We have writers of all levels of experience and ability reading Smart Blogger and in our Guest Blogging training program and Serious Bloggers Only community.They typically describe themselves in one of three stages: You’re a brand-new writer who felt an inner switch flip on, and now a river of ideas is pouring out of your head.There are three broad types of books about writing: Of course, most writing books will touch upon each type of writing advice.
Leisurely read some writer memoirs, and you’ll be startled by how similar your doubts and struggles are. You have several half-read writing books stacked up on your nightstand, several more squirreled away in a desk drawer and a dozen more on your Amazon wish list.You scrutinize all the books that “customers also bought” looking for those one-of-a-kind books that will transform you into a great writer. The nagging thought that you’re not quite good enough as a writer. Because mastering the craft of writing depends upon your continuing education as a writer.You know your writing needs work – lots of work – but you are compelled to keep writing because you feel powerless to staunch the flow. What to read: Ideally, you should be reading both books on mechanics and structure.But the books on the mechanics of language will likely bore you to death right now.Marvel at the perfectly placed and exquisitely balanced use of illusion, surprise and metaphor, and crave to imitate it.Because if you don’t learn to appreciate the music and poetry in other writers’ work, you’ll never cultivate it in your own.If you’ve been writing in a certain style or format for a while — such as blog posts — cross train in another genre.(More on this later.) Study the structure of screenwriting, novel writing or poetry for six months or until it feels nearly second nature to shift into this new form.A poorly structured and poorly written piece is a nightmare, and rarely worth the editing effort it demands.The writer doesn’t understand his topic, hasn’t thought it through with clarity and is clueless on how to engage the reader.