Happy Wednesday from your Hump Day Word-Whore! I'm on a count-down to DRAGON CON and I'm giddy with excitement about the BEST CON EVAH!!!!
But I have to focus for just a bit and write a bad ass post for y'all about books about writing.
Now, I have made no secret of my favorite book on the topic. I've mentioned it here in the past. I've even got a handy-picture of it ready.
It's soooo cool, it even has a companion...I mean, a WORKBOOK.
It's Writing the Breakout Novel by the well-known NYC Literary Agent Donald Maass. And no, I'm not pimping this book just because it's written by my agent. It's an awesome book. He gives a marvelous workshop based on this book, founded on his vast experience as an agent.
Bottom line, it is absolutely, positively worth your time.
- Page 105: What Makes A Character Larger Than Life?
- Page 153: High Moments, Turning Corners, Killing Characters
- CHAPTER NINE: Advanced Plot Structures
It takes you through brainstorming a breakout premise. It ushers you through ways to raise the stakes. It pushes you to see more possibilities within your story than you originally knew was there.
It makes you wiser to your craft, and thereby more accountable for the quality you put on the page. And that is what the business is about, creating a product for the voracious readers in this world. If you want to write, if you want to sell, this book has the techniques and information you need to add to your mental arsenal as you write.
I refer to it so often that it's one book that stays on my desk--not the bookshelf.