Writing Tips

Writing is a gift –I believe we are born with it. It’s up to you to nurture it, practice it, stubbornly stick with it and learn all you can to develop it. Only other writers really understand it, so seek them out when things get tough. The Internet has been the best thing that ever happened to writers –it gives us all a place to come together. Good luck to you!

Be sure to research any agent, publisher, or writing-related business before you jump in. (This is much easier since we gained the Internet!) There are a lot of people out there who will take advantage of a writer’s heartfelt dream to be published. Go cautiously; respect the time and hard work you’ve invested in your writing. It will be worth it in the long run.

Also see my article  “How to Write the Perfect Query Letter” on the Eclectics Writer Pages

Recommended BOOKS

On being a Writer/ Motivational Books:

Judith Cameron, THE ARTIST’S WAY
Natalie Goldberg, WRITING DOWN THE BONES
WILD MIND
Anne Lamott, BIRD BY BIRD
S. Shaughnessy, WALKING ON ALLIGATORS

Literary & Genre Traditons:

Joseph Campbell, THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES
Clarissa Pinkola Estes, WOMEN WHO RUN WITH THE WOLVES
Jayne Ann Krentz (ed.), DANGEROUS MEN, ADVENTUROUS WOMEN

Writing Technique/ Story Telling:

Diane Ackerman, THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE SENSES
Jack Bickham, SCENE AND STRUCTURE
Leonard Bishop, DARE TO BE A GREAT WRITER
Lawrence Block, WRITING THE NOVEL
TELLING LIES FOR FUN & PROFIT
R. Browne & D. King, SELF-EDITING FOR FICTION WRITERS
Orson Scott Card, CHARACTER AND VIEWPOINT
Debra Dixon, GOAL, MOTIVATION & CONFLICT
Gary Provost, MAKE EVERY WORD COUNT
BEYOND STYLE
(other titles, too –all his books are great!)
Linda Seger, CREATING UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTERS
MAKING A GOOD SCRIPT GREAT
Strunk & White, THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE
Dwight Swain, TECHNIQUES OF THE SELLING WRITER
CREATING CHARACTERS
(also other titles by him)
Christopher Vogler, THE WRITER’S JOURNEY

Recommended WRITER’S GROUPS

Romance Writers of America (RWA)
(National organization of romance writers, published and unpublished.)

Monthly magazine featuring marketing and technical articles, annual conference, regional & special interest chapters, contests & awards, support for published and unpublished writers.)
To join: contact RWA
Online: rwa.org  (membership forms available)
Phone: (832) 717-5200
Mail: 14615 Benfer Rd., Houston, TX 77069
Facebook: www.facebook.com/romancewriters

RWA chapters require additional membership fees (and you must already be a member of RWA), but they offer contests, workshops, critique groups, local meetings if geographical, and sometimes local conferences.

Some chapters are online! For examples:

Celtic Hearts Chapter: http://celtichearts.org

Beau Monde (Regency) Chapter: http://main.thebeaumonde.com/

Kiss of Death Chapter: www.rwamysterysuspense.org

FFP (Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal) Chapter: www.romance-ffp.com

Faith, Hope, and Love Chapter: www.faithhopelove-rwa.org