Before and during the writing of my first novel, I studied several books on how to write fiction. The list includes Writing for the Soul (Jerry Jenkins), On Writing (Stephen King), Bird by Bird (Anne Lamott) and The First Five Pages (Noah Lukeman). I also read scores of useful articles in The Writer, a magazine I’ve subscribed to for eight years. All of the above provided invaluable lessons and advice as I wrote The All-American King.
Now halfway through my second novel, I’m finding it beneficial to consult my old “teachers” again to make sure I’m still following their sound instruction. This review not only refreshes my knowledge of the craft, it also renews my enthusiasm for the writing experience.