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A Comprehensive Guide to Writing a Fiction Series

A Comprehensive Guide to Writing a Fiction Series

Writing the Fiction Series: The Complete Guide for Novels and Novellas, by Karen S. Wiesner, was a book specifically about the techniques and best practices we should use when creating a fiction series. Trilogies, quartets and series aren’t really books that you can...

13 Books Perfect for a Reluctant Reader

My 6-year-old is reluctant reader. This summer, I aim to change that, so I’ve put some fun fantasies, lots of animal books, and some entertaining, danger-filled stories on his summer reading list. Here’s a look at the books he’ll be reading. 1. Maybe a Fox, by Kathi...

A Helpful Resource for Successfully Revising Manuscripts

A Helpful Resource for Successfully Revising Manuscripts

Thanks, But This Isn't for Us: A (Sort of) Compassionate Guide to Why Your Writing is Being Rejected, by Jessica Page Morrell, is a book about all the things writers do that turn off not only potential agents and editors but also readers. Morrell is an independent...

12 Books that Celebrate Knowledge and Imagination

12 Books that Celebrate Knowledge and Imagination

My 8-year-old is a voracious reader. He will read anything and everything—but he wasn’t always this way. He had an amazing teacher during his second-grade year at school. This teacher reiterated what his mama always told him: reading unlocks knowledge, which unlocks...

A Helpful Resource for Focus and Productivity

A Helpful Resource for Focus and Productivity

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, by Cal Newport, is a book about cultivating more deep work in your life. Deep work is defined as the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. I can’t say enough about this book....

14 Books Every 10-year-old Should Read

14 Books Every 10-year-old Should Read

Every summer my boys and I work on summer reading lists, which they will be required to finish by the end of the summer in order to get a book of their choice added to their personal library. They read books alone and we read books together—because reading is good for...

A Fantastic Guide to Effective Storytelling

A Fantastic Guide to Effective Storytelling

Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need, by Blake Snyder is, as you might have guessed, a book on screenwriting. But let me just tell you why screenwriting books are so very good for writers of all kinds. Screenwriters have story figured out....

A Picture Book With Beautiful Poetry and Gorgeous Illustrations

A Picture Book With Beautiful Poetry and Gorgeous Illustrations

It’s taken me a while to get around to writing about this splendid picture book, but my boys have recently been requesting it (again), and I couldn’t let another month go by without sharing it with you. If you haven’t yet picked up The Spider and the Fly, a picture...

A Fantastic Book on Choosing Happiness

A Fantastic Book on Choosing Happiness

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the importance of thinking positively as a writer. This book is a FANTASTIC resource for learning how to do that. If you're like me, and you have a natural bend toward negativity (which I suspect many writers have), I would recommend...

A Fantastic Book that will Break Your Heart and Mend It Again

A Fantastic Book that will Break Your Heart and Mend It Again

I recently read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon (adult literary), because I had read about it in a writing craft book, and I’m always a sucker for book recommendations. I was so glad I picked this one up. The Curious Incident is told...

Writing resources

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  • On Writing (general)
    • Wired for Story, by Lisa Cron
      Great book on the science of the brain and how to craft well-told stories that will appeal to the storytelling side of the brain. I got this book years ago but still pull it out every now and then to refresh my memory.
    • Steering the Craft, by Ursula Le Guin
      This one’s not so much a technique kind of book as it is a book reminding writers of their obligation to their readers. Some of her ideas are a bit old-fashioned, but most of them are still valuable today.
    • The Fire in Fiction, by Donald Maass
      Another great one on creating books that appeal to readers. Again, I always read these kinds with a grain of salt–because my goals are a bit different, but we all want readers, so I think we can always find value in the suggestions offered, even if we don’t become hardcore users of them.