Writing books on the shelf.

I’m currently reading “Chapter after Chapter” by Heather Sellers (an excellent book by the way – I’ll be publishing a review of it soon.) and she mentioned that she had 163 writing books on her shelves. I’m making the assumption that this excludes things like dictionaries and thesauri.

I thought that that was way too many. I checked my own shelves and discovered over 283 writing books on them. No wonder I’ve written so little. All that time spent reading, digesting and trying to implement the contradictory, though honest advice from their authors.

In Chapter 16 – Wise Guides, Heather Sellers offers some very sage advice that when writing any book you should choose six (6) wise guides, six books to help you through the process of writing your book. Three books should be of the same type that you are writing; what you would consider the way you’d want your book to turn out and the other three writing and motivational related. Again, these should be your favourites. During the writing of your book no other books should be consulted.

The best way to find out how to write a book is to write a book.

What would your six wise guides be?

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