Friday, June 19, 2009

What I'm Reading...

I have found Mary Buckham to be an incredible teacher and couldn't even begin to express how much I've learned from her. She teaches classes at two different website, the first is (there are multiple classes going on each month and every class I've taken from Writer U has been well worth it). She also teaches through her own website,

I picked up this book last week and am just now really getting into it. Since it's written for the unpubbed, as well as the pubbed author, some of the information is basic and a repeat of what I've already learned (it was great to see that I'm retaining what I'm learning!!). But some of it is new and the templates are fantastic!

Here's the Product Description (from

Getting a book published is hard enough—getting a novel published is doubly so! But a writer seeing his story on bookshelves everywhere is just a rewrite away with this book!

Written by two award-winning novelists, this workshop-in-a-book is all aspiring authors need to master the art of fiction—and see their novel in print. Based on their popular workshops, Mary Buckham and Dianna Love Snell have created a novel-writing system that anyone can follow. Their innovative method shows writers how to create stories of depth, excitement, and emotion with:

Easy-to-understand templates that guide the new writer through building a novel and show more experienced writers how to deepen a plot and take a first draft to the next level

Reference examples from a strongly-plotted popular genre films like suspense, classics, children, and romance

Simple worksheets to build a strong story one plot point at a time for any genre

Troubleshooting tips that reveal how to find and fix holes that weaken the plot

Insights from best-selling novelists representing a variety of fiction genres,

A bonus dialogue guide that reveals how to make a character come alive through conversation.

Inspiring authors shall struggle no more with the help of this step-by-step guide!

Have a great weekend!!
Peace and Love,


Liza said...

I'm reading Dead End Dating by Kimberly Kaye right now, but I have the ARC for Fade to Black by Leslie Parrish, so that is my next read. I hope to get started on it tonight.

Have a great weekend!

Alannah Lynne said...

I read the first 2 or 3, I can't remember, in the Dead End Dating Series. I think I saw where the next one in the series was out but I haven't gotten it yet.

Hope you enjoy it. And let me know what you think of Fade To Black. Silver left me feeling like maybe I couldn't handle it. LOL

I might get it and send it to my mom. She likes them more on the scary side - she read Karen Rose's Die For Me while she was here on vacation and didn't have to sleep with the lights on (like others said they had to do). She knows me better than anyone and could let me know if she thinks I could handle it or not. LOL

Have a great weekend!

Lu said...

I'm reading Dawnkeepers by Jessica Andersen, the 2nd in a trilogy about the Mayan calendar, and the fact that it ends in the year 2012. Uh oh!!! LOL I'm loving her world building, and how she doesn't dump pages and pages of info. She just tells the story and explains as she goes, but without author intrusion. Dang, I wish I knew how does that.

Have a fabulous weekend!