Monday, April 25, 2011

A Must Have For Writers

I am deep into revisions for my YA novel, and it is undergoing a major rewrite right now. I am taking out a main character, which means that the last 100 pages have to be completely rewritten. Why am I doing this? Because I am the queen of tangents and I think this plot twist I added at the end may actually be a monster-type plot tangent that took on a life of it's own and overtook the last part of my book. I love it, but I am doing an experiment to see what would happen to the story if I took him out. We'll see. I did it with Meg's Melody, and I liked the result, so that's the version I turned into CFI, and we know how that turned out.

So while I'm doing this revision, I decided to pull out my trusty writing book, Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell. I love this book. It is seriously a must have. I borrowed it from a friend in my critique group about a year and a half ago when I was doing revisions for Meg's Melody and liked it so much that I had to get a copy for myself. Right now I'm evaluating my character arcs for my three main characters of my YA novel (which is undergoing a title revision, as well.)

I also love Ann Lamott's Bird by Bird and Orson Card's Character and Viewpoint. What other good writing books are  must haves?


  1. I'm so lame. I've read NONE of those. I know I need to, and they're all on my list. And let me add to that list, one that everyone seems to love. On Writing by Stephen King. I read that not because I thought I'd be a writer at the time, but I kinda wanted to be, and I grew up reading Stephen King.
    One of the main reasons I didn't start writing until I did was that Stephen King and a few others of similar genre were what I read. I didn't really want to put myself in the middle of that for writing...

  2. Love Bird for Bird. Love On Writing by Stephen King. I just ordered Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell. I've also heard Forest for the Trees is a great one. I blogged on this a week or two ago. We must be on the same wavelength.

  3. Hey Kaylee! It was so nice meeting you at Storymakers this weekend! I was the one who sat by you in Sarah Eden's class! :) Can't wait to read your book!! :D


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