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When I first sat down to write a novel, I was blissfully ignorant of so many things. From where to put quotation marks and commas (truth, I still struggle with commas) to having an actual plot arc. I just sat and wrote and wrote and eight months later I had a completed book that would never see the light of day.
But that horrible, terrible, no good first effort did teach me something. It taught me that a) No, I am not a literary genius (and that’s okay) and b) I had a lot to learn about writing and story structure in general (still learning!).
Thus began many, many, many (many), many years of reading every book I could get my hands on about writing, scouring the interwebs for information, and attending conferences to get the advice of those who have gone before me. While I was on this quest for knowledge, I wrote about everything I learned, and those articles are now available in my Writer’s Guide, free everywhere e-books are sol.
I love story structure. I love watching movies and reading books and seeing how other writers do it. And if you clicked on this link because you are a writer, I hope you enjoy it too. Yes, writing is a creative endeavor but you can’t break the rules unless you know them first. Happy writing!
Useful Websites and Recommended Books on Writing
Write Your Novel From the Middle – James Scott Bell
Beginnings, Middles, Ends – Nancy Kress
Romancing the Beat – Gwen Hayes
7 Figure Fiction – T. Taylor
Save the Cat Writes a Novel – Jessica Brody
Story Genius and Wired for Story – Lisa Cron