Books on Writing Books 2

Here are the list of Books on writing books that I have added to my library so far…

Gotham Writer’s Workshop: Writing Fiction
The Write Brain – Bonnie Neubauer
Sin and Syntax –  Constance Hale
The Little Red Writing Book –  Brandon Royal
The Daily Writer – Fred White
Sparknotes: How to Write a Short Story
Spunk and Bite – Arthur Plotnik
The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing – Editors of Writer’s Digest

I’m a novice,  perhaps a journeyman at best, and I know in a previous post I stated that most books on writing books are a complete waste of time and paper, and most are, to be honest, my opinion on that hasn’t changed in the slightest. But that’s not to say I know everything there is to know about writing, or that I don’t seek out and or need help, because I don’t know everything and I do need help. I am but a mere Padawan Learner, a Jedi Apprentice with no Master to guide me. So, I’ve began an compulsive search to find fruitful and beneficial material that will help me grow and develop as a writer. and thus far these are the books I found informative enough to add to my Library of study.

To these books and the rules set within I have taken a Bruce Lee, Jeet Kune Do, styled of academic learning approach, meaning, I read through and “Absorb what is useful, disregard that which is useless.” Not one of these works, I feel could stand alone as the premier and essential guide to writing, but together, with a bit from this one and a thought from that one, I have found myself becoming a more confident and competent writer.

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My Ambitions as a Writer

Stay diligent. Stay focused. Do not succumb to self pity or doubt.

That nagging feeling in the back of your mind, the one that whispers to you “Give up.”
The one that so plainly points out the irrationality of your actions.
The one so adamant to convince you that, you are merely wasting time you do not have.
Ignore that. That is only your fear.

Your insincere Fear.

Your fear of Rejection, your fear of Disappointment, your fear of Failure, your fear of Success.

It is only your insincere fear.

It, by no means, truly believes a single thing that it has said.

So write on, write on, the chapter is almost finished, that paragraph almost done, that sentence is almost perfect.
Don’t stop! GO!

Go!
Move!
Grow!
Crawl!
Push!
Pull!
Beg!
Plead!
Pray!
Cry!
Laugh!
Love!

Live, and die… but do it all on that page.

And when you’re done… do it again.

Tell your story.

Someday at Christmas there’ll be no Modern Warfare 3

It’s December! Actually half-way through December and I haven’t made a single post until now. I’m so sorry, not only have I not been working on the blog, but I’m still on chapter 19 of my novel as well. <insert-sad-face>

To be honest with you all I’ve been distracted, and I’d really like to tell you that’s its been serious adult life issues that have been keeping me from my work, but it’s not.

It’s been that darn Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 3 [CODMW3], curse that delightfully addictive game. I’ve been playing almost non-stop since I got it, which is why is in less than 3 weeks I’m a level 77 Brigadier General in mulitplayer and well on my way to Prestige Mode! (Out of 3,468,992 players I’m ranked #135,514 In free-for-all combat!)< BOOyah!>

But I digress, after all, this isn’t a blog for gamer nerds (which I am) it’s a blog for writing nerds (which I also am). Aside from my unhealthy video game addiction I have also had some serious adult issues IRL (*irl = I.n R.eal L.ife) as well, but none that would stop me from writing, actually they are more inclined to make my writing better, but I’ll save that announcement till my next post. (Muhahahahahahaha!)

And now for something actually pertaining to my writing, I finally got one of my test readers to finish the first five chapters of my book…. and they loved it! They could name names, recall scenes and even repeat the story line exactly how I imagined it would be interpreted! It was a great feeling to know you’re on the right track and things are coming out on the page the same way you imagined them in your head.

It was an awesome feeling when my reader started trying to predict what was going to happen next and being able to actually see and hear the excitement they had about the story and the characters, it took everything I had not to spill all the beans and tell them how the story unfolds, but in the end I held it in.

But it definitely motivated me to write more and to keep getting better.

till next time,

Lefty

P.S. [DTRS] Clan forever!!!! HUAHH!