I’ve been hard at this novel writing gig for twelve years now. I’ve lost track of how many books I’ve written, not to mention how many I’ve started.
Ready for my wild and crazy two cents on how to improve your craft?
I can sum it up in one word because one word has been doing it for me for a dozen years.
Get your hands and eyes on as many books as possible. Glean an understanding of what works and what doesn’t. Learn story. Read for pleasure. Read for instruction. Expose yourself to multiple genres and styles.
I’ve always thought it’s the coolest thing that every time I pick up a book I can call it research.
Even in these sleepless days of puppy raising, I’m finding time to read. It’s important to me and it’s an imperative practice for writers who want to improve.
A little bonus literary fun . . . the cover of the book I’m reading matches my reading glasses.
*In other news, I have my suspicions my puppy is fake-peeing when I take her out. She squats so I’ll lavish her with praise, but I think she’s mastering the art of faking me out.