If language is, as Tom puts it, "a bright bird, uncatchable, but worth every attempt," this book is the lovingly prepared gilded cage, the single perfect feather caught in the net. If you have wondered what voice is, how to master it, how to free the storyteller within, this is your book. You will come away from it feeling a bright bird yourself, ready for flight.
--Therese Walsh, Author of The Moon Sisters
and The Last Will of Moira Leahy
Smacking of Stephen King's ON WRITING, Tom Bentley takes a long successful career of freelance, journalism, and novels, and condenses it into a combination how-to and how-I-did-it, with an added dose of warm and humorous wisdom.
-- C. Hope Clark, author of the Edisto Island mystery series and the Carolina Slade mystery series
Think Like a Writer (and Go from Perception to Page)
Think Like a Writer will corral your writing ideas--and saddle up the stories you've always wanted to write. Do you love language, and how words work to thrill, convince, dazzle, excite?
Every writer, whether a beginner or a veteran, has a combination of perspective, experience and ability that produces a point of view that's theirs alone. Think Like a Writer supplies tools, strategies and prompts that will bring your unique perspective to life on the page.
Whether you tell your stories to your children, your business partners, your customers or the world, this book can help you tell them with eloquence, power and persuasion. And in the voice that's uniquely your own. With humor and clarity, Think Like a Writer will jump-start your writing work and writing play. Writing should be an exploration, a drawing from your well, not some clotted drudgery! (And sometimes you can even make a living doing that exploring.)
Here's what's in the book:
Chapter 1: Don't Muzzle (or Muffle) Your Writing Voice
What is a writer's voice? How do you cultivate your own? How your writing influences stake out your unique writing path. How your life perspectives feed life writing.
Chapter 2: A Writer's Eyes Are Always Open
What do writers see that others don't? How can they open their eyes even wider? How to bring your vision to the page. Stories are everywhere! Where to turn when your writing voice is strangled. Developing a writing attitude.
Chapter 3: Slipping Through Various Writing Fences
Writing genres. The mingled voices of business copywriting, fiction writing, travel writing, essay writing. Writing niches (and not having a niche).
Chapter 4: Writing Structures: Words, Sentences, Punctuation Marks--Oh My!
The individual weight and feel of words: their textures, sounds, rhythms. Word choices, sentence sounds, how paragraphs work. The pleasures of punctuation. Grammar without grimacing. Writing short, writing humorously, writing with a sense of place. Writing through time. Editing.
Chapter 5: Writing Distractions and Their Discontents
The stereotype of the suffering writer. Writing like there's no tomorrow. Writing in the Internet age. Tools to soothe the savage writer. How to deal with writing distractions.
Chapter 6: Practical Matters/Resourcesl
Working with editors. Writing queries. Writing contests and writing collaborations. Writing tools, both software and hardware. Reference links for both copywriters and fiction writers.
Read this book, and say, "Yes!" to your creativity.
Get a copy of Think Like a Writer and put your personality on the page.