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Should I buy this writing book?

Not all of them are worth it.

David Gane
David Gane

Writing books can be helpful. They can teach us the fundamentals of storytelling and how to tell better stories.

But there aren’t many hard-fast rules, and the actual work requires exploration and experimentation. It takes time and involves failure.

It makes us fear and forces us to buy the how-to guides that tell us what to do every step along the way.

Again, some are good, but many of them prey on our fears and insecurities.

Writing is hard. It requires emotional work, and that can be scary. But in doing that work, we discover not okay stories or good stories but memorable stories that stick with our readers forever.

What kind of stories do you want to tell?

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Co-writer of the Shepherd and Wolfe young adult mysteries, the internationally award-winning series, and teacher of storytelling and screenwriting.