I'm being inspired by all the memoirs and text books I've been reading on the craft of writing and finding your voice. I probably would never have bothered if they hadn't been on the recommended reading list for Uni.
Here are the ones I've read, liked and would recommend:
1. On Writing: a memoir on the craft by Stephen King
I have to say that reading about the experiences and advice of some of the above didn't always sit well with me but if you do read books like this then you have to take what suits you as a writer and not believe or accept every piece of advice to the letter. You'll go crazy if you do!
Following the advice I'm writing every day and not stopping to edit as I always have done and it's very liberating. I will also not let anyone read anything until after I've completed my second draft. Whilst this happens I'll let the book sit and brew and hopefully go in for a final edit after all the comments are in. We'll see. I don't want to be too strict with myself and feel like a failure if I don't stick to the plan.
I've just picked up this one:
It's by Theo Pauline Nestor and is making for a good read so far. I'll let you know if it rates with the others when I get there.
But, Dear Writers, to sum all the advice up:
- Write with the office door shut, edit with it open
- Write like a child, edit like an adult
- Write drunk, edit sober
- Listen to me, don't listen to me