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Regular readers of this blog will be aware that I am currently in the process of writing my first novel. I wrote the first draft during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month) and I have been rewriting and revising since. Having, in my career, grown used to a very academic style of writing I was aware that I needed to develop a different style for fiction. I therefore decided to read some books on writing and the book I am reviewing was one of three recommended to me.
In Solutions for Writers Sol Stein has given us a book which should be read by aspiring writers and writers alike. Each short chapter is packed full of advice and tips which should help anyone revolutionise their writing. Throughout its pages I could see ways in which I could develop my writing style and make my novel a much more enjoybale experience for the reader. He uses examples of ways in which writers make mistakes and then provides examples of how these could be improved. He does this in an interesting way which meant I wanted to keep reading. This in itself is a testimony to his skill as a writer. I felt that I could tap into this skill and move from being a writer to a good writer. It has given me the feeling and the confidence that I can write books which people will want to buy and read.
This is not a book which I will read once and forget. It will be at my side as I rewrite and edit my novel. It will be highlighted and used again and again as I rewrite and edit my novel. It will become a treasured possesion.
Now if you will excuse me I have a novel to write and I need to hone my craft. Move over Agatha Christie, Wendy H. Jones is on her way.