My thoughts: First sentence: "It's one of my theories that when people give you advice, they're really just talking to themselves in the past."
I read this one in about an hour. It was a quick, entertaining read with a lot of great tips. I think it's hard to come up with totally original things to write about and this book takes the pressure off of making ourselves believe it's 100% necessary. It isn't about plagiarism, which is illegal and morally wrong. It's about liking something and expanding on it, putting our own twist things and going for it. It's about taking inspiration where you find it. What if you absolutely adored The Wizard of Oz and wanted to write a modern version of the story? Perhaps a steampunk or post-apocalyptic version? Just because the story has already been written, doesn't mean that there's not room for a different take on things! Yes, it might not be such a great idea to make your main character's name be Dotty, give her a dog named Totem, and travelling companions similar to the Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow. Instead, let the story spark your own imaginative, creative juices!