DIY MFA: Viagra for Writers

Five books. Five books that I have started over the past five years and abandoned after the 10K word mark. I wish there was Viagra for writers. I just lose the urge and lack the stamina. So, when the opportunity arose to be a street team member for Gabriela Pereira’s new DIY MFA book, I decided to leap at the chance. Maybe this would be the little blue pill to cure my ailments.

In case you didn’t see it coming, I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose and Build Your Community is very different from the other countless writing guides I’ve purchased in the past. This isn’t a how-to book that has you answer questions about your novel and bam—you got yourself an outline. This is a complete technical guide to writing your book. It’s the blood and tears that every writer must shed to reach their goals. From managing your time to verb tense, this is your DIY MFA.

Pereira uses graphs, charts and excellent book examples to illustrate her points. I won’t lie, it’s a lot to consume, because the content is rich. I read it slowly over two months to really soak it in. And the result was a permanent bruise on my forehead from so many palm slaps to the middle of my eyes when I had an ah-ha moment about something I was doing wrong or missing completely. It really helped me to see why so many of my books have failed. I couldn’t move forward, because I was picking up baggage with every page and it eventually wore me down.

I highly recommend this book and subscribing to her DIY MFA podcast that will help you keep things fresh in your mind.

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