Love It, Review It, Give It Away: Ursula K. Le Guin’s Steering the Craft and A Wizard of Earthsea

It's time again for my monthly giveaway and review. This month is a little different--and more nostalgic--as I'm offering the winner a choice between two books. To find out how to enter for a chance to win a copy of Ursula K. Le Guin's Steering the Craft: A 21st-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of … Continue reading Love It, Review It, Give It Away: Ursula K. Le Guin’s Steering the Craft and A Wizard of Earthsea

Advertisements

Love It, Review It, Give It Away: The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass

It's time again for my monthly giveaway and review. To find out how to enter for a chance to win a copy of Donald Maass's The Emotional Craft of Fiction, check out the giveway rules here. The contest ends August Monday 6 at 11:59pm EDT. Review in a nutshell: A excellent book that explores the emotional … Continue reading Love It, Review It, Give It Away: The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass

Writer’s Blog Roundup (June, 2018)

Here are my five favorite posts from the last month: 1 . Art's Highest Purpose: to Complicate Our Feelings by Peter Selgin url: https://www.janefriedman.com/arts-highest-purpose/ I thought this was interesting. For me, evoking emotion is a hallmark of great writing, but I like the idea of creating a dissonance within the reader's personal reaction. 2. How … Continue reading Writer’s Blog Roundup (June, 2018)

Writer’s Blog Round-Up

Here are my five favorite writing posts from the last two weeks (in no particular order): Flog a Pro: would you pay to turn the first page of this bestseller? By Ray Rhamey http://writerunboxed.com/2018/03/16/flog-a-pro-would-you-pay-to-turn-the-first-page-of-this-bestseller-29/ How Authors Can Build an Indie Empire--How You Release Books Matters By Traci Tyne Hilton http://thewriteconversation.blogspot.ca/2018/03/how-authors-can-build-indie-empirehow.html Why Patience Is A Virtue: … Continue reading Writer’s Blog Round-Up

Writing Resource: Review of David Farland’s My Story Doctor

I don’t have a master’s degree in creative writing. Having already finished a Ph. D, I know that a degree is not a guarantee of competency or of the quality of instruction received. There is nothing a degree can teach you that cannot be learned on your own. The value in courses is not merely … Continue reading Writing Resource: Review of David Farland’s My Story Doctor

7 Reasons Why Being a Dungeon Master is Good Practice for Writing a Novel

Both my children have requested that I start dungeons and dragons groups for them and their friends this fall. While I’ve relied on customizing pre-made content for them in the past, I’ve started to use all original stuff for this year. In the process, I’ve founded it to be very beneficial to my writing. Here … Continue reading 7 Reasons Why Being a Dungeon Master is Good Practice for Writing a Novel

Writing Essentials: Structuring and Outlining Your Novel by Kim Weiland

I’ve often wondered why high school English teachers seemed more concerned with teaching students iambic pentameter rather than the basics of actual story structure. As a teenager, when I’d try to write my own books, I’d wonder why the beginning would seem solid, but the story would end up meandering and soon become boring. When … Continue reading Writing Essentials: Structuring and Outlining Your Novel by Kim Weiland