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“You don’t have to write.” Or do you? That’s a personal decision. But if you do choose to write, then you need to know what you’re doing and how to make your writing the best it can be. So, you have this passion to write, but you don’t seem to be getting anywhere. What should you do? There are lots of books out there to help, as well as lots of classes, workshops, and seminars. In other words, there’s lots of advice and some of it’s rather contradictory. Does all this information cause your writing circuits to overload? Feeling a bit stressed and lost?
DeAnna Knippling has a book that may help you sort through the quagmire of the writing world. Writing Craft: Are You Ready to Publish? & Other Burning Questions (Writing Craft Volume 1), is the first in a series of writing self-help books to get you started and to re-charge your writing career. With helpful advice like how to set up reading goals to enrich your writer’s voice, how to study what you read to learn how to write better; and even some tips on how to make your writing into your career. All the tips are presented in a logical step by step process with each section concluding with a concise summary of the key points. There is even a chapter on various writing markets: the non-paying markets, the token markets and the professional markets. Each type of market is described and argued as to its pros and cons. In the appendices, there are samples of how the author reads to study and appreciate a specific writing style, and some additional study projects to work (and hopefully improve) on one’s writing skills. The author also provides other resources to study. This is an excellent resource for both the beginner and the established writer.