If I was flying off to an exotic locale for a holiday with five minute notice, or if the world was coming to an end and I had a ticket on a space ship destined for a safer planet, or if the zombie apocalypse was knocking on my door, which three books on writing would I escape with?
One: Save the Cat!
It’s a brilliant book about screenwriting I use to construct my stories. Comprehensive and insightful it outlines how to create a story board for your plot and how to fill it wisely. And he makes you laugh all the way through the process. One of my favorite chapters is number Six, The immutable Laws of Screenplay Physics: Save the Cat, The Pope in the Pool, Double Mumbo Jumbo, Laying Pipe, Too Much Marzipan… Watch Out for That Glacier! and Covenant of the Arc. Each law is priceless. I definitely have to have that book in my lifefboat.
Two: The Complete Writer’s Guide to Heroes & Heroines
I love character driven plots and this book helps me keep my people real and interesting. It outlines sixteen master archetypes and talks about how they interact with each other. I never create a character that is all one archetype, but reading about them helps me. It definitely needs to be in my backpack.
Three: The Emotion Thesaurus
by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi
I like to add visceral details to a story so that the reader can feel and not just see what’s going on. But I need to vary it and sometimes my old-noggin just can’t seem to come up with a new physical response to a situation. That’s when I turn to this thesaurus. It’s not as near and dear to me as the first two, but it’s definitely worth making room for in my suitcase.
BTW – 2 items –
On Monday I’m visiting Vicki Batman’s blog and talking about my cat bag: (http://vickibatman.blogspot.com/2016/02/handbag-monday-romantic-suspense-author.html)
And . . . on sale this week: