Inspired by last week’s Finnrey Friday theme “video games” I drew jedistormpilot back at it again with the PS2 controllers -not everyone is good at every kind of game, but there’s always one genre everybody likes :)
Also, J-RPGs are great to be enjoyed together as interactive telenovelas, and as much fun as video games are, nothing beats an evening of parlour games with your friends
As I’ve talked about on my blog several times, an important part of
growing as a writer is learning about writing. For years I’ve wanted to
compile a list of writing books I’ve read, liked, and recommend. Today
I’m happy to say I now have that list to add to my blog (perfect timing
for anyone who likes summer reading). I’m sure over time, this list will
be added to.
Many writers I’ve talked to have read
quite a few of these books. How many have you read? And is there one I
need to look into? (You can comment at the bottom).
If you haven’t read any of them, cool. Now you have a list to chose from should you ever want to.
of books have been written on the art of writing. Here at last is a
book by two professional editors to teach writers the techniques of the
editing trade that turn promising manuscripts into published novels and
In this completely revised and updated second
edition, Renni Browne and Dave King teach you, the writer, how to apply
the editing techniques they have developed to your own work. Chapters on
dialogue, exposition, point of view, interior monologue, and other
techniques take you through the same processes an expert editor would go
through to perfect your manuscript. Each point is illustrated with
examples, many drawn from the hundreds of books Browne and King have
vast majority of writers begin the storytelling process with only a
partial understanding where to begin. Some labor their entire lives
without ever learning that successful stories are as dependent upon good
engineering as they are artistry. But the truth is, unless you are
master of the form, function and criteria of successful storytelling,
sitting down and pounding out a first draft without planning is an
ineffective way to begin.
Story Engineering starts with the
criteria and the architecture of storytelling, the engineering and
design of a story–and uses it as the basis for narrative. The greatest
potential of any story is found in the way six specific aspects of
storytelling combine and empower each other on the page. When rendered
artfully, they become a sum in excess of their parts.
author David Farland has taught dozens of writers who have gone on to
staggering literary success, including such #1 New York Times
Bestsellers as Brandon Mull (Fablehaven), Brandon Sanderson (Wheel of
Time), James Dashner (The Maze Runner) and Stephenie Meyer (Twilight).
this book, Dave teaches how to analyze an audience and outline a novel
so that it can appeal to a wide readership, giving it the potential to
become a bestseller. The secrets found in his unconventional approach
will help you understand why so many of his authors go on to prominence.
do you create a main character readers won’t forget? How do you write a
book in multiple-third-person point of view without confusing your
readers (or yourself)? How do you plant essential information about a
character’s past into a story?
Write Great Fiction: Characters,
Emotion & Viewpoint by award-winning author Nancy Kress answers all
of these questions and more! This accessible book is filled with
interactive exercises and valuable advice that teaches you how to:
Choose and execute the best point of view for your story Create three-dimensional and believable characters Develop your characters’ emotions Create realistic love, fight, and death scenes Use frustration to motivate your characters and drive your story.
road to rejection is paved with bad beginnings. Agents and editors
agree: Improper story beginnings are the single biggest barrier to
publication. Why? If a novel or short story has a bad beginning, then no
one will keep reading. It’s just that simple.
In Hooked, author
Les Edgerton draws on his experience as a successful fiction writer and
teacher to help you overcome the weak openings that lead to instant
rejection by showing you how to successfully use the ten core components
inherent to any great beginning.
Plus, you’ll discover exclusive
insider advice from agents and acquiring editors on what they look for
in a strong opening. With Hooked, you’ll have all the information you
need to craft a compelling beginning that lays the foundation for an