When we start writing, many of us as children or high school age kids, we visualize a fantasy world of being a famous writer. It is a beautiful dream. But not very realistic. I commend you if you become the next Stephen King or Anne McCaffrey. There are ways to help, however, things you can learn to bring that dream along further. and that is learning through resources available to writers. Those come in many forms and are written by many different people. Let’s take a look at that.
Stephen King wrote a book for writers filled with advice. Titled, “On Writing”, it had quite a lot of information I found useful. And some things I did not agree with because, as they say, “to each his own”. But it’s certainly a book worth reading for all the great advice it does contain.
Anne Lamont is another author who wrote a help book called, “Bird by Bird” that has writing opinions and life lessons. As always, not everything will work for you. You must decide for yourself who you are as a writer. Below are several more:
- The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.
- On Writing Well by William Zinsser.
- Aspects of the Novel by E.M. Forster.
- The Elements of Style by Strunk and White.
But there are also lesser known books available that are invaluable to your writing career. Some of those are written by Grant B. Hudson, an author, artist and publisher our of the U.K. Here are just a few of his help books on the subject:
- How Stories Really Work
- Seven Layers of Attention
- A Marketing Handbook for Writers, Part 1
- Crack Your Marketing: A Guide to Actually Selling Your Book
- Your Biggest Challenge as a Writer
- 7 Secrets of Successful Stories
- How to Write Stories and Get Them Published
Some of these you can obtain free by subscribing to The Inner Circle Writers’ Group Magazine, where you can also offer stories for publication.
There is also a book I found invaluable when I began to submit short stories by my dear friend and mentor, Steve Carr. It is titled:
Getting Your Short Stories Published: A Guidebook
Not all learning will come from reading help books. But there are numerous Facebook groups specifically for writers. The first one I joined, “Fiction Writing”, is a huge group, so not terribly intimate if that’s what you are seeking, but the owner of the group, Brian Paone, posts Tuesday Timely Tips every week and also makes posts about writing errors he finds as he edits books. It was great for when I first started and I still find many tips helpful from that group.
There is another group mentioned above. “The Inner Circle Writers’ Group” is run by Grant P. Hudson and you will not be disappointed. This is a much smaller group and many of us are friends. Grant is incredibly helpful and is a professor teaching what he knows best.
There are groups focused on fantasy writers, Sci-Fi, Horror, Romance – any genre you can name, you can find a group for on Facebook. Check them out. If you don’t like them, leave them and look until you find several you truly enjoy.
Tata for now!