If you are new to writing, or in the process of writing but don’t know what comes next, then you are in the right place. 

Writing doesn’t come easy, nor is there some magical formulae to follow, as you may well know though there are a few tricks of the trade that may prove invaluable to you in the long run.  

  1. Chicago Manual of Style: 17th Edition: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers. This book is the number one tool/resource to have on hand if you are serious about getting published. This book covers a wide array of topics, ranging from the publishing process, and style and usage. Editors will use this style when editing novels and will often try to tell you, “Your book is not formatted to Chicago style.” This book will help you ensure that you never hear those words. The manual prices at $70 and can be purchased directly from The University of Chicago Press (http://www.press.uchicago.edu), Barnes & Noble, and Amazon (to name a few retailers). ISBN-13 (978-0-226-28705-8) ISBN-10 (0-226-28705-X)
  2. Before You Write Your Novel: Essential Skills For the First-time Novelist by James McCreet: This book, which I found to be invaluable during the early days of my writing career, and the early days of the MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University. It retails for $23.67 (paperback) and $24.49 (Nook) from Barnes & Noble. This book walks writers through the early phases of writing a book; topics such as readiness, building story, construction, and narrative approaches are all set out and rather easy to follow. ISBN (978-1-138-18673-6)
  3. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King: Stephen King gives practical insight into the writing processing, as well as the best practices of honing one skills and build their writer’s toolbox.  On Writing retails for $24.30 (hardcover) and $15.30 (paperback) through Barnes & Nobel. ISBN (978-1-4391-9363-1)

These three books should be your guide as you traverse the world of writing, don’t consider anything in these books as hard rules because rules are meant to be broken. 

Though, there are some important things to remember. Set a aside a time everyday to write, and stick to that time.

Use the first word that comes to mind, as it is often the right wrod to use.

Don’t second guess yourself. You are your own biggest critic. Sure, that may sound cliche but it is the truth.

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