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I am reading a handful of books but the one I wanted to talk about was Writing the Breakout Novel: Insider Advice for Taking Your Fiction to the Next Level by Donald Maass. This is a good one. I'm only halfway through it and I have learned a lot. Not only has it helped with the outline of the story I am writing by making me more aware of what works and what doesn't, but it helps me as a selector at the library. There are good reasons why one book is popular and another, even if it is well reviewed, no one will read. Instinctively, I knew that. After reading this book, I know why that is.

It includes lots of pitfalls for new writers. I look at the books I've liked or disliked with an eye to why that is now, what problems the book has, what works. I've hated to give feedback or beta for writers because I am unable to articulate where the problems are or even what does work. After reading this, I see what to look for.

I'll probably write about the book again when I finish it. It is on my "must read" list now.

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