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          2K to 10K got me to write faster and overcome writer’s block. Rachel Aaron is too funny and is an award winning writer who taught me how to write fast and with passion!

            Techniques of the Selling Writer is the best book on writing you will find anywhere. Dwight Swain shows you how to write your fiction from Scene to Sequel and Motivation Unit to Reaction Unit. Top of my recommend list!

          Anne LaMotte is so encouraging to the writer within us all. This is a must read for early in your writing so that when the time comes that you want to through in the towel, you’ll remember Anne’s wise words, smile and keep on writing!

            Anything K.M. Weiland writes concerning Story is powerful. Make sure you watch her youtube videos — short snippets that are packed full of writerly knowledge.   

                “Give yourself permission to be bad. Write first, polish later…” James Scott Bell is a guru on writing and he is a good teacher. A must have book. Here’s my tip– read it before your first draft, you won’t make as many mistakes! 

              Seventy-seven two page chapters of pure writerly wisdom. James Scott Bell is direct and to the point – I call it the little powerful book on a good writing battle plan.  

             I bought the kindle book, took notes, then had to buy the paper back and highlight it! Donald Maass will show you step by step how to lift your novel out of the ranks of the ordinary and into the ream of the breakout novel! An intense book that will make you a better novelist  

          This is not a book on plot – it is  an amazing book on scene structure.  Jack Bickham gives many examples of scene what to do and what not to do. This is a very good read to follow Dwight Swain’s Techniques of a Selling Writer.                     

                     I bought this older 1990 version used and it opened my eyes to what narrative was, how dialogue should perform three functions, how to show tension (to keep your readers reading!) and much more. Gary Provost calls ‘words’ employees and he shows us how to put them to work!

WRITE AWAY covers the basics of craft (story telling). Everyone should read this book.  She specifically shows you the minute points of craft, illustrating many techniques– so helpful.   Elizabeth George says, “Lots of people want to have written but they don’t want to write,” and “so much of writing is just showing up.” Love it! Now, that’s truth.