Blog of Author J Lenni Dorner
The theme for the April A to Z Challenge 2016 on this blog is the
craft of fiction writing.
I have selected 26 writing reference books from my vast library. Each book has a title or an author’s name with the corresponding letter of the alphabet.
A roll of the dice selected a lesson from each book. The lessons are summarized and followed by my writing as an example.
It will be a month full of #WriteTips
Here are the books, authors, and lessons that will be covered:
A* The Art of War for Writers: Fiction Writing Strategies, Tactics, and Exercises by James Scott Bell @jamesscottbell
Lesson: Utilize the Q Factor as a strategic weapon for motivation at just the right time. (Q refers to the Bond character who gives James Bond his gadgets.)
C* Craft & Technique (Writer’s Little Instruction Book) by Paul Raymond Martin
Lesson: Test the story opening
D* Preparing to Write Settings That Feel Like Characters by J Lenni Dorner
Lesson: Using attributes of the setting to reveal story information.
E* The Writer’s Guide to Character Traits: Includes Profiles of Human Behaviors and Personality Types by Linda Edelstein @lindanedelstein
Lesson: Bossy Style personality traits
F* From Inspiration to Publication: How to Succeed as a Children’s Writer: Advice from 15 Award Winning Writers by Pamela Glass Kelly
Lesson: Pacing your book’s middle section
G* Getting Published in the 21st Century: Advice from a Literary Agent by Carly Watters @carlywatters
Lesson: 6 Tips to Make Your Query Stand Out
H* Writing the Heart of Your Story: The Secret to Crafting an Unforgettable Novel (The Writer’s Toolbox Series) by C. S. Lakin @CSLakin
Lesson: Create a list of ideas to make the protagonist’s problems bigger. Use them to add another layer of plotting.
I* The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond by Alex J. Cavanaugh, J. L. Campbell, Susan Gourley, Joylene Nowell Butler, L. Diane Wolfe, Lynda R. Young, Michelle Wallace @AlexJCavanaugh
Lesson: Juneta Key suggests using zodiac signs when creating characters. @JunetaKey
J* Write Great Fiction – Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell
Lesson: Ways to get plot ideas
K* Write Great Fiction – Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint by Nancy Kress @nancykress
Lesson: Changing Goals and Emotions
L* The Writer’s Lab: A Place to Experiment with Fiction by Sexton Burke
Lesson: Writing Prompt about a protagonist who fails
M* One-Pass Manuscript Revision: From First Draft to Last in One Cycle by Holly Lisle @hollylisle
Lesson: Weak Words
N* Novelsmithing, The Structural Foundation of Plot, Character, and Narration by David Sheppard @SheppardDavid
Lesson: Use characteristics of animals to describe a character.
O* How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card @orsonscottcard
Lesson: Beginnings of novels
P* Plot Your Book In A Month…With Scrivener by Stephanie Draven
Lesson: Outline the Journey of the Hero
Q* Write Away: Quick Guide to Character Flaws by Rose Fischer @RoseFblog
Lesson: Character Flaws
R* Around the Writer’s Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer’s Resistance by Rosanne Bane @RosanneBane
Lesson: Getting neurons together for a writing routine
S* Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
Lesson: Logline (Elevator Pitch)
T* HOW TO DEVELOP STORY TENSION: 13 Techniques plus the Five Minute Magic Trick Guaranteed to Keep Your Readers Turning Pages by Amy Deardon
Lesson: Events should make it worse
U* Point Of View: Understanding Which P.O.V. is Best for Your Story and Using it Effectively by Alfie Thompson
Lesson: Some rules for effective POV
V* Writing About Villains by Rayne Hall @RayneHall
Lesson: villain character traits
W* Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence by Lisa Cron @LisaCron
Lesson: What a story is.
X* X is 10 in Roman numerals!!!
Book: 10 Step Creative Writing Activity book: Command your Imagination by Tiffany Hilliard
Lesson: Idiom War writing prompt activity
Y* Writing for Young Adults by Sherry Garland
Lesson: Writing Series Fiction
Z* How To Build Good Writing Habits by Zak Khan @thezakkhan
Lesson: Regular Positive Criticism
— J Lenni Dorner (@JLenniDorner) February 29, 2016