Author: Kelli A. Wilkins
Publisher URL: www.amazon.com
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Amazon Nymph
You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction has a lot of very practical advice that is easy to understand and follow. This book is also a big departure from most writing books I have read and this one is almost like sitting in a classroom.
The author did a good job breaking up the various components of writing a book or short story, making you think you are in a creative writing class as opposed to an English class. Each section of the book was followed by exercises that used the principles she was trying to convey and, if you are very ambitious and do all of them, you could conceivably have a very rough draft of a book done.
In addition to the exercises, the author touches on submitting a manuscript, how to handle rejection, includes a sample cover letter and uses some of her own writings and books as examples of what she is talking on. She also gives ideas on how to go about finding someone to read your book before sending it out to publishers and the reasons why you should.
One piece of advice the author gives is something I have heard about when writing an angry letter, and that is to wait several days, then re-read it before sending. Most of the time you wouldn’t. Ms. Wilkins suggests writers wait at least a week after writing their book before reading it again, then you can spot potential problems to correct. This is included in a very good section regarding editing.
I loved this book and the way it is so easy to understand and follow. The author did good job in organizing it. Whether you are someone just starting or someone with some publications, this is a good book for the bookshelf.