|Yes, Ryan, I know. Old me was so funny!|
Once I'd written what I thought was the best story ever, I knew I had to edit it because poor Stefanie could only tell me the difference between "its" and "it's" so many times before her brain was going to explode. So, I researched how-to books. I'd like to share them with you today!
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne & Dave King
Oh boy, was this an eye opener! From chapter one, Show and Tell, to chapter three, Point of View, all the way to the last chapter on voice, I was blown away at how many mistakes I was making. This book stays in arm's reach for me at all times. If I could recommend one book on the craft of writing, this would be it.
Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks
I know this says "for Young Adults" but I really think this book gives great advance for writing for any audience. I can open this book to any page and find a great piece of writing advice every time. For example: *opens book to random page* "Every element of the story should have significance. It if does not advance the plot, it shouldn't be in the story." See what I mean?
It also has a chapter on finding an agent and a "Publishing Process at a Glance" list.
Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder
This book says it's for screenwriting, but it's another one of those that gives great advice for every type of fiction writer, I think. My editor originally suggested this book to me and I'm forever thankful that she did. Seeing as I am a huge movie buff, I could understand all the examples and references he used in the book. It discusses the importance of having the perfect title, which I don't see discussed that often personally. It also has a beat sheet and exercises at the end of every chapter!
So, there you go. Have any of you read these? Do you have any books you'd like to recommend on the craft of writing?