Check out a bookstore or library, and you’ll be sure to find a shelf on writing somewhere. This shelf often doesn’t house a few forgotten tomes on literature, but are filled to the brim with flashy looking books that promise you the ability to write better. “Advice from your favorite author! Write like a pro! First lines that matter!” We are inundated by messages promising us the ability to publish our books. But do these actually work? Can you become a better writer simply by doing some exercises and following pro-tips?
For this experiment, I mean to find out. For the next two years I will be reading a different writing book, publishing a review on it, and giving you a real side-by-side comparison of the old manuscript versus the new one. You can see for yourself whether the book helped or not, and read my thoughts on what the book did for me as a writer. We may also test out writing programs and other helpful material, to see if any of these make an improvement.
Our first book is going to be “Writing Down the Bones” by Natalie Goldberg, but I also have a great lineup of other books such as the one in our picture by Donald Maass and books by Stephen King and Janet Evanovich.
Do you have a favorite writing book you’d like to see covered? Now is the time to speak out!