Knowledge IS Power

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Never be afraid to admit you don’t know something. Especially when it comes to writing. All the greats started somewhere and over the years, educated themselves until they became the writing legends we know and love today.

I am personally very aware of the areas where I fall down as a writer. While attending a course is currently not an option for me, there is a wealth of books available on the craft of writing just waiting for you to pick them up. Most all of them have been written by fellow authors, who themselves have struggled their way through one tricky marshland or another. Whether it is settings and descriptions, character traits, fantasy world building, plot and structure or wanting to understand the mind of your antagonist who happens to be a psychopath, there is a book for every subject.

Currently, my go to books are:
Write Great Fiction – Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell
Writing the Paranormal Novel by Steven Harper
Writer’s Guide to Character Traits by Dr. Linda Edelstein

Each of them challenges you to question and thoroughly think through what it is you want to build, describe, convey. Often with amusing anecdotes that remind you that you’re not alone in this exciting and often frustrating world of weaving stories.

As a writer you’re told to read, read, read – Especially within the genres that you favour writing in. And I agree wholeheartedly. However, do not forget to feed your mind and expand your skills for like everything else in life, there is always room for improvement. Even a prima ballerina, or a musical maestro, is constantly devouring information and honing their skills and it’s that which keeps them at the top of their games.

Start out small by identifying the area that most frustrates you or has your fingers trembling over the keyboard and then find a book to help guide you through it and better understand how to tackle it. Have fun with it. Too often we get ourselves so wound up and fret our way into a serious case of writer’s block because we’ve forgotten to have fun.

Knowledge is power!

And learning is as much fun as you make it.

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