I was drawn to writing as long as I can remember. I enjoyed reading too and wish I could finish books like I did when I was younger. No longer does Sweet Valley Twins and Babysitter’s Club hold my attention nor would I find them all that interesting today. The books I’m reading now are thicker with a lot more complexity. I used to read about five to ten books at one time, when I wasn’t jam packing a to-do list with 15 items on it each week. Now, I’m lucky to get a book read in six months but reading something is better than nothing.
I looked at my mini book collection, as most of my books are still in the Midwest, collecting dust in my bedroom. The books I recommended will help you become a better writer. Yes, most of this information is common knowledge, but the hardest part is translating it onto the page as you’re writing. People know the hardest part of the writing process is the dialogue. It is the hardest to excel at in any form of writing. A movie can be forgivable with mediocre writing, but great writing is what makes audience members be able to sit through a movie without looking at their watches or shift needlessly in their seats.
There is something inherent about great writing, but there are critics everywhere. What one views as great writing, another will view as only okay. Some might prefer wordy writers, while others enjoy writers who use less description and more action. Most readers like writers to get to the heart of the story as quick as they can without sacrificing the story. I feel belaboring the points is as deadly as going too fast into a scene and moving out of it even faster.
Writers learn by using all their five senses. They also learn whether through reading about writing or writing itself. The bottom line is that any person who wants to be a better writer should be reading all of these books, and then read them again as I need to do. I have included another book in the Write Great Fiction series that I still need to read, Revision & Self-Editing. If anything, these books might incite writers to be motivated and invigorated again. It’s good to feel hurt fingers once in a while or in my case carpal tunnel, but whatever physical ailment you might have, it isn’t as painful as suppressing your desire to write or stunt your skill level.