Building Blocks For Writers
Books published this year will swell to over one million, yet there are still many would-be writers who are stuck at just an idea. Writers write, but the prospect of producing a book can be overwhelming if you try to do it all at once. Aspiring writers should concentrate on the basics and build from there, one word at a time. Here are some basic building blocks to help get you started.
Tools for Writing:
Writers must first fill their toolbox if they want to write a book worth reading. Read books about grammar and words and how to write short stories. Here are a few of my favorites in this category:
Structure and Form:
Once you have the basic building blocks in place, you will have to refine your work. Reading books on style and form will help immensely. Writers skip this step all too often and leave it up to the editors to do the refining work. Don’t make the same mistake. Once you learn how to edit and improve your own work there is no limit to how great of a writer you can be.
The Joy of Writing:
Writers need to be encouraged often because writing is really hard work. Reading writing memoirs will help you push through and finish that book. Commiserating with fellow writers, even if it is just on the page, can be very rewarding.
Don’t be overwhelmed by the writing process – break it down and build slowly. If you can buy and read just three books on writing, get