Common Problems of Beginning Writers . . . and Useful Tips to Solve Them

by Jimmie Butler

Publisher: Jimmie Butler

Publication Date: November 27, 2018

ISBN: 9780463392935

Binding: Kobo eBook

Availability: eBook

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This book, Common Problems of Beginning Writers . . . and Useful Tips to Solve Them, is crammed with practical tips to improve the writing of almost any serious writer. Jimmie told writers in his classes on the subject at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference—and tells readers of this book—that applying these tips can make them better writers immediately. His casual style in providing the information is much like he taught on hundreds of evenings sitting around in critique groups and trying to help others become better writers.
Jimmie’s background as a combat pilot had trained him to focus on the practical instead of the academic or philosophical. A personal guideline developed during his flying career was that philosophy was okay, but he was more interested in learning practical tips that might help him get an aircraft back under control before it hit the ground. A key was to learn from experienced pilots and other aircrew members.
A brief look at the table of contents reveals topics a list of subjects that as an experienced writer, he believes aspiring writers need to master to be successful.
Categories of Major Common Problems
-----Dialogue Problems
-----Problems Handling Point of View (POV)
-----Problems with Openings
-----Writers Fail to Keep Readers in Mind
-----Many Writers Can’t Describe their Books Succinctly

He explains the “why” behind such problems, so writers can better understand when to follow the “rules,”—and when to break a “rule.” Examples of “how-to” and “how-not-to” are sprinkled liberally through the book to clearly illustrate points being taught. Perhaps more interestingly, he asks questions about the craft of writing that most aspiring writers never knew they needed to ask. And he provides the useful tips to answer the questions, thereby giving readers the opportunity to elevate the level of their writing.

Jimmie became a serious writer ...