Recently, someone asked me: What is required to make a book saleable? That is a rather large-in-scope question, and as such, I’m afraid my answer will be kinda vague. All the same, I thought it was worth taking the time to answer for everyone. 🙂 My super broad response is the: The most important thing […]
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Noah Lukeman’s The First Five Pages is a well-known guide to writers that, rather than offer rules for “great writing”, lays out “ways to avoid bad writing.” Lukeman is a literary agent, so he knows all about the importance of hooking your reader in the opening pages of your […]
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 […]
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.
(back to Classes) A friend requested an entry on the semicolon, which he feels is underused. Alas, if this were only the case in literary circles. According to many an agent and editor’s blog, the semicolon is often overused — thereby producing the dreaded Mark of an Amateur. Now, of course, using it occasionally and […]