52 books in 52 weeks: Diary of a Scaredy Cat

*** shameless self-plug alert ***

I set myself the goal of reading and reviewing 52 writing guides over the year. Here is book 24.

I couldn’t complete a series on writers’ guides without at least including a plug for my own. Especially as it’s the first in a series, and especially as I’ve been getting some really good feedback.

Diary of a Scaredy Cat: a year in the life of a frightened writer by Diane Wordsworth is a collection of weekly blog posts from September 2013 to August 2014 chronicling the author’s first year back in the freelance writing saddle proper.

The blog posts are no longer available online, but the book includes 165 practical exercises not previously published. The exercises enable readers to have a go at what the author tried to see if it works for them.

Each exercise of the same ilk is designed to build on the previous one and by the end of the year, the reader should have a number of projects already published, out doing the rounds or ready to go.

Advice and exercises include how to:

  • work out an hourly/word rate that works
  • find all sorts of writing and related work
  • work out a weekly or monthly output
  • plan an article, short story, novel or book
  • find ideas
  • getting organised

And much, much more.

The idea is to read the  diary and then tackle the exercises. But the exercises are designed that they can also be dipped into as and when required.

Feedback tells me that people who bought the ebook initially then went on to buy the paperback, and vice versa, so that they’d always have the book to hand.

Diary of a Scaredy Cat: a year in the life of a frightened writer is available on Kindle for £2.99 ($3.90) and in paperback for £5.99 ($9.99). It will soon also be available in all eformats at Smashwords.