What is your favorite craft book?
Writer to Writer by Cecil Murphy. Cecil gives tips and tools for everything from book proposals to grammar.
Which do you think is the most underrated craft book? Why?
Writer to Writer by Cecil Murphy. This book has bite size nuggets of writing advice. A writer can read for hours or just glean from one minute of scanning the book.
What is your favorite (or most anticipated) writers conference?
Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference. It’s like writers heaven with worship, workshops, and great food. I have the honor of teaching book proposals this year.
What’s your favorite other source (YouTube, podcast, etc.) for writing tips/info?
I’m old fashioned and love to hear a person’s voice. I phone a friend. I’m blessed to know many writers who are best-selling authors and take the time to help others.
Who is your writing mentor/inspiration? Why?
Cecil Murphy. He’s honest about my writing, yet kind. He told me where my writing needed improvement and gave me the tools to improve. He helps many writers behind the scenes. I’m inspired to help others now.
What’s the worst writing advice you’ve ever received? Why was it bad?
Only write what you know. Personally, I love to learn. I immerse myself in study, talk to the experts, and then write about the topic. If I stuck with just what I knew, my books would be boring, and I’d miss out on the adventure of learning.
What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t compare yourself to others. Compare your writing to your previous stuff. If your improving, keep learning and never stop. No one is a perfect writer.
What would you say is the best writing tip for new authors?
Listen and learn. Go to as many writing conferences as you can. They are an investment in your writing.
What is your best self-editing tip or advice?
I know this seems lazy, but use Grammarly, Pro Writing Aid, or another document checker before you hit send, even if your manuscript was professionally edited.
Please share your most encouraging tip for frustrated/discouraged writers.
When I’m frustrated or discouraged, I walk, pray, or call a writing friend. Every writer gets frustrated and discouraged—it’s part of the job description.
I think of writers like Stephen King, Jerry Jenkins, and others who received many rejections, even after writing a best-selling book. Rejection is part of the writing process. Your book may be good, however, the publisher may have one like it, or it’s not the genre they are looking for at the time.
Thank you for the opportunity to share. My passion is helping writers achieve their goals. If I helped in any way, I am grateful.
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Cherrilynn Bisbano is an award-winning writer in both fiction and non-fiction. Her passion is helping other writers fulfill their dream of completing a book, article, or memoir through coaching, teaching on-line or at conferences. She loves Christ, chocolate, coffee, and cats. She is an avid sea glass hunter who loves spending time with friends and family. Cherrilynn’s husband of 24 years joins her in editing projects. Her 21 year old son is a musician and attends Ground 40 ministries.
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