Finding The Story

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We’ve all heard the old chestnut about the guy who finds a pile of manure and starts digging through it frantically to find a pony. Because with that much manure, there must be a pony in there.

This is kind of like what writers do, only our work is inside our heads and somewhat less odoriferous.

It’s been a long time since I talked about this, but I remembered the day before yesterday when someone left a comment on my blog saying “I have this splendid idea, but I can’t write it.”  And what he/she (I honestly don’t remember, because I suck with names) related was not a story, but a concept.

You can’t write a story from a concept any more than you can ride a pile of manure.  A good story has a concept.  It might or might not have a message.  Mind you it can have a…

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How to Write Ideas into Fiction

Read to Write Stories

Aliette de Bodard's story, "Immersion" appeared in Issue 69 of Clarksworld Magazine. Aliette de Bodard’s story, “Immersion” appeared in Issue 69 of Clarkesworld and won the Nebula and Locus prizes for Best Short Story.

When I was in an undergraduate fiction workshop, my teacher told us not to worry about what our stories were about. Focus on the characters and plot, he said, and the rest will sort itself out. This is often good advice—but not always. Some stories are about ideas, and the issue becomes not how to momentarily forget those ideas but, instead, how to attach them to the characters and plot so that they read as story rather than apart from it.

One genre that consistently tackles big ideas is science fiction. And one of the most interesting new science fiction writers is Aliette de Bodard, whose story, “Immersion,” appeared in Clarkesworld and won or was nominated for pretty much every award possible: Nebula, Locus, and Hugo Awards for Best Short Story. You can read…

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For The Times They Are A’Changing

According To Hoyt

Blame this on the head cold I’m almost over (truly) and the mild fever that accompanied it.  Blame it on the change of weather, that had me getting up in the middle of the night to close windows that had, sudden and inexplicably, become openings to the arctic.

Blame it on my dad giving me all the books of legends of the region that he could gather on short notice.  Yes, I also got books on the history of the City of Porto and surroundings, but when it comes to Fantasy it is easiest to dip into the legends.  And these legends are full of changing times and changing circumstances, of the tumultuous succession of Romans and Swabians, Moors and Christian crusaders, absolutist and parliamentary monarchists, republicans, French invaders and British liberators.

Most of the legends are just that, legends, though I suspect a lot of what the guys writing…

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How to Make a Book Cover in GIMP

Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors

I’ve been discussing covers, and I am supposed to be posting the final part – “How to Make a Pesky Back Cover”, however, I’ve changed my mind. I had some questions on the wordpress blog, so I’ve decided to actually do some short tutorials on making the cover – using the three programs I mentioned: Paint brush, gimp, and Paint Shop Pro

We’re going to attempt to make the same basic cover in each program. Though, you’ll see that it won’t look identical, still, the idea is there.

Yesterday I showed you how to use Paint Brush to make an eBook cover, so today I am going to show you how to make the same cover in Gimp. Why are we doing it in multiple programs? Because, that way you can get an idea of the difference between them.

First, you may need to get GIMP. It’s a free program…

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My Collection of Books on Writing (Updated)

Here is a list of my books on writing and stuff. Green are the books I really like and found useful. Red ones, not so much.

Kindle ebooks

13 Ways to Get the Writing Done Faster: 2 Pro Writers Share Their Secrets by Linda Formichelli and Carol Tice (added 4-25-2013) $.99

1600 Words An Hour: How To Write Faster, Better & More Polished Books For Kindle Using The QC System by Jim Driver, Jack Davies (added 8-16-2014) $2.99

2014 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market by Rachel Randall

21 Websites That Pay You To Write by Jenny Kellett

25 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block: (While Improving Your Writing Skills) by Paul Carroll

27 Fiction Writing Blunders – And How Not To Make Them! by James Scott Bell

2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love by Rachel Aaron.

