This is a list of categories into which my ebooks are saved and stored..
Number of books listed under
Writing 41, General Writing Advice 15, Plotting 11 which includes 6 on plot construction alone, Publishing 25, Marketing 20 and Graphics 9 ( for the time in my life when I may – perhaps – master the concept of playing with pictures instead of words.)
How many of these does one really need? My trouble is they each, and every one, contain specks of gold-dust and some with gold-flakes and, less often, a nugget of new information. When is enough enough?
Summoning some courage to dispute the notion stated by Stephen King.
The time needed for reading is many years before you start to write.
The time for writing is when you have a story to tell.
How well you can tell your story then rests on how well you can translate the telling into writing.
Most tools you need to write are elicited from early reading and stored in the pattern recognition toolbox in your brain. Other tools are acquired – spelling and formal grammar – many writers manage to escape the need for these and become the grist for the mills of Editors. (Books I have but not included in the above account.)
There comes a time when the reading about writing has to stop, giving way to writing for a reader – and who that is will become another topic on another day.
I thought I had stopped adding to my Kindle Kollection when realising so much ground had already been covered within other purchases when I found declining informational value of new purchases
giving way to temptation and buying a Kindle copy of The Elements of Eloquence by Mark Forsyth. Not only great fun to read, but now contributing to setting myself some essay construction challenges for the coming year.
PS. As an aside, I am still recovering from overdoing things at the gym/swim the other day, sitting here on my 77th birthday and slowly releasing my stroppy, bossy nature. No-one said anyone HAD to write. If writing is not fun or to some clear purpose, go outside, enjoy the day and say hello to a stranger, I did.