Time to Write by Emily Winslow is an awesome author craft book written by someone who is an author and professor teaching writing. Over the years, Winslow taught many different classes and finally decided to put them all together into a book.
What I loved about this craft book is that it is less about what you must do and more about things you should keep in mind when writing. She doesn't say "Write your book this way," but instead suggests you think about things like the difference between plot and structure, consider what tense you are using and why, and figure out how to find your writing tribe. What's more, this book is perfect for beginners or for authors who've written several books already. Regardless of where you are, you'll get something from her lessons.
For me, the best lesson was on daydreaming. I've always hated to admit that I don't write every day. I feel so undisciplined. However, Winslow suggests that daydreaming is part of the writing process as you imagine characters, scenes, plot ideas, twists, and more. With this in mind, I do write every day - just not necessarily words on the page!
This is a must-read for anyone who writes or is considering it!
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