Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 This book, by Donald Maass, is an extension of his Writing the Breakout Novel (WtBN). While some refer to WtBN as a “masters course in novel-writing”, WtBN Workbook takes it up a big notch to PhD-level. Maass doesn’t pretend that his method will be quick or easy – in fact, he emphasizes that it should take years to fully […]
Kim Sam-Soon: just another K-drama to add to my addiction list… K-drama, a.k.a. Korean soap operas, dramatic series, and romantic comedy series, are the only form of TV I’ve been watching of late… Pretty much since I moved to Germany since Arirang is one of our only channels in English (along with Russia Today, Aljazeera, […]
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 This book, by Alicia Rasley, is one of my favorites for the planning stage. She makes you think to get your characters, conflicts, and plot in gear. This is definitely my Go-To-Book if I’m having trouble getting an outline or imagining where I want my story to go.
In no particular order, here are 13 blogs all novelists should add to their RSS feed. Whether you need updates on the world of publishing, info on writing a query letter, explanations of the ongoing Google settlement, you’ll find all that info in the following pages. Some are agents, some are editors, and all are […]
Let us assume you have successfully followed the steps listed in How to Get a Literary Agent. The agent will then submit your project to multiple publishing houses (whom he/she feels are good fits for your work), and then you wait for the fish to bite. And now, let’s assume your agent has found a […]
To add a final comment to yesterday’s post, readers want a protagonist who does things, not a protagonist who has things done to her. This is an important point — not just for Twilight, but for all stories. If the damsel-in-distress is the main character, she’d better turn into a damsel-in-shining-armor pretty fast. Typically, people […]
Finished! The first draft of my second book has reached The End. Wunderbar! Now it’s on to the massive revisions. And they will be massive, but I am so excited to start — I love editing and improving what I’ve already created. It’s like getting a diamond from the coal… Okay, terrible metaphor. How about […]
(back to Classes) During my undergrad, we were required to have papers officially proofread by an editor. This editor and I got along swimmingly — I being particularly fond of punctuation and grammar, and he having to commit zero work to my papers. One thing he always praised me for was my regular use of […]
The Inner Editor is the perfectionist in you. It’s that part of your brain that tells you, “No matter how great your writing is, it’s not good enough.” It’s a debilitating disease, IE. You can never finish a project because it never lives up to the inner editor’s standards. You’re unwilling to share your work with others because […]
I haven’t much energy for the blog today. I fear it all drained away during my massive writing session this morning and afternoon. As such, I will simply leave you with this beautiful quote form Ursula K. Le Guin in 1977.