10 Writing Craft Books And Blog Posts

There are so many great writing craft books and blog posts out there I just had to do my first monthly mash-up focusing on those. The following are some of my favorite books, in no particular order: Writing craft books: If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland -- Brenda shows us that no writing … Continue reading 10 Writing Craft Books And Blog Posts

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3 Nifty Apps to Organize and Store Ideas

The need to organize your thoughts and store new ideas isn't just a writer's thing. I find myself needing to capture ideas for all kinds of things, as does DH (who knew there were so many Star Wars hobby ideas? 🙂 ). If you're cruising the 'net on your laptop or smartphone and come across … Continue reading 3 Nifty Apps to Organize and Store Ideas

Novel By Critique Group

Welcome to Toolbox Saturday where you'll find tools for various things from writing to whatever. I've picked up a lot of great writing tips from Roz Morris' blog and absolutely love her book Nail Your Novel. The following is one of the many useful posts she's written. I rewrote my novel through a critique group … Continue reading Novel By Critique Group

Rough Drafts Aren’t The Only Things That Need Editing

As I continue wrestling with my WIP, Apprentice Cat, using Larry Brooks' Story Engineering strategies, I've suddenly realized it's not just the writing I'll need to edit. Pantsers know (or should know) that they'll be writing draft after draft in order to get the story just right. Plotters, on the other hand, use different methods … Continue reading Rough Drafts Aren’t The Only Things That Need Editing

How To Include Back Story Without Killing Your Novel

I've been writing most of my life, but that doesn't mean I've got it down cold. If anything, I've learned I have a lot to learn. For example, although my first novel may spend the rest of eternity tucked safely in the darkest corner of the deepest drawer away from anything living it might otherwise … Continue reading How To Include Back Story Without Killing Your Novel

4 Links To Overcome Publishing Despair

The road to publication is filled with pain and tears... bloodshed... mayhem.... I'm being melodramatic here. Of course, that could just be that I've recently read several posts about how painful the publication process can be and how difficult it is to write good fiction. Here's a small sampling: "This is literally years of work you're seeing. … Continue reading 4 Links To Overcome Publishing Despair