Sunday, November 22, 2009

Christmas Gifts for the Aspiring Writer

Okay, more like Christmas gifts for the aspiring romance writer.

Need a few ideas for someone who wants to be published in romance? Here ya go.

1) Goal, Motivation and Conflict by Debra Dixon

If they don't have this, they're lost. GMC is the cornerstone of a good book -- especially romance. I use it to develop my books. One of my critique partners goes one step further and uses it to develop each scene in her book.

2. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

This book is not only inspirational it has loads of spot-on advice.

3. 12-Point Guide to Writing Romance by Kate Walker

Although this book focuses on writing short contemporaries, much of the information applies to other genres as well.

4. A comfy chair. What better place to stir thoughts and write?

5. A year (or two) of patience. Writing is a tough business right now and breaking in can take some time. So don't set expectations, just take things as the come.

BKB :-)


  1. And more time and more time and more time...

    Okay, listen to the whining from the girl who has been trying her hand at writing for all of two years...

  2. And most of that time has been spent waiting . . .

    I don't know how you do it.

  3. More time to write and more patience for the waiting- isn't that what we all need?

  4. I have 1 & 3--but I could sure use a better #4!