A New Year Approaches

This is it. One week left. The count down begins as 2016 rolls to a close. I’m not one prone to bragging, but this year has been a fantastic year for me. When 2016 started I never would have dreamed that by the close of it, my book would be written, but here we are and I have ONE chapter left to write!
I have gotten a question asking who my favorite author/authors are and what my favorite book/books are but I don’t know if I can narrow it down enough to answer without being extremely long because I have so many. So I will give a quick run down of the books, both fiction and non-fiction, that rate highest on my list.

Non-Fiction: I have never been one to read much non-fiction because to me, it always made me feel like I was in school again. Once I decided to take my writing seriously though, I picked up a couple of books that would help me improve as a writer and help prepare me for self publishing. Lets start by taking a quick look at a few of the Non-Fiction books I’ve read to help me in my writing carer.

“5 Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing” by C.S. Larkin, Linda S. Clare, Christly Distler, Robin Patchen, Rachel Starr Tomas. This book is a great read for anyone looking to write fiction. It covers, as the name implies, the 12 most common mistakes writers make when writing fiction. Whats great about this book is that it not only tells you the mistakes, It gives you both before and after examples to help you understand. It also includes exercise passages in which you yourself can try to fix the flaws. If you are a new writer and are maybe working on your first few books, I highly recommend you pick this book up.

Another book I found to be really helpful is “Your first 1000 copies” by Tim Grahl. This book is great at giving you insight and tips on how to market your book. Good marketing is key in getting your book in the hands of others, especially if you only have a couple books published, or are about to publish your first, like myself. What I like about this book is it is not awful long, making it a nice quick read, but it is packed full of great tips and strategies in various things you can do to promote your book.

A book I’m still currently reading is “Stephen Kings On Writing”. I’ve only made it partway through the book so far, but it is a very enjoyable ( and humorous) read. It’s basically the story on how Stephen King developed his writing over the years, through his experiences growing up, and turned into the famous author that he is. It’s part auto-biography, part informative, and fully fun to read even if your are not an author or never plan to be.

Next week I’ll share my favorite fiction books from some of my favorite authors. Authors like, Richard Paul Evans, Morgan Rice, and Christopher Paolini to name a few. These books are what help to stir my imagination and give me fresh and exciting ideas for my own writing.

I want to wish every one a safe and happy new years as I wrap it up for today. If you are one to make new years resolution (I am not, but I may make an exception this new years) then I wish you much success in your endeavor!

Your friend in the pages of fiction

J.Dimmick

 

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