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"The most memorable work springs from eccentric characters." Sol Stein

Friday, July 24, 2015

Ten Best Books - Art of Writing

Editors and writers are often asked about our favorite resources. It is a subject that always comes up in my writing classes, so I thought I would share a few of mine and why I find them useful.

The Emotion Thesaurus (Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi) 75 emotions succinctly describe what a character is feeling. One of my new favorites.

Writing the Breakout Novel (Donald Maass)            Inspiring, practical, information from the respected author of seventeen novels, an extremely successful literary agent

20 Master Plots: And How to Build Them (Ron Tobias) Indepth look at plotting with checklists

How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author (Janet Evanovich) Fun, easy to understand basics to from bestselling author on how to create a book.

Editor-Proof Your Writing (Don McNair) 21 steps to clear prose that work! Query & other good information.

Creating Fiction (Julie Checkoway) Easy to understand info: elements of fiction

“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” Einstein
Becoming A Writer (Dorothea Brande) My favorite book on writing—the who, why, what, how, and when to write.  I get inspired and learn something new every time I read it.

On Writing (Stephen King) Memoir and guide to writing filled with inspiration and practical advice.

Stein on Writing (Sol Stein) Master editor of successful writers spills the secrets of writing

Writing Fiction (Janet Burroway) Touchstone for literary writers. Used in MFA programs.

Warning! Don’t read them all at once! Take your time and absorb the information and keep them handy for easy reference.

Write like you mean it ~ Mahala

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

An ARC goes to . . .

cj sez:
In my last post, I promised to send a reader an unedited Advance Review Copy of CHOOSING CARTER, but I can’t send just “one.” So, I’m going to send one to Kaye George, one to Deborah O’Neill Cordes, and one to Vickie Fee. Watch for it, ladies, and thanks for stopping by. ’Preciate it. Hope you enjoy the read.

I checked the Crimson Romance website last week and discovered they’ve scheduled the e-book launch of CHOOSING CARTER for August 17. Now I know why I’ve been under so many short deadlines. The last one was the galley corrections. I got the galley from the publisher on July 18, and they needed everything back on July 20. (That’s why this blog post slipped to Tuesday.)

I thought, okay, that’s three days. I can do this. Then Mother Nature stepped in. For the last three days, my part of the Gulf Coast has been the target of amazing electrical storms. The power at my house kept going on and off like a light switch with a short circuit. And when there was a lull and I tried to turn the computer on, Internet Explorer would quit working and restart (which it just did again now).

Do I sound like I’m whining? No, I’m bragging . . . I completed the task despite all those hurdles. Yessss. Take that, weather and internet bugs.

Now, I can relax, take something for my hellacious headache, and get ready for a day trip to “The Magic of Books” writers conference in Long Beach, MS, this weekend.

See you-all next time. In the meantime, you-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.



PS:  The toon is from my Facebook page. I warned 'em I'd share it.