Happy Friday, everyone!
Woo-HOO, the sun is shining, the horrible storm is OVER, and this weekend’s forecast looks good, so I will be spending Saturday morning on my front porch starting another novel rewrite! Only problem is . . . I have NO CLUE how to begin this rewrite.
The only thing I know is that something is wrong with the underlining plot in my manuscript. Something very, very fundamentally wrong, but I have no idea what to do. This has happened to me many, many times. How did I get through it before?
By reading a book on writing.
Seriously. It’s amazing how many times the answer has jumped out at me after reading a good how-to. So, seeing how I’m stuck in No Clue Land, I thought it’d be a good time to share some of our regional member’s favorites!
Starting with . . .
Regional author Pat McNeill who loves The Only Writing Series You’ll Ever Need: WRITING CHILDREN’S BOOKS by Lesley Bolton and Lea Wait:
Whenever author Carole Lindstrom needs inspiration, she turns to WRITING PICTURE BOOKS: A Hands-On Guide from Story Creation to Publication by Ann Whitford Paul:
. . . shared this with me:
My favorite writing book is more of a reference manual than a how-to. There are a series of books called THE WRITERS GUIDE TO EVERYDAY LIFE IN [insert time period of choice.] Since a lot of fantasy takes place in a medieval setting, my favorite is THE WRITERS GUIDE TO EVERYDAY LIFE IN THE MIDDLE AGES, but I like reading all of them. They approach time periods from a writer’s point of view, so it really forces you to think about how your character would spend their day, what would they eat, how would they sleep. Details like that are what you really need to make your writing realistic.
Awesome, thanks Pat, Carole, and Amy!
What about you? What’s your favorite writing how-to book? Either share it in the comments below or send it to me (laura.bowers at comcast.net) so I can use it in a future blog entry!
And are you stuck on something with your manuscript like I am and don’t have any clue how to fix it? If so, please share your concerns with me, and I’ll find someone who can answer it!
Until then, happy writing and have a great, sunny, (hopefully) rain-free weekend!