His book shares lessons from a lifetime of writing.
by Andy Scheer
In his long career, Cec Murphey has written or co-written more than 135 books, including breakout bestsellers Gifted Hands and 90 Minutes in Heaven. His books have sold in the millions.
For years he’s taught at writers conferences and instructed writers through his blog.
While he said at his recent Writer to Writer event that he’s winding down his in-person conference participation, Cec has made sure his teaching remains available.
I returned from Murfreesboro with a copy of Cec’s book Writer to Writer. As I scanned its pages, I realized this is one book I need to pore over.
“This isn’t a grammar book,” he says. “This isn’t a rulebook for writers. This is an attempt to share the lessons I’ve learned as a professional writer. Nothing else.”
The eleven sections reflect the 400-page book’s practical value:
Beyond the Amateur Look
Start to Finish
Show Me, Show Me
Working with Verbs
Improve Your Fiction
Being Edited and Editing Groups
Those Awful Rejections
Literary Agents and Contracts
Making a Living as a Writer
Each entry spans no more than two pages. Almost the makings of a one-year writers devotional.
“I’m still learning,” Cec says. Thanks to this book, we can, too—from one of the best.