For Writers

A good book is always on tap; it may be decanted and drunk a hundred times, and it is still there for further imbibement. ~Holbrook Jackson

Here you’ll find links to all things book related including helpful advice for writers, a list of my favorite publishers and sites that review all genres of erotic romance.

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Links for Writers

The hard part is getting to the top of page 1. – Tom Stoppard

Let’s say you’ve actually made it to the top of page one. What now?

Well, Sue Grafton says you should glue your butt to the chair and just write. I can’t offer better advice than that. But if you’re like me and you need a little more in the way of inspiration, check out some of these links that I’ve found especially helpful in my growth as a writer.

Plotting

With regard to plotting, I’ve heard that writers fall into two camps: the pantsers and the plotters. I’m a pantser through and through. I love the thrill of discovery, the excitement of flying into the mist and letting the characters take me where they will. But even the most devoted pantser needs some plotting help now and again.

Holly Lisle

Uses one of the best plotting techniques I’ve ever seen. It involves index cards and if you’re like me and have a lifelong love of office supplies this may be the method for you.

Synopses

Okay, I see you cringing. But don’t be scared. The synopsis doesn’t have to be the albatross around your neck.

Karen Harbaugh shows you how to craft the skeleton of your synopsis in her marvelous article The Index Card Method of Synopsis Writing. Yeah, I know, more index cards. What can I say?

For those of you who want a bit more detail, Lisa Gardner does an amazing online workshop on synopsis writing that you can find at the Rose City Romance Writers‘ web site.

Blurbs and Taglines

Suzanne McMinn teaches a fabulous workshop on writing tags and blurbs. I took her class in the spring and have been happily tagging and blurbing ever since.

You can find the meat of the workshop in articles on her website. But if you get the chance, take the class.

Here are a few other writers’ resources I think are especially helpful.

Charlotte’s Web is a site owned and maintained by Charlotte Dillon. If you can’t find the writing info you’re looking for on this site, chances are it doesn’t exist.

Gabrielle Luthy also has a site for writers that is quite comprehensive. You’ll find links here that are not specific to writing romance although Gabrielle is a romance writer.

Alicia Rasley is one of the best writing teachers I know. Her site has a ton of helpful articles on the craft. But be warned, you could spend hours there just soaking up all the great tips and advice. I know I have.

I’ll be adding more helpful links to this page in the future. But for now, enjoy your explorations and write well and often.