For years, people in my classes at writers’ conferences have been asking me to write a book about writing. It is something I’ve always intended to do, but I never seemed to have the time to sit down and plan out an entire book about writing–after all, there are SO MANY writing books on the market. What could I possibly say that was different?
Then I realized that I DO have some unique methods, and they certainly work well for me. (Over 120 books in 30 years . . . something must be working right!) So I decided to sit down and write up my most-requested lesson, The Plot Skeleton. When I was done, I had a little booklet of about 30 pages.
And it occurred to me that perhaps this is exactly what people need. They don’t need another writing book–they need individual lessons in the areas where they’re having problems. Like a lesson on how to plot. A quick and easy way to develop deep characters. A lesson on point of view, to make things clear once and for all. A lesson on self-editing, or how to get the little weasel words out of a manuscript. A lesson on evoking emotion. A lesson on plans and process–how to find and make the time to get a book written, including how to write in layers by doing a succession of drafts.
These are the things my students seem to be most interested in, so if you’ve ever been one of them, here’s your answer. These little booklets are available on Amazon.com in print and ebook form, and I’m not finished yet. I’m working on the fourth booklet now, and have two more in mind. Meanwhile, if you have any topics you’d like to see covered, just let me know.
And let me say that most, if not all, of this material is coming straight out of my head as if I were standing in front of a classroom. It’s written in a clear and conversational style, and it’s almost like hearing me teach–except there’s no singing and dancing. 🙂
I don’t know how many volumes will be in the series, but I’m trying to write them in the order that you might need them. So check them out on Amazon, and if you’re trying to write a book, here’s a little helper!
You can see the books listed here.