I wanted to share a neat little book that I picked up a while back called The Kick-Ass Writer: 1001 Ways to Write Great Fiction, Get Published, and Earn Your Audience.
I stumbled across this awesome find during a family trip to Barnes & Noble about 2 years ago and the title immediately grabbed my attention. I thumbed through a few pages and instantly knew that I needed to add it to my collection.
Chuck has compiled everything from what you should know about writing a novel, to writing in specific genres, to self-publishing and so much more into an easy-to-read-and-apply guide that benefits a range of skill levels. The way he breaks the book’s components into lists of 25 tidbits of wisdom makes it a great reference, especially since you can peruse the index to find specific information within the text to suit your need(s) at any given time. His style and layout is simple yet effective, and it makes the content very easy to read and absorb.
I’ve found his “25 Things Writers Should Know About Blogging” section incredibly helpful as I continue to build and establish my blogging platform, and he makes a lot of solid statements regarding different aspects of the blogging world. My favorite is probably his second point in the list where he discusses the necessity of writing what energizes you — something I strongly believe in!
Of course, the rest of the information is great as well, and I’m not receiving any sort of incentive to say that. 😛 I truly feel that it is a great resource for all writers who could use a good laugh, a bit of reassurance, and a nudge in the right direction.
I will say that he does use some colorful language in his approach, so please be mindful of that – I don’t want to suggest something that will make anyone uncomfortable! An open mind is definitely necessary.
I linked the title to its Amazon page, so give it a look, and consider adding it to your collection!
And if you have any writing guides or references you find helpful, please share! I’m always looking for an excuse to buy a good book! 😉