Oh dear, I missed a week. Last weekend Hurricane Lee managed to push inland as far as Chattanooga, TN., dumping nearly 9 inches of rain on my back yard. Since there was a great deal of lightning with it, I decided not to turn on my computer.
This week, I would like to mention some "how to" titles. These books are to be read for educational purposes. If you put fifty writers in a room with pencil and paper, you would end up with fifty methods on how to write a book.
Robert Ray. THE WEEKEND NOVELIST
Even though his method isn't my method, I still found his book extremely helpful and informative. His lyrical style makes the book very readable.
Dwight Swain. TECHNIQUES OF A SELLING WRITER.
When this book was first recommended to me, I thought "how can a book published in 1967 possibly be relevant in today's market." I was so wrong. Some advice withstands the test of time. His recommendation of "Begin in violence, end in hope," has been my mantra for many years.