5,000 Words Per Hour: Write Faster, Write Smarter: Write Faster, Write Smarter by Chris Fox

5-Minute Marketing for Authors: Get More Sales for Your Books in Just 5 Minutes a Day by Barb Asselin

7 Minutes a Day to Mastering the Craft of Writing by Rob Bignell

77 Reasons Why Your Book Was Rejected by Mike Nappa

A Copyediting Checklist for Novelists by Denise Barker, Chad Barker

A Handbook For the Productive Writer: 33 Ways You Can Finish What You Started by Bryan Collins

A Novel Approach: (To Writing Your Best Book) by Jack Woodville London, Mindy Reed

A Novel Idea: Story Structure Tips for the Break-Out Novelist by Eddie Jones

A Step By Step Guide to Formatting Kindle Table of Contents by Victoria Sunsett

A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative

Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight, and Content by Mark Levy

Active Patience: A Simple Guide to Productive Writing by N.C Harley, Sydney Smith

Anti-Procrastination for Writers: The Writer’s Guide to Stop Procrastinating, Start Writing and Create a Daily Writing Ritual by Akash Karia

APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur–How to Publish a Book by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch (added 12-17-2013) $0

Audacious Creativity by Stephanie Gunning

Beginners guide – to setting up your writing career (was, ‘How to be a writer, or not!’): Direct discussion on SP, formatting, character building for beginners! by Ruth Watson-Morris (added 8-11-2014) $0

Believable Characters: Creating with Enneagrams by Laurie Schnebly

Beyond the Writing by Jennifer Malone Wright

Bit Literacy: Productivity in the Age of Information and E-Mail Overload by Mark Hurst

Book Architecture: How to Plot and Outline Without Using a Formula by Stuart Horwitz

Bootstrapping for Indies: Self-Publishing on a Budget (Book Creation, Book Marketing, Book Promotion for Less) by Simon Whistler

Building Your Book for Kindle by Kindle Direct Publishing

Captivate Your Readers: An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction by Jodie Renner

Checking on Culture: An Aid to Building Story Backgrounds by Lee Killough

Climbing Your Inner Mountain: Ten Steps to Reaching Any Goal by Robert S. Shumake

Conquering Writer’s Block and Summoning Inspiration: Learn to Nurture a Lifestyle of Creativity (Helping Writers Become Authors Book 5) by K.M. Weiland

Create A Character Clinic: A Step-By Step Course in Creating Deeper, Better Fictional People by Holly Lisle

Creating Character: Bringing Your Story To Life by William Bernhardt

Creating Characters: A Sure-Fire Method for Making Real People Out of Nothing at All by Jennifer Dahl

Creating Characters: How to Build Story People by Dwight V. Swain

Creative Thinking by Infinite Ideas

Creative Writing – From Think To Ink: Learn How To Unleash Your Creative Self and Discover Why You Don’t Need 1000 Writing Prompts To Blast Away Your Writer’s Block and Improve Your Writing Skills by Simeon Lindstrom

Creative Writing 101 – How To Get Started: by Bardicblogger (The Bardicblogger Collection) by Teri Montague

Creative Writing by Anon

Creativity STORM by Auden Sparks

Cutting the Passive Voice: How to Convert Passive Voice to Active Voice to Improve and Add Power to Your Writing (Getting Published Book 2) by Dianne E. Butts

Deconstructing Tolkien: A Fundamental Analysis of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by Jane Yolen and Edward J. McFadden III

Dictate Your Book: How To Write Your Book Faster, Better, and Smarter (Growth Hacking For Storytellers) by Monica Leonelle

Ditch the Publisher: 40 Indie Authors on Their Unique Self-Publishing Journeys by Russell Blake, Beth Orsoff, Michael J Sullivan, Lindsay Burouker, L.J. Sellers, David Jay Ramsden, Scott Nicholson, Hayley Sherman

DIY eBook Covers: Design Principles for Non-Designers (How to sell more books, 1) by Roz Marshall

Don’t Fear the Reaper: Why Every Author Needs an Editor by Blake Atwood

Emotion Amplifiers by Angela Ackerman, Becca Pugisi

Essays in the Art of Writing by Robert Louis Stevenson

Fiction Writer’s Workshop by Josip Novakovich

Fiction Writing Templates: 30 Tips to Create Your Own Fiction Book (Writing Templates, Fiction Writing, Kindle Publishing) by Brad Jones

