I’m in the middle of reading a book I received as a free download: 70 Solutions to Common Writing Mistakes, by Bob Mayer. I highly recommend this book based on what I’ve read so far. It’s easy to read, yet makes excellent, thought-provoking points. Here are two of the things he says that stuck in my head:
Try to make something new from
proven strategies and techniques.
Put your own unique spin and stamp
on things that have worked.
Only give the reader
information when she absolutely
needs it to understand
character and story—and not before.
I’ve had this download for a while but couldn’t figure out how to open it. In case someone else is as technologically challenged as I am, it doesn’t open in Word 2007. I had to right-click my mouse on the icon in the downloaded file, and tell it to open with Adobe Reader 8. It came in two files, but didn’t take much time or effort to download. I don’t know how long they’ll be giving it away, so take advantage while you can: