Elements of Style was a book recommend by writer’s group as many writers in our group are getting close to finish their manuscript, and would need to start editing them. You can insert the sounds of groans here. It is a difficult thing to do, which is why this book was brought up. I checked it out from the local library out f curiosity and was surprised for many reasons.
In the spirit of NaNoWriMo, I knew there had to be other opportunities to practice writing outside of writing a novel. For example, I pursue my writing aspirations on my blog site here. I have entered writing competitions for literary magazines as well. I haven’t made a single cent, but it keeps me happy. So there had to be more opportunities out there. Then I came across Writing for Quick Cash by Loriann Hoff Oberlin.
I have found another treasure for those completing their NaNoWriMo: Writing Your Story! challenge or want help improving their writing . It is called The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing by Writer’s Digest. It is a bulky book that can intimidate, but if you get past the size. It is an uncut gem to improving your writing skill.
One of my goals for the year has been to improve my writing. It may seem like a lofty goal, but there are thousands of books about writing in general. One of my favorite books that I have used in helping improve my writing is the Everything Guide to Writing Your First Novel.
I think the best advice is how to format your writing presented within the book. It explains different plot structures that authors can use to write their ideas into a full story. It also offers ideas on character creation, which is an important element to story telling. Each aspect of writing is written with details and simple language for anyone to understand. The guide is easy to use and laid out in a logical manner for the beginners.
Last year, I introduce the challenge of NaNoWriMo. It is the challenge to write a novel within a month. It is a challenge that many people may have on their bucket list. It is on mine. I haven’t accomplished it yet, but after finals, I am thinking of taking the challenge. But until I can undertake the challenge. I looked into tips for writing. That is where I came across No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Bay.
I have thought about taking up a fiction writing project inspired by one of the members completing these amazing flash fiction pieces for competition. I typically focus on improving my writing for this blog, but thought a new challenge might be fun. With that in mind, I needed to research the fiction writing process, but since my time has been limited due to crazy schedules the advice needed to be concise and short. Hence, I recently checked out Elements of Fiction by Walter Mosley from my local library
It seems like every author and their editor has comments and tips about the writing process. If only someone could organize all the information by splitting the information by writing style and writing techniques. Oh wait… SOMEONE DID!
Writing comes in many forms and many shapes. They can be long or they could be less than a full page. Sometimes we need help figuring out what project to venture into next when it comes to our writing. That is why I like The Everything Creative Writing Book by Carol Whiteley.
I will readily admit that it took me a long time to fall in love with the written art. By written arts, I mean the literary masterpieces that my English Professors raved about. It wasn’t until I became invested in poetry that my love affair with writing began. Though, I will admit to my lack of knowledge on the finer points of poetry. So in a mission to improve my writing, I decided to invest in my education on the subject of poetry.
What does it take to write? That is question that many prospective writers think about before diving into writing as a career. The many questions for those looking into the career of a writer can be overwhelming. So how are they suppose to answer these questions? I have the answer in a book I recently discovered.