Best Compilation for a Writer Yet–and More!

Happy Thursday, friends; summer is upon us and so are the Wimbledon’s Tennis Championships! (I’ve got A LOT of papers to file–an entire school year’s worth, lol.) Nothing like plopping the laptop onto my desk and following the matches and my fave players while I grind through the tedious job of sorting through notes, reports, etc. I’m planning to go paperless on the reports next year.

I’ve been having issues with getting those next few wips off the ground, so today, I decided to share some pretty awesome resources that have been helping me in the brainstorming and story structure departments. Hope some/all of these will be of some help to you too! 🙂

This compilation by Margo Berendsen was so awesome, it needed a ‘pointing to’ all its own. Packed with tips and reference articles on writing and especially revision, I may be combing through this over the course of the next few weeks!  Thanks Margo!

21 Ways to Make Your Plot More Compelling

  Plotting Simplified–Eddie Jones–the BEST $0.99 you’ll ever spend. (Read my thoughts on this packed little gem here.)

  Break Into Fiction: 11 Steps to Building a Story That Sells–Dianna Love and Mary Buckham. This one seems particularly geared to those who like compiling lists and character sketches at every imaginable level. You’ll gain excellent insight into characters and conflict, with examples from three very popular movies included for every checklist!

  Yesterday, I picked up Roz Morris’ Nail Your Novel; currently working my way through her thoughts and exercises for reviving and revising that first draft or even seeing one through. I’m liking her style and approach: formal exercises via a bit of an informal approach–feel more my style at this point.

I’d love to know if you’re familiar with these resources. If so, how have you utilized them in any way? Did you find them helpful? If so, how?

As always, I thank you for stopping in, and taking the time to SHARE, assuming you care to do so!

Have a wonderful day,


Plot Problems? Simplify!

Happy Friday, everyone. Spring is here and this girl is very happy. Not that my little part of the east coast had much of a winter, but I’m thrilled to see trees budding/flowering and crocuses and daffodils in full bloom. Yep, they’re early this year–what’s can I do but fully enjoy nature’s beauty while it makes my heart sing?

Came across a couple of great books recently: I’ll be sharing them over the course of the next few Fridays or Saturdays (just to keep y’all guessin’ ;))

For those (like myself) who have a hard time with getting all those story flashes to fall into place, a tiny little read—and best $0.99 spent on a book so far:

Eddie Jones Plotting Simplified: Story Structure Tips For The Break-Out Novelist (Writing With Excellence) (Kindle Edition)

Picked up this little jewel a week ago–yes, price was a swaying factor, as was the title: Plotting Simplified. This tiny write-up was exactly what this writer needed: a short, condensed version of how to put together a plot. Mr. Jones used excellent phrases that really spoke to me, giving me perspective and insight I didn’t have before. (i.e., He touted the inciting incidence as the ‘great disturbance’–never occurred to me the worst thing that could happen to story’s lead character could also be the best.)

I loved, too, that this book was SHORT. Took me about 90 concentrated minutes to read/take detailed notes from beginning to end. Now I feel prepared to fill in some blanks and work out plotting issues I’ve had with one particular story I need to finish a trilogy.

I held back on that fifth star for only one reason: I would have liked a little more detail for putting together Act III.

No Kindle, you say? No problem! Download the app to your computer just as I did! (All are free!) You can also download the the pertinent app to your I-Phone, I-Pad, android device–you know “there’s an app for that” too.  You’ll also have the option of reading your book in Kindle’s cloud–very cool. (Thumbs up.)

Looking forward to other how-to books by this author. Learn more about him at his website!

Here’s to a great weekend to all!