When I first started writing I bought a book called How To Write A Romance And Get It Published by Kathryn Falk. That book, a thick paperback, had all the must-do steps to take before you could even think about getting published. I loved that book, I read it from cover to cover and tried to follow every step I could, but boy, there were a lot of steps, including setting up your perfect writing space.
I moved on to other books. Bought Writing Romance by Vanessa Grant, The Romance Writers Phrase Book (which I use a lot, actually). I even took a writing course through one of those correspondence schools.
But ya know, I still just write the way I want to write. Oh, sure, there are certain steps I take-the whole critique and edit process which is absolutely necessary to me. But all those other steps laid out by Ms. Falk. If I followed each and every one of them, I probably still would be working on getting that first novel done.
So, my question, how many people used these writers guides? How many still do? Any words of wisdom that you’ve picked up and follow religiously? What books do you find the most helpful?
Thanks for sharing!