Before anyone shoots me down, this was an opinion expressed by A.N. Other author.
But it got me thinking. So I took it upon myself to procrastinate, er, research.
After a lot of Googling, browsing and general time-wasting, I’m beginning to find this to be true. One after the other, all these how-to writers were saying the same thing:
Writing is the only way you can learn to, well, write.
Now any writer who’s serious about their craft has read at least ONE book. I myself have read two (yeah, that's how serious I am, LOL). But I know a few unpublished writers who have read several and are thinking of buying or borrowing even more. Now I’m thinking in the beginning things like pacing, pov, GMC and HEA may seem like Greek to the uninitiated, but once you learn these things, when do you draw the line, say enough and use the knowledge you’ve acquired? How many “Most Common Mistakes” books can you read before you learn your “mistake”?
So, what book on writing has changed your (writing) life? How many have you read and many do you intend to read? I’d love to know.
Happy reading and writing.