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    Gabrielle
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    Hey Keepers! (Yes, I’m still old school like that)

    Since I’m not in school at the moment, I want to get ahold of as many writing books as possible to continue my education in that area. I know anything from K.M.Weiland is good and have a few other books in mind, but I wanted to know what you guys think. What are your favorite books on fiction writing? What about your favorite books on marketing for the fiction writer?

    Many thanks!

    Oh, and side note: Has anyone read Beginning’s, Middles, and Ends by Nancy Kress, and what did they think of it? It’s one of the books I’m considering buying.

    Tagging: @kate-flournoy @sierra-r @brandon-miller @aratrea @dragon-snapper @daeus @hope @ethryndal @that_writer_girl_99 @mark-kamibaya @anyone else who feels compelled to answer

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    Here be dragons.

    #57990

    Daeus
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    @winter-rose The KP resource library has a list of good writing books I would check out.

    As for marketing books, I’d recommend Your First 10,000 Readers and The Book Launch Blueprint by Tim Grahl. I think those are probably the most solid marketing books I’ve read. I remember How To Market A Book by Joanna Pen having some good ideas too. You may also want to look at some podcasts if you have the time for those.

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    #57996

    Brandon Miller
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    My absolute favorite is “Go Teen Writers” by Jill Williamson and Stephanie Morrill.Β  Right now I’m reading “The Art of War for Writers” and I think I like it.Β  Jeff Gerke’s “Writing Christian Fiction” was pretty grand, so I assume the rest of his are great as well.Β  (I’ve only heard good things.)

    If you’re worldbuilding, “Storyworld First” is a must, but it’s more of a workbook, so bring a pencil.

    #58028

    Ethryndal
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    @winter-rose The Character and Emotion Thesauruses by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are some of my favorite books ever, but they’re not really “writing” books in the traditional sense of the word. Everything else I’ve read is K.M. Weiland.

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    #58077

    Brianna Storm Hilvety
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    @winter-rose I highly recommend all the books in C.S. Lakin’s Writer’s Toolbox series, as well as The Irresistible NovelΒ and The Art and Craft of Writing Christian Fiction by Jeff Gerke, everything by K.M. Weiland, and The Christian Imagination by Leland Ryken.

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    Gabrielle
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    Thanks guys! You’ve given me a lot to look at.

    @daeus Sweet! I checked the list out and it looks like there are some great books on there.Β  Thanks for the suggestions. Joanna Pen, she sounds familiar…

    @brandon-miller Ah, Jill Williamson. I like her. I’ll have to check those out. StoryWorld First sounds like it would be good for me. I get so disorganized when it comes to world building.

    @ethryndal I have the Emotion thesaurus, though I haven’t yet purchased the other ones. I may have to splurge on them. πŸ˜€ Do you have a favorite?

    @theliterarycrusader I will look into those. I actually read a bit of The Christian Imagination for a Comp class and loved it. It’s good to know I’m on the right track. Perhaps that book needs a reread.

     

    Here be dragons.

    #58468

    NotAWriter
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    @winter-rose

    Have you ever heard of
    The positive Trait thesaurus:A Writers Guide to Character attributes. By Angela Ackerman? Its really cool!
    She also has a negative trait one, an emotion one, an urban setting one.. and a few more I think πŸ™‚
    My sister @introvert_girl has the negative trait one, the positive trait one, and the emotion one and they are all really cool! I love how they are set up.

    and I was so confused

    #58469

    NotAWriter
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    oh! Ethrydal already mentioned it! (Beat me too it haha.)

    and I was so confused

    #58555

    Gabrielle
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    @notawriter Haha that’s ok, thanks anyway! It’s nice to know so many people recommend it. πŸ™‚

    Here be dragons.

    #58589

    Aislinn Mollisong
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    Writing books? What are these things you Keepers speak of? *Is not completely joking* Who needs books when ya got Kingdom Pen!?

    Signed, Aislinn of Aethasia.
    *salute*

    #58605

    Gabrielle
    @winter-rose
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    @aislinn-mollisong Kingdom Pen is fantastic, but it’s helpful to immerse yourself into learning about storytelling in the form of a book, where the ideas are more connected (instead of taught in short articles) and in detail. πŸ™‚Β  If you love learning about the different aspects of storytelling you’ll love writing books πŸ™‚

    Here be dragons.

    #58716

    Ethryndal
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    @winter-rose Well, the Emotions Thesaurus is my favorite, but you already have it so kudos to you. Positive Traits one is pretty awesome as well, particularly for developing the nitty-gritty details of a character.

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