I am so thrilled to introduce an e-book by my friend Denise Hughes! As one of the first writers I connected with when I started blogging, I’ve grown to love both her tremendous heart and her ability to take apart the craft of writing and put it back together in doable steps that inspire, encourage, and facilitate meaningful words on a page.
She teaches writing for a living but she also lives to write. I loved her writing series and I am excited to share this resource with you guys!
I’ve read a lot of books about writing and gleaned what I could from each. Some books have left me inspired and ready to scribble out manuscripts late into the night while others have offered me little.
I love what Denise brings out in this book. She strips it down to the essentials. And as a writer, writing specifically to bloggers, the dynamics change somewhat. Yes, we are all writers whether you’ve got your own shelf of published books at Barnes and Noble or never written anywhere other than your journal, but she tackles a lot of the obstacles that bloggers often feel if they stink at grammar, aren’t “trained” as writers, or hated high school English.
Instead of regurgitating a lot of the common advice we find in writing books, she attacks it from a different approach. Writing books often make you look at the excess that is in your work but may stifle the flow of writing if you’re constantly censoring your passive voice, using strong verbs, and eliminating adverbs. Those are great tips when you’re ruthlessly editing, but it’s hard to edit a blank page. And many times, that’s what writers and bloggers face.
Denise goes before all that and gets to the heart of writing. The heart that wants to communicate. The heart of a writer that just has stuff to say, then she transitions into solid writing foundations and advice, while still giving practical tips at the end of each chapter to hone your skills. From setting up an environment to help fill those pages, how to tell if you’re any good, how to have a first responder, and so much more.
Through the act of writing, we acquire a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us.- On Becoming a Writer
I loved this book. It was a quick read, and each chapter left me with a little challenge. I found myself nodding in agreement as I read through Denise’s take on Becoming a Writer. I was also thinking I may not need a writing series at all because she captures so much of what I want to say about writing, but without my often rambling style!
She is a beautiful writer and friend and I know you’ll love her work.
Also, she’s offering it for free until midnight Tuesday the 26th on Amazon!
Download your copy of On Becoming a Writer: What Every Blogger Needs to Know today! You won’t be sorry.