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As much as I like to read, I really haven’t read many books about writing. I like to read fiction itself, study the prose and emotion, and incorporate what I’ve learned into my own writing. It also means I get to call fiction ‘research’. 😉 It doesn’t get much better than that. Still, there are some books that I think every author ought to read.
Structuring Your Novel by K. M. Weiland
I was grinning from ear to ear by the time I was done with this book. First plot points, mid points, third plot points… Weiland explains just how the ups and downs of a story ought to flow and where exactly certain thing ought to happen. Even more exciting was realizing my story actually fit into this structure (for the most part) without me having to rework the whole things. Plot points are fairly instinctive, but that doesn’t mean one should ignore them. Knowing what they are, how they work, and where they belong helps a writer structure the story from one point to another. Beside, knowing that a scene is a plot point also makes one make the most of it. Plus this book has information about things such as scenes and sequels to scenes, inciting events, key events… It is a book every fiction author ought to read.
The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
Show don’t tell, right? So easy to say, so hard to do. Emotions are so easy to tell. Enter the Emotion Thesaurus. The book gives a list of body language, internal feelings, and reactions to dozens of emotions. I really ought to break it out more often, because I ended up picking a few pieces of body language to describe various feelings, and now I neglect to use other manners of showing. 😛
If you are having trouble with showing emotion, get this book. It is well worth it.
The Christian Imagination by Leland Ryken
This book I am still reading, but it is so worth it. Dealing with the philosophy behind Christian fiction, it refutes arguments such as ‘what is the worth of fiction when we ought to focus on spiritual things’ points out the importance of fiction, deals with the reality and importance of art… If you love logic, fiction, and writing, you will love this book.
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