So I've stumbled across a fabulous set of books:
A few months ago, Anne Pfeffer, awesome CP, friend, and the author of Loving Emily (if you haven't read it, I highly suggest you do!!) asked for my address and said she was sending me *something*. A few days later, I got this book in the mail.
It's FABULOUS. Donald Maass talks about taking your novel to that next level, about taking what you already have and making it that much better. He goes into detail on tons of issues, like what makes strong characters and making sure your stakes are high enough. (Did someone just say steak?) Plot structures, theme, this books has soooo much awesome info! And I've also heard there's a workbook to go along with it, though I don't have the workbook, so I don't know how beneficial it is. This book is mega helpful!
Which leads to the one I just finished reading:
I have to say, I kind of liked this one better than Breakout Novel! For me and where my writing is now, TFIF just resonated and clicked, you know? Maass goes into detail on how to spiff up your scenes and work with each of them individually, how to make sure you have micro-tension constantly (that little thing that keeps readers HOOKED). He talks about protagonists vs. heroes, and how to amp up your secondary characters, how to use setting as a character (which I'm doing in my WIP). He touches on voice and fear and humor, and I'm just gobbling up this book!!!
I highly recommend them both!
What about you, are there any *how-to* books out there that have resonated with you and what your writing needs?
Adding Fire to Your Fiction
How-To Books Monday, March 26, 2012
I'm a mother, a Mormon and a musician, and I squee over all things pink and sparkly. I write books about doors that shouldn't be opened and enchanted tears that shouldn't be shed. I'm the proud wife of a farmer, and we live in a dinky Idaho farm town where the chances of getting stuck in tractor-induced traffic jams are highly likely. I believe anything can be made better with a good attitude and maybe a book packed away for those just-in-case times.