The Writer's Zen


Non-Fiction - Writing/Publishing
82 Pages
Reviewed on 09/03/2020
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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

Whatever level of writing experience you have, if you wish to become a published author then you have to build a business strategy as well as focus on the creative side. Although many authors just want to concentrate on writing, if you want to see your work published then you have to be an excellent networker and marketing expert too. By following the strategies outlined in The Writer's Zen by Jessica Reino, it will help you first decide what your writing goals are, then take you step by step through the entire process from concept to publication. You will discover how to overcome mental and emotional roadblocks to create a polished and professional novel with realistic characters and dialogue that will engage your reading audience. Jessica will also share her vast experience as a literary agent, editor, and author to guide you through your options once your novel is completed. Finally learn how to build a complete creative and business road map with strategies that are tailor-made for you.

The Writer's Zen by Jessica Reino is a must-have guide for any level of writer. There is so much helpful information at every stage of the writing process which is laid out in manageable, easy to follow steps. What sets this guide apart from others I have read is that the author understands the psychological mindset of a writer, the 'self-consciousness cocoon'. The negativity thought processes of a writer are also tackled with great techniques to boost confidence, creativity, and eliminate the fear of judgment. I loved the chapters on creating believable settings, characters, and dialogue. The guide not only teaches you how to achieve this but also includes a checklist of questions to ask yourself to ensure you have a polished product. Each chapter is filled with advice, resources, and invaluable knowledge that gives you a solid foundation from writing your first draft to publication. This book is a must-read and is the next best thing to having your own personal writing mentor to guide you through the entire process.