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Writing craft:

Advanced Fiction Writing The website of Randy Ingermanson, novelist and co-author of Fiction Writing for Dummies, where he blogs on all matters related to fiction writing.
Faith in Fiction. The now inactive blog of Dave Long, editor at Bethany House. The archives still have much to offer on the topic of writing craft–check out “craft studies” and “hot topics.”
Forensics and Faith. Blog of suspense author Brandilyn Collins. Go to her category “craft and industry posts for discussion and instruction on writing craft.
Jeff Gerke’s tips for writers. The editor and founder of Marcher Lord Press shares tips for writers.

Agent blogs:

Where agents (both CBA and ABA) discuss matters of writing craft and the publishing industry.

Bookends, LLC
Books and Such Literary
Chip MacGregor
Kristen Nelson
KT literary
Nathan Bransford
Rachelle Gardner
Sarah Crowe

Editor blogs:

Where editors share the inside perspective on publishing and writing.

Barbara Scott (Abington Press)
Mick Silva (WaterBrook Press)
Nick Harrison (Harvest House)


Characters and Viewpoint – Orson Scott Card

Book description: Orson Scott Card presents practical, in-depth instruction on how fiction writers can make the best choices in creating characters and handling viewpoint. The author shows how to put original yet realistic people into fiction.

Description – Monica Wood

Book description: Description is most powerful when it’s visible, aural, tactile. Make your descriptions fresh and they’ll move your story forward, imbue your work with atmosphere, create that tang of feeling that editors cry for and readers crave. Monica Wood helps you squeeze the greatest flavor from the language. She segments description like an orange, separating its slices to let you sample each one.

Elements of Style – William Strunk and E.B. White

Book description: This classic reference is a must-have for any student or writer. In this brief handbook, Strunk identifies the principal requirements of proper American English style and concentrates on the most often violated rules of composition. Authoritative and engagingly written, this is simply the greatest book of its kind.

Fire in Fiction – Donald Maass

Book description: How do widely published authors keep their stories burning hot? Learn how to supercharge every story with deep conviction and, conversely, turn fiery passion into effective story. The Fire in the Fiction shows you not only how to write compelling stories filled with interesting settings and vivid characters, but how to do it over and over again. With examples drawn from current novels, this inspiring guide shows you how to infuse your writing with life.

First Draft in 30 Days – Karen Wiesner

Book description: First Draft in 30 Days provides you with a sure-fire system to reduce time-intensive rewrites and avoid writing detours. Award-winning author Karen S. Wiesner’s 30-day method shows you how to create an outline so detailed and complete that it actually doubles as your first draft. Flexible and customizable, this revolutionary system can be modified to fit any writer’s approach and style.

Getting into Character – Brandilyn Collins

Book description: Want to bring characters to life on the page as vividly as fine actors do on the stage or screen? Getting into Character will give you a whole new way of thinking about your writing. Drawing on the Method acting theory that theater professionals have used for decades, this in-depth guide explains seven characterization techniques and adapts them for the novelist’s use.

How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy – Orson Scott Card

Book description: Finally, Orson Scott Card’s Hugo award-winning classic on the art and craft of writing science fiction and fantasy is available in paperback! Card provides invaluable advice for every science fiction and fantasy writer interested in constructing stories about people, worlds and events that stretch the boundaries of the possible…and the magical.

Manuscript Makeover – Elizabeth Lyon

Book description:Professional editor and author Lyon offers aspiring novelists the guidance and instruction they need to write and edit well-crafted and compelling stories that will stand out from the competition and attract the attention of agents and publishers.

Plot and Structure – James Scott Bell

Book description: The second book in the Write Great Fiction series, Plot & Structure offers clear and concise information on creating a believable and engaging plot that readers can’t resist.

Self-editing for Fiction Writers – Renni Browne and Dave King

Book description: 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 edited.

Techniques of the Selling Writer – Dwight Swain

Book description: This book provides solid instruction for persons who want to write and sell fiction, not just to talk and study about it. It gives the background, insights, and specific procedures needed by all beginning writers. Here one can learn how to group words into copy that moves, movement into scenes, and scenes into stories; how to develop characters, how to revise and polish, and finally, how to sell the product.

Writing the Breakout Novel – Donald Maass

Book description: Using real-life case studies, the author shows novelists how to create a powerful and sweeping sense of time and place, develop larger-than-life characters, sustain a high degree of narrative tension, and explore universal themes that will interest a large audience of readers.

Classes and instruction:

American Christian Fiction Writers – monthly e-courses as part of membership
Margie Lawson – online classes, in-person workshops, and lecture packets

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