The following are some articles I've written for newsletters or speeches. I
hope they can be useful to those visitors who are aspiring authors as well.
Steps to Publication...and other fairy tales
of the Beginning Writer
Toward the Futuristic
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I didn't write these, but they're fun to read and so true.
It Is Said
English is Easy, but...
is Hard to Learn
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RECOMMENDED WRITING BOOKS
(click on any ISBN to order)
For an extensive list of Books on Writing,
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers
Renni Brown and Dave King
Copyright ©1993 HarperCollins
An excellent reference for catching those beginning mistakes.
Easy to follow with an assortment of cartoons to illustrate points. This book
helped me a lot.
Techniques of the Selling Writer
Dwight V. Swain
Copyright ©1965 University of Oklahoma Press
The writer's Bible. This book is loaded with information that
hasn't lost its applicability over time. Be sure to read this more than once as
it may be difficult for a new writer to understand, but the lights will go on
after you've learned a little more.
The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for
Storytellers and Screenwriters
Copyright ©1992 Michael Wiese, Productions
ISBN 0-941188-13-2 (Vol 1)
ISBN 0-941188-70-1 (Vol 2)
This book is based on Joseph Campbell's THE HERO WITH A
THOUSAND FACES, which describes not only the basic journey found in every
story ever told but lists the characters usually seen as well. A screenwriter
for Disney, Vogler not only makes this process clear and applicable, but
outlines well-known movies to show how it works--The Last of the Mohicans
and Death Becomes Her in Volume 1 and Star Wars and
Titantic in Volume 2.
GMC: Goal, Motivation and Conflict
Copyright ©1996 Gryphon Books for Writers
This is a must-have for every writer's library. Debra
outlines how knowing your character's goal, motivation and conflict leads to
fully developed characters and excellent plots. She uses Wizard of Oz
as an example. I use this process for every book I write.
Writing the Fiction Synopsis: A step by step
Copyright ©1998 Gryphon Books for Writers
Another necessary tool in the writer's toolbox, this book
explains how to approach those hard-to-write yet highly important synopses.
Pam outlines the process and provides excellent examples and worksheets to guide
a writer through it. Start with this book and you'll find synopses aren't
nearly as bad as you thought.
The Writer's Brainstorming Kit: Thinking in
Pam McCutcheon & Michael Waite
Copyright©2001 Gryphon Books for Writers
This book is great for getting out of a rut when plotting or
creating characters. It uses cards to help nudge your thoughts in a different
direction and soon you're on your way again. I wouldn't give up my set for
Please Understand Me: Character and
David Keirsey and Marilyn Bates
Copyright ©1978 Prometheus Nemesis Book Company
This book provides an excellent guide to understanding
characters and why they do the things they do. Since character and motivation
are the central ingredients for any good book, use this book to develop yours.
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