Recently, I’ve been delving into the habit of reading more writing books to help strengthen my craft. And the first book for the job was “Writing for the Soul” by Jerry B. Jenkins, the author I’d had met at my writing conference.
From the Back Cover:
In Writing for the Soul, best-selling author Jerry B. Jenkins takes you on a personal and inspiring journey, imparting experience and wisdom gained from his impressive writing career. Unknown in his early days, Jenkins persisted in his passion to write, and his story reveals the rewards that can come to writers who put in the hard work and keep their priorities straight. Jenkins shares the honest and straightforward truth about how to find writing success and why the journey is a continuous one. With heartfelt advice and intimate anecdotes that will satisfy writers and fans, Jenkins discusses: the skills and abilities required to build an exciting career, breaking into the industry through reporting and writing for small markets, establishing and maintaining a professional image, and how even experienced writers should continue to learn and grow. Writing for the Soul is filled with Jenkins’ autobiographical stories–including many of the famous people he’s written about–and the lessons he’s learned from his decades of experience in the writing and publishing world.
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Reading Jerry’s “Writing for the Soul,” challenged and encouraged me in my writing journey. There was so much to learn that I feel that this is one book that I will have to keep coming back to glean even more knowledgeable tips!
One thing in particular that I loved about the book was Jerry’s stories. Somehow whenever something is put into a story mode, it becomes so much more clearer. Jerry writes in a way that makes it easy to understand what he is talking about.
Out of my many underlined notes, here is what stuck out to me the most: “But I fear that if I’m not growing, I’m stagnating. There’s no reaching one level and staying there.”
I’ve been inspired to keep growing, learning, and never to stop working at my writing. If Jerry Jenkins is still learning, then I should too!