Originally Posted by Devildoubt
Just ignore all those fucking books and read fiction. And read critically.
The writers are absolutely the best teachers. Read, and read widely! A problem I see with many of my peers (I'm 22) is they only read a handful of authors who write the same kind of "take-a-genre-add-twisted/kinky/weird/ultraviolent/transgressive-elements-and-then-write-with-a-pseudo-intellectual-voice" books. Don't be afraid to read against the grain. Don't be afraid to return to the classics.
That said, I HIGHLY recommend two books by the same author:The First Five Pages
by Noah Lukeman, andThe Plot Thickens
also by Noah Lukeman.
Great, great, great, and sound, advice from a publisher who's read years worth of crap.
His idea that every
sentence should be written as a hook sentence, and that a hook sentence should never
be viewed as a marketing tool, is alone worth the price.
And if you're really into art, and still reading this post, read "The Novel", "Morality and the Novel", two essays by D. H. Lawrence. They're both really short, around 5 -7 pages, but are required reading for any artist.