Finally, a writing guide for the 21st Century

Last time I taught my Edit Like a Pro: Elements of Fiction seminar, one of the students questioned the absence of The Elements of Style from my recommended reading list.

“It’s a primer,” I said. “If you’re writing novels, you’re beyond Strunk and White.”

That little book is such a milestone for most of us that we often forget that the text on which it is based was written almost a hundred years ago by a college professor whose freshmen students couldn’t write. Prof. Strunk was so irked by the inability of his incoming students to write a coherent paper that he put together a little pamphlet with some basic writing advice for them. Continue reading

Inspirational must-read book for new writers

Writing in Obedience: A Primer for Christian Fiction Writers by Terry Burns and Linda Yezak

My Rating: ★★★★★

This is a truly wonderful book that will help Christian writers, especially novelists, clarify their place in the market. It helps us sort out whether our writing is a calling or an offering by describing the difference. It also examines the different types of audiences we may write for and how to tailor your writing for each audience.

The detailed breakdowns of how different stories need to be structured for these different audiences are alone worth the cover price. I have never seen that information anywhere else. Continue reading