BEST Writing Guides
(Wanted to add this to the Writing Guides thread as I didn't see this mentioned, but the reply box doesn't want to appear!)
The best 'writing guides' are the ones so often ignored by many would-be fiction writers, who instead devour every How To book on the market, go on to regurgitate so-called rules to other wannabees (as if reading these books has somehow made them experts), and think they will now be able to write.
The best guides are stacked in their thousands in every bookshop, in every library under the heading of FICTION. These show (not tell!) a) how it's done, and b) that so-called advice in most How To books is a complete nonsense (particularly those which use sweeping words/phrases like NEVER, AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE, UNDER PAIN OF DEATH (usually in capitals!).
Seasoned ABCtalers will, I'm sure, be avid readers already, so they can ignore this post. But I'm always horrified at the number of wannabees who read nothing at all, and these are the people I'm addressing.
If you're not reading fiction, start now. And - if you want to be published - make sure your reading includes lots of contemporary fiction. When you come across something you've really enjoyed, go back and try to work out WHY you enjoyed it. It may seem like hard work at first, but that's what being a writer is all about. Hard work and perseverance. There are NO short cuts (unless you're a celebrity, of course!).