Techniques of the Selling Writer

Techniques of the Selling WriterOne of my favorite books on writing is Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain.  As most writing teachers will tell you, this is the bible for writing commercial fiction. It’s a valuable resource you’ll use throughout your writing career.  Just a word of warning, though.  It’s very dense, and you might not get it all the first time through.  Don’t worry about it.  You’ll get the parts  you’re ready for as a writer. Then I promise you’ll pull it out again and again during your writing career – maybe just to read sections — and then you’ll say,  “Oh, I get it.”

After over twenty years of writing, I still use it today and am still finding new information that I didn’t ‘see’ before.

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The Passage by Justin Cronin

The Passage by Justin CroninAs all of you know, I’m a big reader. I always have about four or five books going at a time. Until one of them grabs me and hangs on. Currently, I’ve been caught by Justin Cronin’s THE PASSAGE. It’s fabulous–if you like apocalypse books. (Which happens to be my favorite sub-genre.) It’s not a super fast read, but the writing is fabulous, and the story is layered and multifaceted. Sometimes, the best seller lists get it right

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