Have you ever felt that there are nearly as many people offering writing courses and books on craft as there are authors who are actually trying to produce new works? I’m on the Writer’s Digest mailing list. Need I say more? Five or six emails per week offering this or that course. Then there’s the offerings from your writing organization and opportunities you hear about from your critique group. Factor in conferences and retreats, and you’d better lock your wallet away in the wall safe or else!
I read one or two writing books per month, on average, and I own a rather large library of such books, the best of which I reread on a regular basis. My newest acquisition is Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story by K. M. Weiland. This isn’t my first exposure to Ms. Weiland’s expertise; I’ve followed her blog for some time now, and I read her newsletter every month. In fact, I have an email folder just for her materials.
When Ms. Weiland’s new book came out, I bought it for my Kindle immediately. I’ve read craft books by James Scott Bell, Orson Scott Card, Sol Stein, Jeff Gerke, and Stephen King, some of the greats in the field. However, Weiland’s book will stand on the Kindle “shelf” alongside theirs as one of my favorites. This may be my first time through her book, but it won’t be the last.
Ms. Weiland’s cut-to-the-chase, concise style of instruction is a breath of fresh air. The material is easy to read and digest. The paperback version is 324 pages, but I promise, she doesn’t drag things out. And maybe that’s the point. I highly recommend this book, not because it has electrifying new ideas to impart, but because she covers the basics with clarity and precision.
Through Friday, she’s got a neat promotion going, if you’re interested in possibly winning a copy of Scrivener, a manuscript evaluation story consultation, or a Kindle Fire.
What are your favorite books on the writing craft?
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