I thought I’d share a book that someone recommended to me years ago. It is still on my self and will remain there until I become too feeble to write. Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain is an amazing tool to help the beginner and intermediate writer. I still look over it when I remember to take some time out and learn more on the technical aspects of writing.
This is the book where I learned about scene and sequel, action and reaction and how a more specific, concrete noun will give a more vivid picture. It covers everything from characterization and plotting to the importance of a book’s climax. The book also goes into depth on what makes a book great–from sentence composition to the book’s beginning, middle and end.
I just pulled it from my shelf today to get the name of the author. After skimming through its pages, I know I’ve got to take another look. Every single time I do, I always come away with something new I have to remember.