Wednesday, April 2, 2014

B is for BROWNE & KING

 
 
So … you want to be a writer? Where do you start? How do you get there? No worries. This month I’ll be sharing my A to Z list of writer’s resources: books, blogs, and beyond! Check back each day to find helpful resources for improving your writing and navigating your way through the publishing industry.


The letter B is for BROWNE & KING

If you're a writer, you'll need editorial skills, too, because whether you choose the traditional path of publishing or you choose to self-publish, you will need to polish your manuscript and make it shine! Editing your own work is essential, and Renni Browne and Dave King have put together a must-have book to guide you through the process:


Do you have a favorite book on the craft of writing?

29 comments:

  1. It's funny, because if you had asked that question twenty years ago, I would have said absolutely. Today, I just browse the Internet if I need an answer to a question. Things have changed so much.

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  2. This looks like a great resource for any writer. I want to check this out for sure.

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  3. I've never heard of this book but it sounds like a phenomenal resource. I read a lot of "how to's" about writing. I don't know that I have a single favorite! I just looked up and saw "Stein on Writing" staring back at me from my shelf, as if to say READ ME READ ME! I also love On Writing Well, another classic from William Zinsser.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, The Bold Writer from A to Z. It is so powerful for all of us to band together as writers & creative people.


    Julie Jordan Scott
    A to Z Challenge Participant/2011,12,13,14.....
    The Bold Writer from A to Z

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  4. I like brownies. And I'm a King. Double win! :)

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  5. I don't have a favorite book on writing. I'm new to this craft and his tip you've provided is appreciated. I currently have family members help me edit my blog posts and they are not always available. It's time I start reading about self-editing and this book looks like a great place to start. Thanks for stopping my blog as well!

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  6. Visiting on the 2nd day of the #challenge. Thanks for the excellent recommendation on the self-editing book. There are so many resources, it's hard to know what to pick. Fun to find another writer….your blog presents well. Good for you, it takes a lot of time and energy. I'll be back.

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  7. I read that book recently and thought it was pretty helpful although a lot of what's in it I'd heard before. I haven't read a lot of craft books, but Save the Cat is definitely a fave.

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    1. SAVE THE CAT is one of my favorites!!! I refer to it often.

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  8. I have a few grammar manuals I refer to when the need arises. I don't always process what they tell me properly. I confess to relying on my editor for effect/affect and the variations of lay. Any misplaced commas are my fault.

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  9. I have that book. It's very helpful. The Elements of Style is also handy.

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  10. I like that book, but Revising and Editing by John Scott Bell is a must read book on editing.

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    1. Hmm. I'll have to check that one out! I'm always on the look out for good books on the craft of writing. I like to read them in between manuscripts to refresh my brain.

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  11. I have a long list of books I want to read, I'm slowly getting there. I coudn't pick a favorite but I could list a group of favorites. Thanks for visiting my A to Z "Things My Husband Has Broken" AMomsPointOfView.com

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  12. Books on editing are fine, but there is no such a thing as self-editing. We get too involved in our writing as to see the mistakes. Even though we can self-edit to a certain extent, we MUST always hire a professional editor.

    Visiting from the A to Z Challenge.

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    1. I agree that it's absolutely necessary to have other eyes critique your writing, but I believe that you also need to master the skill of editing your own work before passing it off to another person for their input. I homeschooled my children for many years, and I always insisted that they self-edit before ever giving me their work to look over ... even if that meant they only read it out loud to themselves, the effort allowed them to find and fix errors before giving it to me.

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  13. I do have this books. It's really good.

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  14. That book looks familiar. I must have seen it or maybe even read it. Not sure. One book I know I've read and loved is How to Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View... I think that's the title. Not sure and don't have it on hand to double check. ^^;;

    ~Patricia Lynne~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, YA Author

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    1. Oh, thanks. I've not heard of that book. I will check it out. :)

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  15. I don't, but I have a favorite grammar book from college - Elements of Style. I bought a copy for my niece. She didn't really appreciate it. Not even a little.

    I love the look of your blog and the colors.

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    1. I love THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE. I offered it to my kids when they were in high school, and they weren't interested. So I can relate to your story of giving it to your niece! :)

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  16. I have elements of style too. I should probably get this book too. Thanks for the tip.

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  17. Sounds like a good book. I like Elements of Style, Save the Cat, and Eats, Shoots and Leaves. :)

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    1. oooh, I've not heard of Eats, Shoots, and Leaves ... off to google it! :)

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  18. I have this one on my shelf! It's a good one.

    Yvonne

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  19. Looks like a book I'll need to check out :-) Stephen King's 'On Writing' (the part that's actually about writing) is one of my favourites. As is 'The Guide' by Rebecca Tsaros Dickson. Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday :-)

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    1. I'm a fan of ON WRITING, too, but I've not heard of THE GUIDE. So, thanks for the recommendation. :)

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  20. I have this one. It has helped me edit dozens of short stories.

    Damyanti Co-host, A to Z Challenge 2014, Latest Post

    Twitter: @damyantig
    #atozchallenge

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