In order to grow as writers, we need to keep learning. This is why we take courses, attend writer’s conferences, and read books in our genres. With that said, I want to recommend a few books from my shelf that might be helpful in your writing endeavors.
Category: The Art of the Craft
These posts are designed to pass along lessons in writing and editing to the next generation as well as be a source of inspiration when writers have hit the wall.
Staying Healthy as a Writer
Let’s face it, as writers we have some not so great habits that simply come with the job description. Here are a couple things to keep in mind to take care of both you and your writing.
Kicking Distractions to the Curb
As writers, we are easily distracted from our work. On the one hand, the world is telling us that bills need to be paid and people need our attention. On the other hand, we have characters in our heads telling us that they have something to say…NOW. How do we find a balance?
Writing for the Market
I’ve always believed in writing what I’m passionate about and what is on my heart. I still believe in that. But when it comes to the business side of writing (ahem, making money), there’s a lot of value in looking to the market for direction.
Real-Life Setting, Made-Up World
Over the years, I’ve realized that I never write about a place I’ve never seen. This may make those who know me scratch their heads. I write a lot of fantasy, after all. How have I seen fantastical worlds? But here’s why even the most outlandish fiction can benefit from real-world settings.
Tips for Writing Non-Fiction
I love the quote by Ernest Hemingway that says, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” I think this is especially true when it comes to non-fiction. Non-fiction is inherently vulnerable because it’s honest and true.