Wednesday, August 4, 2021

The Insecure Writer's Support Group-August 2021

 


It's the first Wednesday of the month, and that means it's time for another meeting of The Insecure Writer's Support Group. Our leader Alex J. Cavanaugh has a great group of co-hosts for this month: PK Hrezo, Cathrina Constantine, PJ Colando, Kim Lajevardi, and Sandra Cox.

Be sure to check out the IWSG website for great writing resources!

The optional question for this month is: What is your favorite writing craft book? Think of a book that every time you read it you learn something or you are inspired to write or try the new technique. And why?

I've read a lot of great craft books over the years. If I find one I love, I keep it on my shelf and refer back to it often. The one I've been consulting the most as of late has been Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody. It takes the great advice from the original Save the Cat!, which is focused on screenwriting, and adapts it to novel writing.

This book looks a lot at various types of stories, story structure, and how structure helps to create a compelling narrative. It also breaks down many popular novels beat by beat, so it's easy to understand. I think this book has definitely helped me in my own writing.

What craft books do you love?

9 comments:

  1. Yes! That was my pick as well. Although I went with the first one.

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  2. Definitely on my TBR pile. My favorite at the moment is Story Genius.

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  3. I'm just learning about this version of Saves the Cat. Looks like one to check out.

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  4. Hi Laura,
    I have Save the Cat but have only read the first chapter so far, which doesn't mean I don't like it. I usually read the chapter that I need to learn the most from first and then sometime later the entire book.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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  5. I'm always editing, so mine is Chicago Manual of Style.

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    1. Oh, yeah. In my other hat as a journalist, Chicago Manual is invaluable. I don't own many writing resource books but I do own this one, despite its rather steep price.

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  6. So many people praise Save the Cat. I'm surprised I never read it. I have to rectify that. Already placed a hold on it at my library.

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  7. I've heard a lot about that book. Time to get a copy!

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  8. I didn't know she had written a Save the Cat book for novels.

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