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For many months in 2017-18 my dear friend and fabulous Pitch Wars co-mentor, M.K. England, and I hosted a live stream about books, writing, writers, and much more. Sadly tech troubles after one of us moved deep into a rural area has slowed us down a bit, but here are some old episodes. Hopefully we’ll be up and running again soon!


For General Brilliance and Insight on Character Creation

These are the absolute must-read craft posts that I go back to again and again (not a few of which are written by my friends.*grins*). Note: I’ve borrowed some of this with permission from M.K. England‘s list of resources for writers.

Plot and Structure
Characterization and Craft
  • Getting into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn from Actors by Brandilyn Collins

  • Deep Point of View by Marcy Kennedy

  • Cindy Baldwin’s series on writing description

  • How to Avoid Telling in Writing Fiction

  • Conquering Six Enemies of Deep POV

  • This sentence has five words — A super fast lesson on sentence variety and rhythm.

  • Writing Smooth Transitions

  • Show Don’t Tell series by Rebecca McLaughlin — She posts bad excerpts from her own writing and walks us through the revision.

Everything Resources
  • The Ultimate Collection of Resources for Writers on PublishingCrawl

  • Tools for Writers: Worksheets and more from the authors of The Emotion Thesaurus

  • The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults by Cheryl B. Klein

  • Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass (From DMLA Literary Agency. There are a million editions, so buy the most recent one. The workbook is great, too)

  • Understanding Show, Don’t Tell: And Really Getting It by Janice Hardy

  • GMC: Goal, Motivation, Conflict by Debra Dixon

  • Anything by K.M. Weiland

  • After the First Chapter blog series by Amanda Rawson Hill

  • Publishing Crawl (PubCrawl)

  • LiteratiCast (with agent Jennifer Laughran)

  • Print Run (with agents Laura Zats and Erik Hane)

  • Writing Excuses

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