I’ve had an interesting week, weighing through eight Daphne judge reports and making zillions of edits to tighten two of my manuscripts. Phew!
I go through every emotion listed in the dictionary and then some as I find stupid errors like typing “vice” when I meant “vise,” to deep down and dirty conflict issues that threaten to rip my plots apart.
The feedback is invaluable, and I am enjoying the process in a weird masochistic way. It’s kind of like ripping off a band-aid on an ugly wound– necessary, freeing, yet downright painful.
While I was swamped under piles of editing notes, I decided to create my own chart for writing resource books, a nice concrete kind of thing to do, like mowing the lawn– a useful therapy.
I’m writing it for myself to track where I’ve been like footprints in the landscape of the writing world, but I thought others might be interested in it, so I’m sharing.
The four headings on the chart are:
- Why? (as in why did I like it) and
- Favorite Quote(s)
When I tried to add the whole chart here, the words mashed together ( a Word not compatible with HTML thing) , so I’ve posted a separate page on my website to house it (just click the highlighted link).
My plan is to keep adding to it.
Here is the information on the first two books:
Save the Cat by Blake Snyder (2005, Sheridan books)
Why? – storyboarding, laws of writing, loglines
Favorite Quote: “…concentrate on writing one sentence. One line. [the logline] …if you can learn how to tell me ‘What is it?’ better, faster and with more creativity, you’ll keep me interested…by doing so before you start writing…you’ll make the story better, too.” p. 4
Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass (2009, Fraser Direct)
Why? – Breakout premise, Larger than life characters
Favorite Quote: “…a breakout novel rattles, confronts and illuminates.” p. 39 “Stories are the glue that holds together our fragile human enterprise.” p. 229
I love books suggestions. Do you have any favorites to recommend?