Learn how to take your work to the next level with this informative guide on the craft, business, and lifestyle of writing
With warmth and humor, Paulette Perhach welcomes you into the writer’s life as someone who has once been on the outside looking in. Like a freshman orientation for writers, this book includes an in-depth exploration of all the elements of being a writer—from your writing practice to your reading practice, from your writing craft to the all-important and often-overlooked business of writing.
In Welcome to the Writer’s Life, you will learn how to tap into the powers of crowdsourcing and social media to grow your writing career. Perhach also unpacks the latest research on success, gamification, and lifestyle design, demonstrating how you can use these findings to further improve your writing projects. Complete with exercises, tools, checklists, infographics, and behind-the-scenes tips from working writers of all types, this book offers everything you need to jump-start a successful writing life.
Writers looking for encouragement, specifics, and some memorable advice would do well to pick up this good-humored and highly useful guide from Perhach, a contributor to Elle and Cosmopolitan. While sharing professional successes and challenges, Perhach starts with the basics: finding enough time to write, setting goals, and overcoming insecurities. Along with advice on these matters, Perhach offers nuggets of inspiration ("How hard you work outweighs how much talent you have") as well as inspirational maxims from other writers, including Stephen King and E.L. Doctorow. Try writing in different genres, Perhach encourages, while also "taking risks" and "reading the best of the best." And for readers who have never seriously studied writing as a craft, Perhach gives an introduction to the mechanics of storytelling, and lists 12 books to use as follow-up. Lighthearted graphics illustrate points throughout the book, as do simple assignments. Perhach wraps up by examining writing as a business, discussing lifestyle choices, professional role models, and "how to network non-creepily." This funny, readable, and idea-crammed book is a powerful tool for writers, no matter where they are in their journeys.