Tuesday, January 20, 2009
The Breakout Novel
One of the best books I have read lately is "Writing the Breakout Novel." When my writing coach, Tiffany Colter, suggested it, I hesitated to purchase another "how to book". The first night I picked it up, held it in my hands and wondered what Donald Maass could possible tell me that I haven't already read. Reading through his bio, I learned he is the President of Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York City. So maybe this man does know what he's talking about. I have read page by page, writing tips and suggestions in a notebook. He shares information with us, in this novel, that he has shared with his clients. One of the things each of us need to do as a writer is practice. I suppose that is true of any craft. The more you practice, the better you get. So, as Stephen King would say, if you don't have this "tool" in your "tool box", you're missing out.