[Zetta’s Reference Desk] – Writing the Paranormal Novel by Steven Harper

Not only does Harper give you the nitty gritty, his writing style is personable and pulls you along, encouraging you to continue—like any good book should. Throughout the book he offers exercises and checklists to help you apply what you’ve just read and organize your thoughts. Continue reading [Zetta’s Reference Desk] – Writing the Paranormal Novel by Steven Harper

[Zetta’s Reference Desk] – How to Write Erotic Fiction and Sex Scenes by Ashley Lister

Basically, Lister has condensed a writing course into a book that focuses on erotica and writing sex scenes using lots of illustrative examples written by several contemporary erotica authors. If you’re not able to attend his lectures in the UK, this is perhaps the next best thing. Continue reading [Zetta’s Reference Desk] – How to Write Erotic Fiction and Sex Scenes by Ashley Lister

[Zetta’s Reference Desk] – Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir

When I discovered Kephart’s book, anything she had to say about handling truth was welcomed. Perhaps I knew I was in good hands when I flipped to a page and read: “Memoir writers have no control over how their cast of characters – which is to say their mothers, their fathers, their siblings … will feel about what has taken residency on your page.” Continue reading [Zetta’s Reference Desk] – Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir

[Zetta’s Reference Desk] – Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft (9th ed.)

For me, the best writing books are practical. One of the most useful guides I’ve come across in recent years is Janet Burroway’s Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft. The book is currently in its ninth edition, so I’m not the only one who thinks Burroway is awesome. So what’s so great about her? Continue reading [Zetta’s Reference Desk] – Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft (9th ed.)

[Zetta’s Reference Desk] Rivet Your Readers With Deep Point of View

Here’s a few of the topics addressed: “Never Say He Thought/She Thought,” “Ditch Prepositional Tells” (e.g. – she licked her lips in expectation), “He Saw/She Saw—Let’s Get Off the See-Saw.” Sound provocative? Do you have problems in these areas or have beta readers or critique group members “ding” you for these things? Read this book. Continue reading [Zetta’s Reference Desk] Rivet Your Readers With Deep Point of View