You can tell a writer by their bookshelf.
If it’s stacked with writing manuals such as Breathing Life into your Characters, it’s a good indicator that they’re serious about learning the craft. I always have at least two books on the go, a writing manual that teaches me something new about this art and a novel to enjoy and critique at the same time.
There is an endless supply of self-help books on the craft of fiction writing alone, and authors and educators continue to produce new books that are invaluable to learning how to write for publication and even how to make that first sale or attract a good agent or editor.
Check out the Writing and Publication section in your local book store and start your collection of invaluable resources. Each provides a mini course of its own.
Happy Book Shopping, Everyone!