It’s Writing Wednesday! I’m working to complete my first novel this year. No rookie experience would be complete without All of the newbie mistakes. I have the least amount of experience writing fiction so I’m trying to ramp up on knowledge while organizing the story and shaping the characters. What started as a simple story has become super complicated. Amateur mistake #1: I forgot the Keep It Simple rule.
I’m learning so much and I read a lot. I believe that the more you read, the better. But if I don’t get really disciplined this can become a case of ready, aim……ready….aim………….ready…. Argh—just fire, already!!!!!
Here’s what I’ve read so far in 2016:
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone (book 1), Days of Blood and Starlight (book 2) by Laini Taylor *There’s 1 more in this series but I haven’t read it—yet.
- The Darkest Minds Series: Darkest Minds, Book 1, Never Fade 2 and In the Afterlight 3
by Alexandra Bracken
- Half-Resurrection Blues: Bone Street Rumba, Book 1 by Daniel José Older
*He does his own audiobook narration. He has a great voice and it makes the whole story sound like spoken word poetry.
- The Raven Boys (book 1) and *currently* The Dream Thieves (book 2 Raven Cycle series) by Maggie Stiefvater
I’m only slightly embarrassed to admit that I’ve even re-read a few fictional stories in addition to this list in 2016. (but since they’re not new to me, I won’t include them)
- Write. Publish. Repeat. by Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt
- Art of Character by David Corbett
- Plot by Ansel Dibell (great info here!)
- Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire: 101 Luminaries Ponder Love, Death, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life (Super way to get a list of questions to further develop your characters)
- Successful Single Mom: Get Your Life Back by Honoree Corder
*previewed this for a friend
- *Currently* The War of Art by Steven Pressfield and Shawn Coyne
Syllable Soup by Sean Platt
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