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Excelling at the Craft of Writing: 101 Ideas to Move your Prose to the Next Level (Best of WordServe Water Cooler) (Volume 1) Paperback – July 7, 2016
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Greg Johnson is the President of WordServe Literary Group (www.wordserveliterary.com) and FaithHappenings.com. He has been a literary agent for more than two decades, representing more than 2,300 books to ninety different imprints.
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Each chapter is super short, which makes if very easy to pick up, read a nugget and put it down and pick back up when you have a minute. I really appreciated that as I seem to only have a few minutes at a time most days.
What is exciting about this book is that this is the first in a series full of wonderful advice for the aspiring writer.
I am mostly interested in writing fiction but I found value in reading the chapters on non-fiction as well, because you never know and it could even help with writing a blog or an article for a magazine.
If you are a writer and looking for something to spark your brain this is a book you will want to have ready to read.
A copy of this book was given to me. I was not required to write a favorable review and all thoughts are my own.
Divided into eight sections, the first part is Nonfiction Essentials. Even though I’m a fiction writer, I found useful information in this section. Essays on devotional writing inspired me to develop my skills in this area.
The middle sections cover essential information for fiction writers…characterization, dialogue, plotting, timing, structure, setting the scene, style, language, voice, and process. There are many ideas for making your novel shine…to keep readers turning the pages. I especially liked the excellent pointers for creating strong, reader-involved characters.
The final chapters give tips which apply to all writers…revising, editing and pitching. These essays suggest many ways to edit your manuscript, with a final part which covers query letters, pitching and proposals.
Whether you are a nonfiction author or an author of fiction, you will find great tips for improving your writing so your work moves to the next level. You’ll be encouraged with inspirational thoughts, such as “There may be people out there who need what you have to write.” (Laurie Short) From my needle-crafter and writer’s perspective, my favorite inspirational line from this book is Jan Drexler’s comparison of a quilter to an author: “But the thing quilting and writing have most in common? The finished product is a work of your heart that you share with others.” Exactly!
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my review. I’m pleased to offer my honest opinion.