Shake up your New Year’s writing resolutions by reading The Writer’s Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction by Michael Noll. You will be tempted to read through this one in a hurry, but in order to maximize its lessons, don’t. Noll breaks down pages from the works of 40 of today’s well-respected writers and
examines them to see what works. The main takeaway of this exercise is that while each writer’s style may be unique, the strategies that make stories “work” are not.

The goal is to use what Noll has outlined and look at your own work through the lens of the common techniques. You will find that you will find it easier to identify opportunities to implement these strategies in your own writing. There are exercises included. Complete them. Learn from them. Make them work for you. Repeat.

Simple, beautifully written and thought provoking, this is one book every writer should keep near them. It inspires you to take a fresh look at your work and make it better, one page at a time.

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