I'm a blogger and I wanted to find out ...what I need to know.
Denise is qualified to write this book.
- She teaches college composition at a private Christian university (that's English).
- She's been a blogger for years.
- She's the daughter of Marsha, who is one of my favorite bloggers.
- She's a follower of Christ and often writes about faith.
- She writes her blog posts so beautifully and descriptively.
- I learn about writing by simply reading her blog posts.
I smiled soon enough as I began to read Denise's words:
To write is to join a conversation. This is what every blogger does. We enter an online party where discussions are in progress. We listen awhile. We lurk. And when we're ready, we tap that publish button. We join the conversation.
I love that about blogging! I now have many new friends that I've never met in person. Well I have met about a dozen bloggers and never been disappointed. Because I ventured out and choose to join the conversation, I've been blessed. It's much more fun than lurking!
The book is divided into seven categories listed below. Within each of these categories are questions. Denise answers 34 questions in a conversational style. I found it easy to read and understand. No wonder she's such a good teacher. I felt as if I were sitting across a table from her having a cup of coffee.
- Joining the Conversation
- Getting Started
- Knowing Your Style
- Learning the Craft
- Understanding the Revision Process
- Avoiding the Pitfalls
- Becoming a Writer
You don't have to be in the process of writing a book to benefit from Denise's book. I think this should be a must read for every blogger out there. Bloggers write nonfiction on their blogs. After all, we are usually writing about our own lives. And nonfiction is much different from writing fiction. As a blogger, I am always using the pronoun I. After all, I'm sharing my own experiences, right?
If you ever hated English class, please don't let that discourage you from writing a blog. It's a different venue entirely.
Now we're talking! However, I happen to be one of those people who actually loved English class.
Denise also writes about knowing why we are writing. Most people write:
- To encourage (that's me)
- To entertain
- To inform
- To persuade
I especially loved the section on how to engage your reader. I'm not the best story teller so this helped me.
Overall, I really liked this book.
The official book launch date is Monday, March 25th. The price of On Becoming a Writer is $4.99. However, the e-book will be available for free on Monday and Tuesday only. So don't waste any more time and head on over to Amazon now.
Blessings and love,