I firmly believe that continuing education is a key component to keeping a writing career moving forward. I strive to make each book I write better than the last, and these writing craft authors have helped me in that endeavor. This is a sampling of my favorites, once I reach for over and over again.
Creating Character Arcs: The Masterful Author's Guide to Uniting Story Structure, Plot, and Character Development. K.M Weiland. I have many of Kim’s books, all of them are excellent.
The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, 3rd Edition. Christopher Vogler. Chris is working on the 4th Edition, and will be including the role of Chakras in character motivation.
Memo From the Story Dept.: Secrets of Structure and Character. Christopher Vogler and David McKenna
Self-Editing For Fiction Writers. Renni Browne and Dave King (No relation!) This is a handy book to go through before you take that chapter to critique group.
The Fantasy Fiction Formula. Deborah Chester. Jim Butcher credits Deborah with making him the writer he always wanted to be.
Verbalize: Bring Stories to Life and Life to Stories. Damon Suede. Damon has a gift for delving into the heart of a character and using that heart to keep character motivations and actions true.
I generally attend 1-3 writing conferences a year. I volunteer with the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association (PNWA) every fall and I credit Pam Binder for encouraging me to pursue the writing craft in earnest. Their conference is a general conference that caters to authors of romance to memoir, children’s to YA. You can find out more about the PNWA and their mission to help writers here.
I attend the Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America (GSRWA) conference for genre specific sessions. In 2019, I will be attending my first National RWA conference in New York, on the heels of launching my debut novel.
Keep and eye out for future blog posts about writer’s conferences, the pros and cons of attendance, and how to get the most out of the conference experience.