Hi, all! Jennifer here.
I talked a little about one-word goals last month. But this month I wanted to talk about some individual goals I have for the year.
Here within my critique group every year, we all post writing and personal things we’d like to accomplish.
One of mine was to improve my writing craft.
Even though I am a published author, I still feel as if I have only scratched the surface of what I know and where I want to be as a writer. So in conjunction with me attending conferences and taking online courses, I also made it a goal to read at least FOUR craft books this year as well. In fact, I’ve already picked them out and read one of them.
Here are the four I’ve chosen to Help Improve My Writing Craft this year:
Layer Your Novel: The Innovative Method for Plotting Your Scenes by C.S. Lakin
I liked this book. It gave loads of examples from various books on how authors build upon their plots.
Writing Deep Scenes: Plotting Your Story Through Action, Emotion, and Theme by Martha Alderson (Goodreads Author), Jordan E. Rosenfeld (Goodreads Author)
I just started this book. But I chose it because I heard good things about it and was interested in going “deeper” with my writing.
Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere)by Lisa Cron
Picked this beauty up because of a critique partner who was reading it. I’m about halfway through and so far I’ve been nodding and agreeing with everything that was said.
Characters and Viewpoint (Elements of Fiction Writing) by Orson Scott Card
I picked this one up because I was looking for something beyond plot. I wanted to work on my characters. I hear this author is a master on this subject so I’m looking forward to reading it.
Hopefully I’ll be able to read more than just 4, but I haven’t found any other craft books that interest me.
Maybe you have some suggestions of your own! If so, please let me know!
Jennifer Shirk is a USA Today bestselling sweet romance author for Montlake and Entangled Publishing who also happens to be a mom, pharmacist, Red Sox fan, P90x grad, and overall nice person. Check out her latest sweet romance: BARGAINING WITH THE BOSS.