Letters to a Young Writer is a step by step guide to writing without the pressure of your teacher breathing down your neck. The book moves through the steps of writing a novel from the plot and characters through to the editing process and release. It’s an easy way to gauge where your writing is at, where you need to improve and even possibly how to handle issues such as rejection and harsh criticism.
The book isn’t a heavy read, with a nurturing tone that allows you to move through it at your own pace. You don’t feel the need to religiously read one chapter after another. Rather you read one or two and take time to digest the information you’ve just eaten. Colum’s writing is relaxed and it feels like a guiding hand through the writing world.
From a wise writer to a young one, Colum’s book is an excellent way to gain a perspective on your writing and create an opportunity to improve your skills.