Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Guess what? The Insecure Writer's Support Group has a shiny new website. It is awesome and fantastic and wonderful. :)
Check it out: http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/
I highly encourage you to follow their blog (hey, and mine while you're at it!) and when you visit their new site, go ahead and sign up to be a part of IWSG. It's a great network of writers.
So what do I have to share with you today? Well ... I've been thinking a lot lately about the beginning writer (maybe because I have just started writing a new story, and I feel like I'm learning to write all over again). And ... more specifically I've been thinking about the resources available to newbie writers. There are a ton, especially when you consider the wealth of information on the internet. Where do you possibly start?
My recommended resources:
1. THE FIRE IN FICTION by Donald Maass
2. WRITING YA FICTION FOR DUMMIES by Deborah Halverson
3. SAVE THE CAT by Blake Snyder
4. SELF-EDITING FOR FICTION WRITERS by Browne & King
5. THE STORY BOOK by David Baboulene
6. THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE by Strunk & White
7. ON WRITING by Stephen King
8. WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL by Donald Maass
On one hand, I wish I'd read these books before I'd ever written the first draft of my first manuscript, but then on the other hand, I may have never written a single word if I'd realized the amount of work that really goes into writing a great novel. ;) Maybe.
These books have really inspired me to move forward and dig deeper with my writing. I refer back to them often, and I've read some of them multiple times.
Have you read any of these books? Which one is your favorite?
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'On Writing' is on my wish list right now. As soon as I can get my hands on a copy, I'm reading it! Thanks for all of these great recs :)ReplyDelete
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Great resources, Margo! (I've got many of those… but I need to add Writing YA Fiction For Dummies.)ReplyDelete
On Writing is a personal fave for when I need inspiration. Save The Cat and Writing The Breakout Novel are for when I forget how to write altogether. :)
On Writing, hands down is my favorite. But then again I'm a little biased as he is my favorite writer.ReplyDelete
Thanks for plugging the IWSG site!ReplyDelete
Save the Cat is my favorite writing book. I didn't read it until after I wrote the first draft of my second book, but it helped so much.
Cool. Thanks Margo.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the link. I haven't heard of it. Am going over next to check it out.ReplyDelete