Sunday, January 22, 2006

Way of the Cheetah

Here's the announcement I promised last week:

My first book of 2006 is a brand-new venture for me: Way of the Cheetah, a how-to ebook. I got the idea last year after so many e-mails and comments came in about my WotC posts here at the weblog. When Holly Lisle told me she was setting up an e-book shop, I pitched her the idea and she kindly agreed to sell the ebook at the shop for me.

I've always wanted to write a book about writing, but I wanted mine to be about what I really do. Using actual writing experience rather than talking about theory seemed the best way to help someone else, and realistic ways to boost productivity is something I think every competitive writer needs.

Way of the Cheetah the ebook is about the methods and disciplines I've developed and use to be a productive writer. Along with detailing these, it's about the way I work, the reasons as to why I work the way I do, and the exercises I've used that can help other writers learn to be more productive.

While I was writing, I also tried to make it a quick, fun read. I don't know about you, but nothing puts me to sleep faster than a stodgy how-to text.

The ebook is done, and it's on sale right now at Holly Lisle's new web site shop, Way of the Cheetah by Lynn Viehl. If you stop by, also check out Holly's terrific new ebook, Create a Character Clinic.


  1. Anonymous1:39 AM

    Hello. I was curious as to the word length of TWOTC? I couldn't find it anywhere.


  2. Anonymous1:57 AM

    I bought 'em both -- thanks for putting this ebook out there!

    For the person who asked, the Cheetah book is about 72 pages but it's packed with information. It is a to-the-point guide for writing fiction, and I just wish I'd had a book like this earlier in my career (better late than never.)


    Douglas Clegg

  3. I bought them both too! They look good.

  4. Anonymous9:53 AM

    Hi, I'm the first poster and wanted to say I picked up both this morning. Great work!

  5. Anonymous10:40 AM

    I'd love to buy it, but I've got no ereader and I've got the world's slowest dial up connection. Any idea about format and how many KB it is?

  6. Anonymous10:53 AM

    Anonymous wrote: was curious as to the word length of TWOTC? I couldn't find it anywhere.

    WotC is 72 pages long, and about 13,000 words in length.

  7. Anonymous11:37 AM

    Hurray! Downloaded. Thanks for putting this out. I love your WotC posts :D

  8. Both excellent books. I'm delighted to have a copy of each. Cost: Minimal. Applying lessons from both in my life: Priceless.

  9. I just bought way of the cheetah. I have to wait for the funds to clear through paypal before I can read it... lol, it's gonna be a long week!

    Thanks for letting us know it was out there. It sounds like a great read.

  10. Anonymous1:27 PM

    Jo wrote: I'd love to buy it, but I've got no ereader and I've got the world's slowest dial up connection. Any idea about format and how many KB it is?

    The book is in .pdf format, which comes in a zipped file that is 216 KB and takes about twenty seconds on dial-up. You can read .pdf files with an Adobe reader (free download of Adobe reader can be found here) or on your PDA if it supports .pdf files.

  11. Anonymous8:30 AM

    I bought them both too and I highly recommed them.

    The Way of Cheetah is full on useful tips, my only wish is that I would also have liked a chapter on the use of kitchen timers ;0), and a detailed (timed) sample/example of a usual day/week/month of writing.


  12. Anonymous11:29 AM

    Got it. Love it.

  13. It's on my list, along with Holly's Create a Character, after we get paid next. Best of luck to both of you. :)


  14. Oh, yeah, this is definitely on my list next payday! I can't wait to read this. I need a kick in the fanny.

  15. Anonymous9:03 AM

    I just wish there were a more developed system for payments. PayPal isn't the answer to everything. Although I know it's the easiest one to set up :)

  16. I finished Way of the Cheetah last night; it's excellent. :)

  17. Anonymous3:56 PM

    I can't find way of the cheetah on Holly's site anymore. Do you know where else I can find it?

    1. Way of the Cheetah is out of print and no longer available for purchase. Once a year, usually around NaNoWriMo, I make it available for free on my weblog for thirty days.

  18. Anonymous12:53 PM

    Thanks Lynn!


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