#1 To Do:
Create Your Own Reference Library
So my number one suggestion before you ever save that first word in Microsoft Word, whether you are going to self-publish or go traditional, build a reference library.
No matter how much or how little you want to invest in your reference library, the following, in my opinion, are must-haves. I will start with first on the list by emphasizing if you don’t have this one, GET IT NOW!
1. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and David King
2. On Writing by Stephen King. (He gave me the courage to put that first word down.)
3. The Chicago Manual of Style or Idiots Guide to Grammar or Essentials of English or if you can get your hands on a good old grammar book. But invest in some reference book you trust to resort to when you have a question about grammar. And as good as you think you are at grammar, you will still have many questions. Like: Is this right? It doesn’t look right. Is it lie or lay? Passed or past?
1. Telling Lies For Fun & Profit: A Manual For Fiction Writers by Lawrence Block
2. How To Write A Damn Good Novel by James N. Frey
3. On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner