My Best Fiction Writing Resources
As a writer, I adore reading, and that extends to books on the craft of fiction writing. I’ve got an entire shelf of books I’ve amassed over the years. Today, I’d like to share with you more about the two I’ve found to be my best resources.
Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain If you follow my blog, you’ll know I refer to this book frequently. I serve as a judge for various writing contests each year, and I often refer to this book in my comments. Bar none, this is the best book I’ve found on the craft of writing.
Author Dwight Swain, in my opinion, essentially quantifies, to a degree, the process of this thing we call story. Gems like the significant detail, showing, not telling, to the concept of Motivation/Reaction units, are worth reading, re-reading, and reading again.
I attended the Romantic Times convention in Pittsburgh a number of years ago. In one of the workshops, science fiction and paranormal romance author Linnea Sinclair referred to the book and I bought a copy soon after. I remember her saying, numerous times, Swain says that ‘readers read to experience tension.’ He addresses this and a whole lot more. A must read. I now have it in Kindle format so I can search it if I’m on the go, on any of my devices.
Favorite quote: “So buckle down and forge yourself a kit of techniques out of the iron of your own copy.”
Favorite quote: [Writing] is “…like a deck of cards, and every writer shuffles it a little differently.”
Let me hear from you – what are the best fiction resources you’ve found?
Rebecca E. Neely is an author, freelance writer, lover of spoon rings, diners, the Steelers & great reads.