Finish Your Book in Three Drafts: How to Write a Book, Revise a Book, and Complete a Book While You Still Love It by Stuart Horwitz, Dave Stebenne

Fire up Your Fiction: An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Stories by Jodie Renner

Fix Your Damn Book!: A Self-Editing Guide for Authors: How to Painlessly Self-Edit Your Novels & Stories by James Osiris Baldwin

FLOW by Ian Hollander (added 5-29-2014)

Four Seasons of Creative Writing: 1,000 Prompts to Stop Writer’s Block (Story Prompts for Journaling, Blogging and Beating Writer’s Block)  by Bryan Cohen

From Word to Kindle: Self Publishing Your Kindle Book with Microsoft Word, or Tips on Formatting Your Document So Your Ebook Won’t Look Terrible (Kindle Publishing 1) by Aaron Shepard

Fun to Write Novel Writing Action Kit by Donna Monday

Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets A Novelist Can Learn From Actors by Brandilyn Collins

Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type by Isabel Myers, Peter Myers

Gotta Read It! – Five Simple Steps to a Fiction Pitch That Sells by Libbie Hawker

Grammar for Fiction Writers (Busy Writer’s Guides Book 5) by Marcy Kennedy, Chris Saylor

Great Writing Guide: 30 Tips For Writing by James Coelho, Paulo Dashner

Holly Lisle’s Create A Culture Clinic (WORLDBUILDING SERIES Book 2) by Holly Lisle

Holly Lisle’s Create A Plot Clinic by Holly Lisle

Holly Lisle’s Create A World Clinic (WORLDBUILDING SERIES Book 3) by Holly Lisle

Holly Lisle’s How To Write Page-Turning Scenes by Holly Lisle

Hooked by Les Edgerton

HOW I SOLD 80,000 BOOKS: Book Marketing for Authors (Self Publishing through Amazon and Other Retailers) by Alinka Rutkowska

How NOT To Write Short Stories Seven Errors To Avoid (Essential Writers’ Guidebooks Book 2) byJohn Howard Reid

How to Analyze People Instantly: Completely Understand Why People do the Things They do and 17 Ways to Read Anybody by Jim Kilroy

How to Be a Writer and Earn a Living While You’re At it by De Novo Digital Media

How to Be a Writer: Building Your Creative Skills Through Practice and Play by Barbara Baig

How to Become a Freelance Writer by William Carter

How To Build Good Writing Habits by Zak Khan

HOW TO DEVELOP STORY TENSION: 13 Techniques plus the Five Minute Magic Trick Guaranteed to Keep Your Readers Turning Pages (Great Ways to Write Your Novel) by Amy Deardon

How To Diagnose Your Character: Using Psychology To Create and In-Depth Character by Joshua Hoyt

How to Edit A Book Fast And Easy: The editing, grammar, and punctuation system that works by Ian Stables

How to Keep Writing Your Book by Natasha House

How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent by Noah Lukeman

How to Make a Living as a Writer by James Scott Bell

How to Make a Living with Your Writing: Books, Blogging and More (Books for Writers Book 2) by Joanna Penn

How To Make Money Blogging by Bob Lotich

How to Speak and Write Correctly by Joseph Devlin

How to Start a Successful Blog in One Hour by Steve Scott

How to Tell a Story: The Secrets of Writing Captivating Tales by Gary Provost, Peter Rubie

How to Write a Fiction Novel in 30 Days or Less by Nicholas Black

How to Write a Great Query Letter: Insider Tips and Techniques for Success by Noah Lukeman

How to Write a New York Times Bestseller in Ten Easy Steps by Jason Mulgrew

How To Write A Novel In 6 Months: A published author’s guide to writing a 50,000-word book in 24 weeks by Thomas Emson

How To Write A Novel The Easy Way Using The Pulp Fiction Method To Write Better Novels by Jim Driver and Jack Davies

