Words: Essays on Writing, Reading, and Life possesses an immediate resemblance to On Writing, by Stephen King. While that comparison might be presumptuous to liken author Jessica McCann to such an iconic writer, that was my realization about fifty pages into these essays. This book is a concoction of professional, anecdotal, and theoretical lessons on the becoming of a serious writer, delivered in a smooth, memoir-ish voice so déjà vu of McCann's fiction. Like King, she spoke of personal writing experiences and how those, in combination with ageless, proven writing lessons, can develop a person into an earnest wordsmith. In an endless sea of books on essays on writing, Words comes across fresher and more genuine than the rest.
Words: Essays on Writing, Reading, and Life
Jessica McCann, author
Jessica McCann has woven together a collection of personal essays and writing tips that offer a unique glimpse into her writing journey and process. She is an award-winning historical novelist and has worked as a professional freelance writer and editor for magazines, universities, corporations, and nonprofits for more than thirty years. In Words, McCann shares her passion for books, as well as research that shows how reading improves our lives. With a philosophy that is equally pragmatic and optimistic, Words will appeal to readers and writers alike. "A book is a box of words, until someone opens it." ~ Ursula K. Le Guin
C. Hope Clark, mystery author and editor of Funds for Writers