Lately, I've thought about doing some more writing, so I picked up a couple of books by writers on how to write and sell your work.
The first one I read was Starting from Scratch: A Different Kind of Writer's Manual by Rita Mae Brown. It really does have some different ideas. No other writer's manual that I've ever seen talks about physical exercise as a way to improve one's writing. Actually, she has several good points in that chapter.
I'm not so keen on the chapter that says that I need to learn Latin to write well. I have an excellent grasp on the roots of many English words, be they Latin-by-way-of-France, Greek, Spanish, Germanic, or Native American.
I especially will not follow her advice about using a fountain pen or Selectric typewriter instead of a computer. No editor would take the manuscript. This book was written in 1988.
Rita, how about an update?