January 31, 2012
Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande is written from the perspective, and with the skill, of a fiction author. Brande uses fluid, creative, imaginative prose that takes the reader on a journey through her thoughts about how one becomes a writer.
I picked up the book because I was interested in learning about, and learning how to overcome, the difficulties a writer has with their personality and work structure (i.e. being a writer and writing regularly). Brande reveals a unique perspective on how to develop a daily writing routine, how to tap into the state of mind of a writer partaking in their craft, the different “parts” of a writer’s perspective, as well as others.
Becoming a Writer was first published in 1934, so while it is not a current book, the strategies and perspective are still viable today. All of the ideas Brande presents in the book are possible and helpful.
I enjoyed the book and I recommend it. It is short and easy to read, as well as enjoyable to read. I would read it again, but for now it will be on my bookshelf to use as a reference guide in my career.
January 27, 2012
I just want to let you know, plus I’m purely excited, that my books are now available in Kindle format on Amazon and additional ebook formats on Smashwords. Now there are more options for viewing and purchasing my books and everyone likes more options in life!
On a side note, I (finally!) purchased an e-reader (Kindle Touch) for myself for research and occasional leisure reading. I waited to buy it until I felt like I would like it and that it would be worth the investment. Plus, the price of them went down and they now have touchscreens, so I’m kind of glad I waited. I can’t wait until it arrives. For those of you who have a Kindle, what do you think of it? Do you like it as much as a traditional paperback book?
I need to get back to writing my book as I’ve been busy with adjusting and uploading my books with different e-publishers. I figure this post is a good way to jump into writing again after several days away. Have a great day, everyone. Happy reading and writing!
January 23, 2012
I am writing this from my new office :D I initially wanted to move into a living space that had three bedrooms, but, instead, I made my guest room into an office. Granted, I still have a twin bed in here (with lots of pillows–perfect for doing book research!), but I also have a large wall space for my desk and printer table, and plenty of room to feel comfortable. I’m no longer squished into a small corner of a bedroom and I have my own space. It feels great!
I also organized my entire bookcase in my office, putting all of my writing books on the top shelf where they are easily accessible. I do feel like a true professional now! I always was, but my cramped working space was hard for me to work in.
I made a correction on my last post: Becoming a Writer was first published in 1934, not 1981 which is what I put in my original post. 1981 is the date of the latest edition, the edition I have. It was an honest mistake, but I corrected it. I’m impressed with the book so far! When I read it, I feel more motivated to write and appreciative of being a writer. It really is great to be a writer!
I’m not sure what my next reading investment will be. I’m thinking of looking into ebooks. I like the format of ebooks and they are cheaper than paperbacks.
So, I’m content, for now, in my new office. Someday, when my career progresses more, I’ll think about moving into a bigger living space. But right now, I’m happy with what I have.
January 17, 2012
Allen, Moira. Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer. 2nd ed. New York: Allworth Press, 2011. 317 pages. $24.95.
I am a freelance writer and I’m in the first year of my career. I have been published online many times and I feel I have learned a lot about freelance writing. However, I recently felt like I was “missing” something in my endeavors, so I picked up Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer by Moira Allen to learn more about the business of freelance writing and publishing.
My first glance at the table of contents told me it was a book with a lot of information. And that’s just what I needed – a book that covered all the bases.
The sequence of the book is logical, similar to a story, and it has short chapters, which makes the nine parts easy to read. Part one begins with a discussion about what it’s like to be a freelance writer, including how to make time for writing and how to set goals. Part two explains how to write a publishable article, and includes advice on narrowing a topic, making an outline, performing research, conducting interviews, as well as essential tips on how to complete any writing assignment, whether it be an article or a novel. The remaining parts detail various aspects of getting published and the business of writing.
Allen’s advice comes from many years of experience as a writer and an editor; she shares her well-rounded expertise (from having been on both sides of the desk) with the reader. Her writer’s voice resembles that of an experienced colleague who gladly shares her knowledge with the reader in an encouraging, informative, and helpful way. As the author, she is believable, because you can feel the wisdom in her words.
As far as wanting to learn all the ins and outs of freelance writing, well, I did, and I had no questions remaining after I finished the book.
Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer is going to have a place in my home library, and I’m sure I’ll use it as a guide again and again throughout my career.