I won't mince words.
I've read a lot of books.
I can't even begin to count the number of books I've read over the course of my life.
And when I decided, and I mean really *Decided* that I wanted to define myself as a Writer I thought that having read so many books would have helped in some way.
Which it did.
Reading other peoples work is only half the battle. But what I really wanted? To be let in on all the dirty little secrets of the underworld of writing. The bones of it. HOW the hell do I create an f'in VOICE?! And what the heck do I do with all this research?
I happened, quite by chance, to pick up a book...well...download for free through B&N's Free Friday program... called Hooked by Les Edgerton. I read it in 2 days. I then went to my computer and deleted, not save and started new, DELETED my current wip.
Totally changed my writing style. Totally changed my outlook on writing in general.
It's a very quick, easy read. He uses very understandable examples. Like when explaining inciting incident. He uses Thelma and Louise. Very clear. Or the whole voice thing, and not using dialog tags. My eyes were opened. I think I actually went, "Oh!" Out loud.
I highly recommend this book to everyone, no matter where they are in their writing career. It's a funny, easy, quick read. I'm telling you, it'll change how you view your writing.
What books changed your life? Writing or otherwise?