How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method (Advanced Fiction Writing Book 1) by Randy Ingermanson

How to Write a Novella in 24 Hours: And other questionable & possibly insane advice on creativity for writers by Andrew Mayne

How to Write Amazingly Hypnotic Copy to Sell Your Stuff Easily and Quickly by Curtis Burns

How to Write Dazzling Dialogue: The Fastest Way to Improve Any Manuscript by James Scott Bell

How to Write Great Blog Posts that Engage Readers by Steve Scott

How to Write Great Characters: The Key to Your Hero’s Growth and Transformation by David Wisehart

How To Write Irresistible Stories by David Ho, Rebecca Patrick-Howard, Victoria

How to Write More Words More Easily by Terrance Field

How to Write Realistic Characters: The Top Writer’s Toolkit for Novels and Screenplays (How to Write Realistic Fiction Book 1) by Jackson Dean Chase

How to Write Realistic Men: The New Psychology of Creating Credible Male Characters (How to Write Realistic Fiction Book 2) by Jackson Dean Chase

How to Write Short Stories in 6 Easy Steps by KS Tan

How To Write The Million Dollar Story: Complete Step-By-Step Guide To Story Structure & Writing Novels: Fastest Way To Master Plotting & The Art of Story by Jim Driver, Jack Davies

I Am A Writer – A Story About Finding Your Inner Author (“The Mentor Code” series – How To Be A Writer Book 1) by C.G. Cooper

It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences: A Writer’s Guide to Crafting Killer Sentences by June Casagrande

Journal Writing: 365 Creative Journal Writing Prompts – A Year Of Ideas, Quotes, Examples and Prompts To Improve Every Aspect Of Your Life (Journaling, Personal Development, Writing Skills) by Quinten Farrell

Let’s Get Digital: How to Self Publish, And Why You Should by David Gaughran

Lifelong Writing Habit: The Secret to Writing Every Day: Write Faster, Write Smarter by Chris Fox

Make Art Make Money: Lessons from Jim Henson on Fueling Your Creative Career by Elizabeth Hyde Stevens

Make Your Book Work Harder: How To Use Multiple Platforms To Make More Money (Writing Skills 3) by Nancy Hendrickson, Michelle Campbell-Scott

Making Real Money Writing and Publishing Erotica on Amazon: Works for other genres too!! by Ely Gold

MASTER LISTS FOR WRITERS: Thesauruses, Plots, Character Traits, Names, and More by Bryn Donovan

Mastering the Craft of Writing: How to Write With Clarity, Emphasis, and Style by Stephen Wilbers

Million Dollar Productivity by Kevin J. Anderson

Nail Your Novel by Roz Morris

NaNoWriMo: A Cheater’s Guide: Tips, Tricks and Hacks for Winning This November (Write Better Books Book 1) by Laura Roberts

Novelsmithing, The Structural Foundation of Plot, Character, and Narration by David Sheppard

Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K.M. Weiland

Perfecting Plot: Charting the Hero’s Journey by William Bernhardt

Please Understand Me II by David Kerisey

Plot versus Character by Jeff Gerke

Productivity for Writers: Twitter for Authors (AUTOMATED!) Make Money Writing, Save Time, Get Followers (Twitter, Social Media): Automate Twitter and gain … Guide to Twitter Marketing Book 1) by Nathan A. Goodman

Professional Plot Outline Mini-Course by Holly Lisle

Publish on Amazon Kindle with Kindle Direct Publishing by Kindle Direct Publishing

QUERY: Everything You Need to Get Started, Get Noticed, and Get Signed by C.J. Redwine

Questions That Easily Write Books by Ian Stables

Quit Talking, Start Writing! The Procrastinator’s Guide for Beginner Writers: 14 Simple Steps to Overcome Perfectionism and Procrastination: Writing Blueprint for Beginner Authors and Writers by K. Collins

Read Their Mind by Sandi Krakowski

Reader Magnets: Build Your Author Platform and Sell more Books on Kindle (Book Marketing for Authors 1) by Nick Stephenson

