A casual reader has good reason to be skeptical of the idea that anybody can write a book. “My ideas won’t sell” is the typical response that holds them back.
Once you can accept the idea that you can indeed write a book, you can open up possibilities for yourself. Of course, when I said anybody can write a book, I didn’t say everybody can become a J.K. Rowling or a Dan Brown. That is a different proposition altogether.
Anybody Can Write covers many subjects covered by other authors of this how-to-write genre: philosophical, psychological, and practical writing tips. At times it seems to gloss over certain topics without going too deep. But at all times topics are presented with a voice that shows she really cares about you developing your writing skills -- and perhaps the writing habit.
Elizabeth Lyon, a regular speaker at writing conferences and retreats nationwide, has been a contributor to Writer’s Digest and is a mentor, editor, and teacher for many writers. The author of Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write and The Sell Your Novel Toolkit, she lives in Eugene, Oregon.
“Anybody can write music of a sort. But touching the public heart is quite another thing.”
―John Philip Sousa