Today is one of those days when I wished my life was more exciting. To write my post I needed a subject. I had none until I looked around me. I’m surrounded by books.
I was reading a book. hehehe
It was about the craft.
I spend about an hour a day reading about how others did it before me. I’ve read: On Writing by Stephen King, Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwright V. Swain, Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style by Virginia Tufte and many, many, more. Every one of them had a jewel.
Anyway, this time I was reading about writing for children. I knew that children are unforgiving readers and have zero tolerance for slips in pace, plot, or characterization. Curious, I wanted to know more.
Many people think writing for kids is the simplest of the craft. But children are their own animal and have specific needs. I expected some discussion on the difficulties of keeping a child’s attention. How the plot and characters have to be lively, fast paced, and fun.
They only want perfection.
So I guess what I’m suggesting is if you find a book about writing whether it is about romance, children, or horror. There is probably something in it that will make you a better writer. It’s not just in the details; it’s in the elements as well.
Happy writing. What’s your favorite book on the craft? I need to know. 🙂