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Hugely useful book for any aspiring fiction writer
on 4 September 2015
This slim, functional book is an updated and rewritten version of Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew.
While the commentary in the book is lively and interesting, the emphasis here is on exercises and on helping the writer find their own voice, so keep in mind you have to put in the work to get the most out of it. (And by you I mean me!) This isn't Stephen King's On Writing - its a primer to get your fingers tapping on the keyboard, and to encourage you to play with things like POV, tenses, rhythm, to read your own work aloud and generally enjoy writing.
All the points are illustrated with examples, drawn from real books like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Bleak House, and Jane Eyre. The book also has some wise advice on writers critique groups whether online or offline. If you're thinking of running your own group, you could use this to get you started.
I'm sure I will be referring back to this one and using the exercises to help my own writing. It won't be the only writing book you need in your how to writing library, but it is a good one.