All this week we've been talking about gifts for other people. Now, it's time to talk about you. Yes YOU. Right there. I'm looking at YOU right now
You look good enough to eat.
Aren't you glad I went vegetarian?
Now, back to you.
You're a writer.
You may be wondering if you can call yourself that if you're not published, haven't sent a query, haven't had a book deal, haven't won the Pulitzer...
Wonder no longer.
Yes you can.
You're a writer if you string sentences together on a regular basis and you want to get better at it. The difference between people who write and writers is how much you think about craft.
And right now I can see you saying "ME! ME! I do! I do!"
(See, I told you I can see you!)
So, this holiday season, treat yourself to a great new craft book. Buy it for yourself. Don't wait for someone to give it to you, or for when you have an extra $20 lying around. Invest in yourself. Invest in your craft. You really do deserve it.
There are some terrific craft books out there, and I'm sure the commenters will have suggestions.
Here's the one I'm giving to people this year: Spellbinding Sentences.
It comes with a pretty nice blurb:
I hope young writers find this book and profit from it! I give it the Vulcan salute--"Live long and prosper!"--Ursula K. Le Guin