Writer's Resources~As Good As Gold . . .
As a writer, I am continuously seeking opportunities to learn from the best. I've read & studied dozens of how-to books & magazine articles, taken classes, and reached out to other writers in an effort to take advantage of every opportunity to learn. I participate in writing groups, enter writing contests, and continue to write and submit book & magazine articles, as I advance and perfect my craft. In other words, I've utilized many different Resources as a writer and have discovered a few gems along the way.
Resource - n. source of help; an expedient; the ability to cope with a situation; a means of diversion; (pl) wealth; assets; raw materials.
- Story Engineering - Mastering The 6 Core Competencies of Successful Writing by Larry Brooks - My copy of this book is highlighted, written in, & tagged with notes throughout. It covers the core functions in engineering and designing your story and then takes it to the next level by teaching techniques to breathe life into it. Rich with examples, Story Engineering portrays story structure in a concise, step by step method that I found to be interesting, helpful, & easy to implement. I refer to it again & again.
- GMC - Goal, Motivation & Conflict - The Building Blocks of Good Fiction by Debra Dixon - I recently discovered this book after reading an article by another author recommending it (Many thanks, Nancy). Oh my goodness! What a gem! Using movies as examples, Dixon gets down to the nuts & bolts of a great story - the 3 things every story must have: Goal, Motivation, Conflict. GMC is simple, clear, & easy to understand with charts & examples for putting the information into practice. The light came on for me while reading this book. I consider myself a much richer writer for having discovered it.
- Stephen King On Writing - A Memoir of the Craft - I wasn't sure what to expect when I opened the cover of this book. All I can say is I found a wealth of information delivered in an entertaining manner from one of the best in the business. King delivers a lifetime of experience with pages filled with tips, hints, & life lessons. It's humorous, it's serious, it's emotional. I love this book & often find myself referring back to it.
How about you? Are you rich in writing resources? Are there some real gems sitting on your desk that you're willing to share with us? What do you consider your most valuable writing resource?