Book Review : 5 stars The Emotional Wound Thesaurus This book is phenomenal. Not only does it provide pages of different emotional wounds and their elements, but it gives you psychological feel to all of them. I noted a number of wounds that I was already building up in a character I'm writing about, but … Continue reading Book Review: The Emotional Wound Thesaurus – Angela Ackerman
Over the past few years, I've read/studied a number of books on the craft of writing, everything from tension & conflict, to character development, to the 3-part story arc. Here's a list of the best books I've read on how to develop and hone your writing.
(but it's not published...yet!) Mistlyn is published in full on Wattpad.com and I've entered it into Wattys 2019 awards! The only way thirteen-year-old Mistlyn can bring her dead village back to life is by going with a conniving Jinn to the world of the dead, the Realm of Mote. The only survivors of their burned … Continue reading I wrote a book!
To be a good writer, you need "arts & culture." Staying within the confines of what you know or are used to will make you a stale person, and, by default, a stale writer. Being exposed to flavors and style will open your mind and creativity to so much out there, and honestly, will likely … Continue reading Don’t be stale – be “cultured”
I recently finished Jeff Gerke's "The First 50 Pages," and of course, half the book is highlighted. Since I found the book to be useful, and I learned a lot reading it, I decided to outline some of the main points of the book. This post will basically be quotes from the book. No pages … Continue reading The First 50 Pages
Adding emotion to stories can be one of the more difficult aspects of writing. Sure, a writer knows what their characters are feeling, but can they make a reader *feel* the characters' emotions? That's difficult. I found a great article that was helpful in my own skill-building as I try to better learn how to … Continue reading Angst, anger, and affection
In case you haven't heard, in 2012, Ann Morgan read the world in a year. She compiled a list of all the countries of the world, and chose a book from each country to read, expanding her literary prowess. I wrote a post regarding her excursions, and my own decision to follow in her steps. … Continue reading Reading World Fantasy Books
Because of DC's Snowzilla, I was locked in the apartment for 4 days, so of course I've been editing. Not nearly as much as I thought I would, however. I'm on my second round of edits for my latest MS. During the first round of edits, I focused more on sentence structure, removing excess words, … Continue reading Kill your Manuscript Softly, not Brutally
Make your setting a character. I've recently learned this and think it's advice that I can follow, and plan on following, as I go through revisions of my latest book. In my current MS, my setting feels dead, a stagnant detail that a reader can't really envision. So as I edit my MS (again) I'm going … Continue reading Your setting is a living character
There's nothing akin to the agony of editing your book. This suffering goes beyond the whole "kill your darlings" because, at least for me, I'll gladly kill my darlings if it means saving my book. No, the agony for me is the 1001 revisions my book has to go through. I already did one revision, … Continue reading Revision is re-envisioning