Revision and Self Editing for Publication: Techniques for Transforming Your First Draft into a Novel that Sells by James Scott Bell

Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson

Rock Your Plot: A Simple System for Plotting Your Novel by Cathy Yardley

Rock Your Revisions: A Simple System for Revising Your Novel by Cathy Yardley

Screenwriting Tricks For Authors (and Screenwriters!) by Alexandra Sokoloff (added

Secrets of Successful Writers by Darrel Pitt

Secrets of the World’s Bestselling Writer: The Storytelling Techniques of Erle Stanley Gardner by Francis L. Fugate, Roberta B. Fugate

Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success by Mark Coker

Self Publishing Books 101: Helping You Get Published and Noticed by Shelley Hitz

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print by Renni Browne and Dave King.

Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook: The Step-by-Step Guide to the Legal issues of Self-Publishing by Helen Sedwick

Self-Publishing Attack! The 5 Absolutely Unbreakable Laws for Creating Steady Income Publishing Your Own Books by James Scott Bell

Self-Publishing Steps To Successful Sales by Seumas Gallacher

She Sat He Stood: What Do Your Characters Do While They Talk? by Ginger Hanson

SHORT STORY: From FIRST Draft to FINAL Product by Michael Milton

Show & Tell in a Nutshell: Demonstrated Transitions from Telling to Showing by Jessica Bell

Show or Tell? A Powerful Lesson on a Crucial Writing Skill by James Thayer

Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wicked Good Prose by Constance Hale

Sizzling Style: Every Word Matters (Red Sneaker Writers Book Series 5) by William Bernhardt

Slow Your Prose: 25 Tips on How New Authors Can Improve Their Craft by James W. Lewis

Smashwords Book Marketing Guide by Mark Coker

Smashwords Style Guide – How to Format Your Ebook by Mark Coker

So, You Want to Write a Book – Simple Guidelines to Creating Your Publishable Book by Othniel Seiden

Spellbinding Sentences: A Writer’s Guide to Achieving Excellence and Captivating Readers by Barbara Baig

Sporadic – Read this and Crush your writer’s block! by Gregory Warshaw

Start writing fiction by The Open University

Story Alchemy: The Search for the Philosopher’s Stone of Storytelling (Author’s Craft Book 2) by David Sheppard and Richard Sheppard

Story Crisis, Story Climax 1: How to Use Film Structure to Plan Your Novel (Crisis Climax) by Stephen J. Carter

Story Structure to Die for by PJ Reese

Story Structure: The Key To Successful Fiction by William Bernhardt

Story Trumps Structure: How to Write Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules by Steven James, Donald Maass

Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee

Strong Verbs Strong Voice by Ann Everett

Structuring Your Novel Workbook: Hands-On Help for Building Strong and Successful Stories by K.M. Weiland

Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story by K.M Weiland

Super Structure: The Key to Unleashing the Power of Story by James Scott Bell

Tactical Storytelling: One writer’s method for finishing the first draft by C.Steven Manley

Take Off Your Pants!: Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing: Revised Edition by Libbie Hawker

Teatime with Mrs. Grammar Person by Barbara Venkataraman

Tell, Don’t Show! by James Lofquist

Telling Details, 2nd Edition by Kat Duncan

The 10 Minute Fiction Template Creator by Mr. X

The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction: Your Blueprint for Building a Strong Story by C.S. Lakin

The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes by Jack Bickham

The Adventure of Creation (Think Sideways Writers Anthology Book 1) by Holly Lisle

The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller by John Truby

The Art of Book Marketing: Increase Your Book Sales By 700% In 7 Days by Harshajyoti Das

The Art of Character by David Corbett

The Art of Writing a Story by Low Kay Hwa

The Audacity to be a Writer: 50 Inspiring Articles on Writing that Could Change Your Life by Bryan Hutchinson, Multiple Contributors

The Book on Writing by Paula LaRocque

THE BRIGHT BOOK IDEA: The string of book ideas that sell better than anything else (How to Write a Book and Sell It Series 1) by Ian Stables

