I’m going to let you in on a little secret.
Writing is hard.
No really. Writing is really hard.
I have kept a journal for 15 years. I have been blogging for 4 years.
Any new project is always, always a challenge. I personally have found narrative storytelling to be far and away the most challenging of all.
I am always looking for ways to be a better writer, so I picked up The Story Cue by Dinty W Moore.
Here is the offical copy from Amazon:
A collection of cures for writer’s block, plotting and characterization issues, and other ailments writers face when completing a novel or memoir, prescribed by the director of creative writing at Ohio University.
People want to write the book they know is inside of them, but they run into stumbling blocks that trouble everyone from beginners to seasoned writers. Drawing on his years of teaching at both the university level and at writing workshops across the country, Professor Dinty W. Moore dons his book-doctor hat to present an authoritative guide to curing the issues that truly plague writers at
all levels. His hard-hitting handbook provides inspiring solutions for diagnoses such as character anemia, flat plot, and silent voice, and is peppered with flashes of Moore’s signature wit and unique take on the writing life.
I have read many books about writing books, and this one is different from the standard self-promotion and pep talks that many others of this genre tend to have.
For about $10, it is worth the read.