A craft book is a non-fiction book about the process of writing. They come in many formats from how-to guide, memoir, complied advice, and more. Some are funny, some are quite serious, but sometimes craft books can feel like a barrier to new writers, or even patronizing. You might think “why do I need to read about story beats? I know how to write.” Or, you might feel like a craft book takes the fun out of writing. Worry not, today we’re dispelling the myth that you must read craft books to be a better writer by providing alternate avenues for growth. August’s theme for JUVEN Press is Transitions. Therefore, let us help you transition into a better writer.
There is no one way to be a better writer, and you certainly don’t have to read a craft book to learn how to be one. That being said, if outlining or brainstorming plot feels murky to you, a craft book could be of some use. Many writers swear by Jessica Brody’s Save the Cat! Writes a Novel, or the Emotion Thesaurus, which has a website! However you write, we hope this article has given you ideas for how to level up your craft and transition into a better writer. From all of us at JUVEN Press, happy writing.
is a writer based in North Carolina. She attends writing classes of all kinds at UNC Chapel Hill and has a particular fondness for sharp imagery. In her free time, she drafts her own novels.
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