad Blogger disease – mentally composing blog post material and tweets continually.
Mad Reviewer Disease – which I most definitely have.
Reichenback Falls Syndrome – when a character is killed but refuses to stay dead.
And Technobabble syndrome – a compulsion to insert scientific jargon which slows the book and makes little sense to the reader.
Recommended to bring a chuckle to any writers or avid readers.
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Do you suffer from Synopsisitis, New Novel Itch, Mad Muse Attack, Reality Blindness or Reichenball Falls Syndrome?
If people think your behaviour is weird, this book will convince them that you’re perfectly normal for a writer. You are simply afflicted with a Creatively Transmitted Disease.
Compare your symptoms, discover the cure (if there is one) and diagnose your writer friends.
Compiled by veteran author Rayne Hall, this book is a short, fun-to-read guide and suitable as a gift for yourself or the writer in your life.
About the author
Rayne Hall writes fantasy and horror fiction, some of it quirky, most of it dark. She is the author of over sixty books in different genres and under different pen names, published by twelve publishers in six countries, translated into several languages. Her short stories have been published in magazines, e-zines and anthologies.
After living in Germany, China, Mongolia and Nepal, she has settled in a small Victorian seaside town in southern England. Rayne holds a college degree in publishing management and a masters degree in creative writing. Over three decades, she has worked in the publishing industry as a trainee, investigative journalist, feature writer, magazine editor, production editor, page designer, concept editor for non-fiction book series, anthology editor, editorial consultant and more. Outside publishing, she worked as a museum guide, apple
picker, tarot reader, adult education teacher, trade fair hostess, translator and belly dancer.
Currently, Rayne Hall writes fantasy and horror fiction and tries to regain the rights to her out-of-print books so she can republish them as e-books.
Her books on the writing craft (Writing Fight Scenes, Writing Scary Scenes, The Word-Loss Diet, Writing Dark Stories, Writing About Villains, Writing Short Stories to Promote Your Novel, Writing About Magic, Twitter for Writers) are bestsellers.