Writing for the Soul: Instruction and Advice from an Extraordinary Writing Life Kindle Edition
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Continuing he talks about the Writer's Digest annual contest to recognize self-published books. He says "the ultimate prize of the competition is being picked up a major house and GAINING REAL CREDIBILITY by having the book released . . . (again, my emphasis).
To explain one reason I found those two statements to be extremely hurtful and condescending, in the next section which was a Q&A with Jerry, the first question was What do you think of critique groups? Basically. he said he wasn't a fan of them because "Someone (published or not) with a strong personality COULD SAY SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR WRITING AND CRUSH YOU."
So, Mr. Jenkins, do you think your first two statements I quoted would not "crush" a writer? Today there are more reasons to self-publish than just to capture "family histories or small works . . ." I realize this book was published in 2012 yet my copy says "Revised and Updated!" Maybe this book should be revised and updated again to review the self-publishing world.
I do not recommend this book. In my opinion, there are far better books on how to write. My go-to reference books are by James Scott Bell, Dr. Angela Hunt, and Kristen Eckstein.
I—as well as many others—was first introduced to Jenkins' fast-paced writing in the Left Behind series. And while he talks a bit about that in this book, he doesn't dwell on it. There are some great excerpts about some of the famous sports figures he's interviewed and wrote biographies about, but my favorite parts are the insights about how Jenkins writes and his fresh look at his writing process and how he spends his time as a writer and family man.
Part autobiography, part craft manual, Writing for the Soul was just the fresh perspective I needed to renew my own love and excitement of writing.
Mr. Jenkins'--or is it Jenkins's--broad knowledge of the writing, editing, and publishing world is incredible; especially in the inspirational market. His manner of writing to the writer is straightforward, honest, and encouraging. His tips on what makes a writer great are timeless and worth reviewing over and again.
This book is one of the most inspirational books I have read on the subject of writing. It's filled with, you can do it, and, but remember, making it a book worth rereading every year. Mr. Jenkins is honest and upfront about what writers should expect from their writing, editing, and publishing experience. He is an apparent stickler for doing it right and polishing your work fully before submitting a manuscript, and provides lessons and tools on doing it the right way every time.
My apologies to Mr. Jenkins for the redundancy in restating the obvious in this review--he talks a length about that--but I highly recommend this book to any author. It's not just a book for those who write in the inspirational market, but for all writers who have a desire to improve their skills and abilities.
What I liked the most was the section on cliche scenes. I really loved this part. I have read many scenes by new writers and couldn't figure out why some of them sounded childish to me. Now, I know. Writers tend to write what comes first into their minds, things they experience in their lives, without adding freshness to scenes.
The author also gave good tips for new writers how to present themselves and how to pitch which I found valuable.
But the tone didn't show humility which I was expecting.
And most of all, this book didn't motivate me and but let me know I'll bleed in the process.
If you're a new writer, it might be helpful to read it before you head to a writer's conference or send proposals. You will omit some of the pitfalls new writers or other writers fall into.
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