The Busy Writer’s Book of Checklists by Marg McAlister

The Busy Writer’s One-Hour Character by Marg McAlister

The Busy Writer’s One-Hour Plot by Marg McAlister

The Busy Writer’s Self-Editing Toolbox by Marg McAlister

The Creative Writing Workbook Create and Develop the Writer Within by Susan Clayson

The Cunning Man: A Hippo Yeoman Anthology by John Yeoman

The Definitive Guide to Writing on Your Terms, Using Your Own, Honest-to-God, Gut-Wrenching… by Rebecca Tsaros Dickson

The Easy Way to Write Short Stories That Sell by Rob Parnell

The Elements of Writing (Originally Published as The Big Book of Writing and The Writing Code): The Complete How-To Guide to Writing, With 100 Short Case Studies and Hints from Masters in All Genres by Charles Euchner

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression by Becca Puglisi and Angela Ackerman

The Evil Indie Author: How I Made a Trillion Dollars On Kindle, Blah Blah Blah (How To Really Make A Living On Kindle) by Luis Samways

The Happy Writer: Your Secret Weapon Against Rejection, Dejection, Writer’s Block, And The Emotional Pitfalls Of The Writing Life by Writer’s Relief

The Heart and Craft of Writing Compelling Description by Sharon M. Lippincott

The Metaphysics of the Novel: The Inner Workings of a Novel and a Novelist by Don Pendleton, Linda Pendleton

The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Flaws by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Attributes by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

The Productive Author’s Guide to Dictation: Speak Your Way to Higher (and Healthier!) Word Counts (The Productive Author’s Guide to Writing Book 1) by Cindy Grigg

The Prolific Writer: How to Write Faster, Better, and More Easily than Ever Before by Ethan Miller

The Prolific Writer’s Toolbox: No Nonsense Tips For Writing Fast by Greg Scott and David Masters.

The Pulitzer Punch: Four Principles to Immediately Enhance Your Writing by John Allan

The Seven Moments in Storytelling – How to Use Conflict by Christian Blake

The Seven Moments in Storytelling – How to Use Discovery by Christian Blake

The Seven Moments in Storytelling – How to Use Reinforcement by Christian Blake

The Seven Moments in Storytelling That Really Matter by Christian Blake

The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know by Shawn Coyne, Steven Pressfield

The Technique of Fiction Writing by Robert Saunders Dowst

The Ultimate Fiction Thesaurus – A Writing Study by Sam Stone

The Ultimate Fiction Thesaurus II by Sam Stone

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, Shawn Coyne

The Writer’s Book of Inspiration: Quotes on Writing and the Literary Life by Stephanie Gunning

The Writer’s Process: Getting Your Brain in Gear by Anne Janzer

The Writer’s Tune-up Manual by Craig Hart

The Writing of the Short Story by Lewis Worthington Smith

Three Great Techniques for Plotting Your Novel or Screenplay

Tor/Forge Author Voices: Volume 1 by Kristin Sevick

Tor/Forge Author Voices: Volume 3 by Stacy Hague-Hill

VOICE: The Secret Power of Great Writing by James Scott Bell

Weekly Strategies for Writers: Tips on Writing, Editing, Publishing, Marketing & more by Linda A. Lavid

Word Painting Revised Edition: The Fine Art of Writing Descriptively by Rebecca McClanahan

Word Up! How to Write Powerful Sentences and Paragraphs by Marcia Riefer Johnston

World-Building by Stephen L. Gillett, Ben Bova

Write A F*$%’ing Book Already – How To Write a Book To Skyrocket Sales and Boost Your Career by Jim Kukral

Write A Novel And Get It Published: Teach Yourself (TY Creative Writing) by Nigel Watts

Write Better, Faster: How To Triple Your Writing Speed and Write More Every Day by Monica Leonelle

WRITE EVERY DAY: How to Write Faster, and Write More by Cathy Yardley

Write Fast: 21 Powerful Ways to Cut Your Writing Time in Half by Bryan Hufford

Write Your Novel From The Middle: A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers and Everyone in Between by James Scott Bell

