I was stuck with my novella, not a bad stuck, just a point when I needed to stop, think, and realign characters and plot.
I pulled a couple of craft books from my shelf at random in the hopes of sparking an idea, or finding a new way to see my material.
“Naming the World” (ed) Bret Anthony Johnston
“Burning Down The House” Charles Baxter
“Creating Fiction” (ed) Julie Checkoway
Not an hour later, I was reading a blog post from Writer Unboxed about the issue of craft books. Although many people shared their favorite craft books and inspirational authors, a number of comments expressed quite a lot of antagonism towards craft books – e.g., craft books are only written to make money; you can’t learn writing from a book…
I was very surprised because I think of writers/artists as curious people and would have thought they would want to see what other Continue reading →