James Scott Bell is without a doubt my favorite author on writing.
I am an intuitive writer. I write from my gut. I “feel” a book as I write it rather than “see” or “think” it. I have to “absorb” books on the craft of writing rather than think them through. If I try to use something like a chart on goals and motivations, it makes me want to bang my head on the table. My brain doesn’t work that way. The information has to get down to my gut and heart. Naturally, I do recognize goals and motivations for my characters and know they are essential for the success of my stories. They just have to come out of me in a different way than using a chart.
Anyway, many craft books I’ve purchased through the years have been read and quickly forgotten. Not so with those from James Scott Bell. Something about his style and voice works for me. Plot and Structure was the first to move to the #1 spot on my list of recommended craft books. It was followed in the #2 spot by the very excellent Revision & Self-Editing . Then came The Art of War for Writers . Although there are elements of craft in it, this book was very much about the business (and discipline) of the writing life. It became a quick favorite, too, perfect for picking up and reading in small bites and for quick reminders.
Now comes Writing Fiction for All You’re Worth (an ebook for the Kindle and any device using the Kindle app or the Nook, priced at $2.99). Bravo, Mr. Bell! Another winner! Here is my official review:
“Like THE ART OF WAR FOR WRITERS before it, WRITING FICTION FOR ALL YOU’RE WORTH is an informative and highly entertaining book on the craft and business of writing. Filled with Mr. Bell’s signature wit as well as a wealth of knowledge learned from study and experience, this ebook has quickly become another favorite, one that will be read again and again.“
— Robin Lee Hatcher, bestselling author of BELONGING
If you love to write fiction, treat yourself to this book.