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.
Here's a list of 7 books that have influenced my writing in terms of voice and tone, and have taught me how use the setting as a major character, the plot as a dreamy wonderland, and the characters as beautiful creatures that are so flawed, they're perfect.
Make your setting a character.
Becoming a bestseller would be many an author's greatest fantasy. But, is there a formula?
"...there are only two things you must do with your first fifty pages...
The novel I've been working on the last 3 years, about a necromantic jinn and her daughter, has been offered representation! I started querying in June/July, and sent my queries to 80+ agents, with 5-6 requests for partials and fulls. But yesterday, glorious yesterday, an agent Zoomed me to offer representation! Nothing's official yet, but … Continue reading Bookish news: I got offered representation!
In a previous post, I mentioned the gothic novel I was working on. In a record for me, I finished the first draft in exactly two weeks! the first chapter was already posted, and I had some positive feedback, as well as requests to publish more chapters. So, here's chapter 2! And if you missed … Continue reading Sever House chapter 2
The beast bit me and I sat down to start a gothic novel. I started about a week ago, and I'm about 19 chapters, and 92 pages in. Needless to say, I've been swallowed by the premise and I feel as if, if I were the reader, not the writer, I'd read this book. And … Continue reading Finally – I’m writing a gothic novel!
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”
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