Wednesday, January 23, 2019

A Time For Learning...

New reading material of the fictional variety that I love so much is hard to come by right now. I think the universe is telling me to change my focus for a bit. I'm hoping my writing will be sparked as well. Those partially-finished books won't complete themselves...

In the interest of improving my craft, I'm switching gears and reading books related to storytelling. I've had a few on the ol' Kindle for a while and have just never gotten through them for whatever the reason was at the time.

First on the docket is Save The Cat by Blake Snyder. It's long been touted in the romance circles and after a speaker we had at my writers group gushed about how it changed her writing for the better, I finally (after over ten years in RWA) bought the damn book. I started it and then summer happened and I never got back to it. But I'm back to it now and even if it doesn't end up being the angels choir for my writing, there's bound to be a take-away or two.

I signed up for a class that I actually took years and years and years ago. I don't think I was ready for it back then. I'm hoping it'll also generate some much-needed sparks for the current works-in-progress.

Once I finish Save the Cat, I'll move on to K.M.Weiland's 5 Secrets of Story Structure. That's another book I began and never made much headway through.

BFF Jenn just bought and recommended yet another book: Story Engineering by Larry Brooks. I'm contemplating that one, but I have another K.M. Weiland book waiting on the Kindle as well as a handful of other random writing-related books. So maybe I ought to read the books I already have and see where that gets me before spending anymore cold hard cash.

That's what I'm up to...hope you're having a good week.

Catch you Friday. :0)

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