Guest Blogger: Jillian Kent
Are you familiar with it?
I’m not talking scrap-booking here. I’m talking about the craft of writing, and I’m going to come right out and say it: I can’t stop buying books on the craft of writing.
I want to learn how to be the best writer I can possibly be, so I turn to the experts for help. And what the heck — I’m an addict. A craft junkie. I’ve tried to quit buying these books on writing because really, how many how-to books does one writer need?
Webster’s on-line dictionary says this:
CRAFT: Art; skill; dexterity in a particular manual occupation; hence, the occupation or employment itself; manual art; trade.
JUNKIE: Someone who is so ardently devoted to something that it resembles an addiction.
Wondering if you’ve succumbed to this affliction? Let’s find out.
You may be a craft junkie if:
1. You own each of James Scott Bell’s craft books, (Plot and Structure, Revision and Self-Editing, The Art of War for Writers, etc.) Then you begin to doubt yourself and so you go out and buy Try Fear.
2. You want another craft book but decide to download it to your Kindle, Nook, or iPad. You do this in order to hide your addiction from your family. My latest secret binge was The Plot Whisperer, Secrets of Story Structure any Writer can Master by Martha Alderson.
3. You discover that you own three copies of The Writer’s Journey. How did that happen?
4. You MUST buy the entire MP3 of your favorite conference — every year! My weakness is the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference (ACFW).
5. You can’t resist Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Pro Software even if you haven’t figured out how to use it. You own Scrivener, too. And when you get frustrated with both of them, you get out your copy of Writing Fiction for Dummies (Randy again).
6. You can’t get Donald Maas’s voice out of your head: “Make it worse!”
8. You take on-line classes and always buy the presenter’s how-to book. Let’s see, my latest is Believable Characters: Creating with Enneagrams by Laurie Schnebly.
10. You wake up in the morning saying, It’s okay to write a shi**y first draft, and you reach for your worn-out copy of Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird.
Any more junkies out there? Is there one book you’ve read over and over again? Or a workshop on CD you listen to a lot? Is there a book on the craft you just can’t bring yourself to loan out?
It’s okay. Really. You’re in good company. Now, repeat after me: Hi, my name’s ___________________ and I’m a craft junkie.
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Visit Jillian online at her blog: www.jilliankent.com
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