Write your novel in a month by Jeff Gerke

Writer’s Doubt: The #1 Enemy of Writing (and What You Can Do About It) Bryan Hutchinson, Joe Bunting, Joan Faith Hutchinson

Writer’s Friend by M. D. Ainsley

Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy by Matthew Perry, Bonnie Wasson, Michael Knost

Writing : Novel Writing Mastery, Proven And Simple Techniques To Outline-, Structure- And Write A Successful Novel ! – novel writing, writing fiction, writing skills by S. Evans

Writing a Killer Thriller: An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction by Jodie Renner

Writing Active Hooks Book 1: Action, Emotion, Surprise and More by Mary Buckham

Writing Active Setting Book 1: Characterization and Sensory Detail by Mary Buckham

Writing Active Setting Book 2: Emotion, Conflict and Back Story by Mary Buckham

Writing Deep Point Of View: Professional Techniques for Fiction Authors (Writer’s Craft Book 13) by Rayne Hall

Writing Faster FTW by L.A. Witt, Lauren Gallagher

Writing Fiction For Dummies by Peter Economy and Randy Ingermanson

Writing Fiction: The Top 100 Best Strategies For Writing Fiction Stories (Fiction and Science Fiction Stories & Book Writing Guide) by Blaine Hart

Writing Fight Scenes: Professional Techniques for Fiction Authors (Writer’s Craft Book 1) by Rayne Hall

Writing Habit Mastery by S.J. Scott

Writing in Overdrive: Write Faster, Write Freely, Write Brilliantly by Jim Denney

Writing into the Dark: How to Write a Novel without an Outline (WMG Writer’s Guides Book 9) by Dean Wesley Smith

Writing Science Fiction (Aber Creative Writing Guides) by Lazette Gifford

Writing Short Stories to Promote Your Novels (Writer’s Craft Book 7) by Rayne Hall

Writing the Heart of Your Story: The Secret to Crafting an Unforgettable Novel (The Writer’s Toolbox Series) by
C. S. Lakin

Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark

Writing Vivid Settings: Professional Techniques for Fiction Authors (Writer’s Craft Book 10) by Rayne Hall

Writing With Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process by Peter Elbow

Your Voice Matters: How Your Words Can Make a Difference in the World by Ryan Johnston

Zbooks Ebook Cheat Sheet and Guide: A Beginner’s Guide to Publishing an Ebook (Zbooks Ebook Tutorials – Ebook Formatting Done Right! 1) by Eric Z

 Nook ebooks

250 Things You Should Know About Writing By Chuck Wendig

500 More Ways to Be A Better Writer by Chuck Wendig

500 Ways to Be A Better Writer by Chuck Wendig

Drawing on the Power of Resonance in Writing by David Farland

Elements of Fiction by Orson Scott Card

How to Write a Great Book by Tom Evans

Immediate Fiction by Jerry Cleaver

Keys to Great Writing by Stephen Wilbers

Let’s Write a Short Story by Joe Bunting

Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time by Jordan Rosenfeld

Million Dollar Outlines by David Farland

Modern Library Writer’s Workshop by Stephen Koch

Revenge of the Penmonkey by Chuck Wendig

Scrivener For Dummies by Gwen Hernandez

Sharp Writing: Building Better Writing Skills by Kaplan

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

Story Engineering by Larry Brooks

Story Starters: Mini Edition by Clifford Fryman

The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass

The Magic of Writing by Linda Falkner

The Storyteller’s Art: How Not to Bore Your Reader to Sleep, Tears, or Homicide by Francis W. Porretto

The Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain

Write Good or Die by Scott Nicholson

Write That Novel by David Farland

Writers Write by William Meikle

Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction by Brian Stableford

Writing Fiction For All Your Worth by James Scott Bell

Writing to be Understood by G. Allen Clark

You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins

Physical books

100 Ways to Improve Your Writing by Gary Provost

30 Steps to Becoming a Writer and Getting Published by Scott Edelstein

45 Master Characters by Victoria Lynn Schmidt

A Creative Writer’s Kit by Judy Reeves

Aspects of the Novel by E.M. Forster

Body Trauma: a writer’s guide to wounds and injury by David W. Page

Breathing LIFE Into Your Characters by Rachel Ballon

Building Believable Characters by Marc McCutcheon

Cause of Death: a writer’s guide to death, murder & forensic medicine by Keith D. Wilson

Chapter after Chapter by Heather Sellers

Character-Naming Sourcebook by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Hal Blythe and Charlie Sweet

Comedy Writing Secrets by Mel Helitzer and Mark Shatz

Elements of Fiction Writing: Conflict, Action & Suspense by William Noble

Elements of Fiction Writing: Description by Monica Wood

Elements of Fiction Writing: Plot by Ansen Dibell

Fiction Writer’s Brainstormer by James V. Smith Jr.

First Draft in 30 Days by Karen Wiesner

How to Write & Sell Your First Novel by Oscar Collier

How to Write a Damn Good Novel by James N. Frey

How to Write a Damn Good Novel II by James N. Frey

How To Write Science Fiction & Fantasy by Orson Scott Card

How to Write Short Stories by Arco Publishing

Malicious Intent: a writer’s guide to how murderers, robbers, rapists and other criminals think by Sean P. Mactire

No Plot? No Problem by Chris Baty

Novelist’s Boot Camp by Todd A. Stone

On Writing by Stephen King

Page after Page by Heather Sellers

Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell

Sometimes the Magic Works by Terry Brooks

Strunk and White The Elements of Style 3rd Edition

Strunk and White the Illustrated Edition

Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain (yes I have a ebook of this one as well. I thought I lost it and found it after I bought it again).

Telling Lies for Fun and Profit by Lawrence Block

The Art of Dramat!c Wr!t!ng by Lajos Egri

The Art of Fiction by John Gardner

The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition by University of Chicago Press Staff

The Classic Guide to Better Writing: Step-by-Step Techniques and Exercises to Write Simply, Clearly and Correctly by Flesch, Rudolf

The Craft of Writing Science Fiction That Sells by Ben Bova

The Describer’s Dictionary by David Grambs

The Hero With A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

The Key by James N. Frey

The Only Book on Grammar You’ll Ever Need by Susan Thurman

The Pen Commandments by Steven Frank

The Writer’s Complete Fantasy Reference by Writer’s Digest

The Writer’s Guide to Character Traits by Linda N. Edelstein, Ph.D

The Writer’s Guide to Fantasy Literature by Philip Martin

The Writer’s Partner by Martin Roth

What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter

Worlds of Wonder by David Gerrold

Write What You Want & Sell What You Write by Skip Press

Writer’s Digest Guide to Novel Writing

Writing The Novel by Lawrence Block

Writing the Wave by Elizabeth Ayres

You Can Write A Novel by James V. Smith Jr

Poor, starving and near homeless writers category

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Think You Couldn’t Possibly Lose Your Amazon Publishing Account? Think Again.

Sigh. I wonder if it was a mistake by shady borrowing ring thing designed to generate revenue, or a deliberate attack to trip Amazon’s system to destroy the author’s career?

The Active Voice

There’s this indie author I know a little bit from the Kboards.com forum. Her name is Pauline Creeden, and she’s an ordinary midlister, like so many of us. I remember PMing her some time ago and gushing about how particularly beautiful one of her book covers is — the one for Chronicles of Steele: Raven.collection Here, I’ll include an image. Gorgeous, eh?

Anyway, today I tuned in to Kboards and noticed that Pauline had started a thread. It contained what’s surely the worst news possible for an indie author: Amazon had closed her publishing account. All her ebooks had been taken off sale. Permanently. Here’s the email she got from Amazon:

We are reaching out to you because we have detected that borrows for your books are originating from systematically generated accounts. While we support the legitimate efforts of our publishers to promote their books, attempting to manipulate…

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