Wednesday, June 07, 2006

"How to Write" Books

Dwight Swain's Techniques of the Selling Writer just arrived in the mail for me yesterday. At our last chapter meeting, a gal gave a presentation on Swain's "scene and sequel." I wanted to delve into the concept more and apply it to my current manuscript because let's face it - I want to sell.

What writing book have you found the most helpful?


  1. Kate Walker's 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance. Great exercises for character development.

  2. First Draft in 30 Days by Karen Wiesner :-)

  3. That's a book to read in small doses. Great information, but VERY dry. :)

  4. I definitely found First Draft in 30 days useful. Especially where I like to plan my book out first. It also really helps with the revision process too.

  5. I love Swain. Hard to read but brilliant insight.

    30 days to first draft. I have that from the library. Must give it a go :)

  6. Great book, but I agree it can be dry. There are, however, some good articles on line that summarize. Example:

    Another great book is Debra Dixon's GMC.

    There are many books/articles I find helpful. My problem is I spend too much time reading about writing and not enough time writing!


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