Not every great writer writes a great book. That’s a given. Even Agatha Christie had a couple of truly awful mysteries. (“Elephants Can Remember” stands out as boring, repetitive, definitely an un-Christie-like story.)
But still, it’s always a surprise to hit one of those disappointments, much more so when the disappointments are multiple. Three of the last four bestsellers I’ve read have fit into this category.
Last month, I wrote about some of the more interesting places I’ve recently visited for research purposes. Well, I’ve been at it again, this time starting with “Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself into Print” by Renni Browne and Dave King. This gem of a book was hiding in full sight among the1200 or so volumes currently eating my Kindle alive. (Note to Self: Serious Housecleaning Needed ASAP.)
Once I started the Browne/King book, I literally couldn’t put it down. The advice is so well… Continue reading