I have compiled a sort of a little help-guide for myself which I read every day before diving into writing. Then I thought, this would be cool to share with you, in case you were looking for a list like that. Or maybe you have a list of your own and could share it with me. I have pulled this from a ton of books I had read, so ask me questions if some of the terms sound unfamiliar. Depending on where you are in your writing career, you will either laugh at this (been there, done that) or feel like your brain is starting to smoke (I tried explaining this today to two non-writers who finally begged me to stop—it was like math, like programming, too complicated).Read More
Okay then, to the summary page (you can read Part 1 of this post here). After I'm done planning it all in the structure part, I move on to the summary part and start working my way through it from top to bottom, expanding from the title to the scene beat sheet, and filling it out. This time, because I don't have anything for Rosehead, I'll use TUBE as an example.
When you scan through this list, you will see abbreviations, and your eyes will probably cross from looking at them (I know mine did, when I got to looking at plotting terms used by other authors). Don't despair. What works for me might not work for you. Steal what you like, and get the rest elsewhere. There are as many ways to write a book as there are writers. I'm simply sharing with you what works for me NOW. Because a few years down the road this will change, and I'll be in some other place entirely.Read More
"What books have you read like Irkadura? I really loved it." — Katherine
Dear Katherine, I'm ecstatic that you loved it! Irkadura is not an easy book to love. People either love it to death, or can't read it at all. I have already sent you a list via email, but then I thought, "Wait a minute. This is a great list to share with my readers." So here you go, darlings. The books below are not exactly like Irkadura, and many have made a powerful impact on the world literature unlike Irkadura, which hardly compares, but they have the same kind of darkness and bite and directness and yearning, and I loved every one of them, so I'm sure you will too. There is no particular order to how I've listed them, I was just typing titles as they came to mind.Read More