Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Books I'm Liking

I've been on a bit of a self-help kick lately, mostly to motivate myself to make better choices for getting my writing out there. With that in mind, two books have been pivotal in my quest.

First is Sean Stephenson's excellent book, Get off Your BUT Now!, which not only chronicles his fascinating life, but also shows how to implement the techniques he used to overcome potentially enormous obstacles. This guy is truly amazing-he's a powerhouse of confidence and charisma all wrapped up in a three-foot tall frame, bound to a wheelchair because of brittle bone disease. But, he doesn't let that get in the way of his writing, motivational speaking career, or dating life. In addition to that, my husband went to his book signing, met him, and said he's a really nice guy.

Second is Michael W. Dean's book entitled $30 Writing School. In short, it is an extremely easy read that offers practical advice for anyone looking to break into the writing world. Dean covers the basics-grammar, software, etc.; and then goes deeper, telling his personal experiences of how he created his own writing space, how he works, and pros and cons of dealing with agents. Woven throughout are bits of his personal story, which is fascinating in and of itself.

Both are worth a read. Enjoy!

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