Writing Books

Books about the writing craft

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    First Novel Journey: Making a Bookmap

    As the novel I’m working on is a middle grade fantasy, I wanted to add to my writer’s library a book about writing for children and adolescents. By far the best book on this I have found is Cheryl Klein’s book The Magic Words. Cheryl Klein is an editor of children’s and YA books as well as an author of children’s picture books. She has an excellent website with a number of resources useful to any writer with an interest in writing for children. One of the most useful concepts in The Magic Words is that of the bookmap. As she says, “a bookmap, in its simplest form, is a…

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    Writing Resource: The Emotional Craft of Fiction

    As a writer it’s just as important to read as it is to put down your words. Read books in the same genre that you write. Read books in other genres. Read classics. Read short stories. And definitely read books on the writer’s craft. There are so many books out there to choose from. So many offer a promise to turn you into a bestseller with their formula, or five simple steps, or 30 day plan, or whatever it may be. Personally, I try to avoid those. I’m always wary of things that seem too good to be true, and that’s especially true when it comes to writing. I do,…

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    Writing Resource: Barbara Baig’s Spellbinding Sentences

    Coming up with ideas has never been an issue, but after a decade of not writing, I felt like my actual mechanics were a bit rusty. I didn’t need exercises to help me brainstorm ideas or explore themes or flesh out characters. I needed exercises that helped me to hone my skill with words. I stumbled across a book at Barnes and Noble that looked promising called Spellbinding Sentences: A Writer’s Guide to Achieving Excellence & Captivating Readers, by Barbara Baig. I poured over it, and I swear to God I have never seen a book that offers such a variety of quality exercises! This book’s overarching goal is to…