[Zetta’s Reference Desk] – How to Write a Mystery by Larry Beinhart

Although I have a few other books on how to write mystery, Beinhart’s book is the one I refer to the most. Continue reading [Zetta’s Reference Desk] – How to Write a Mystery by Larry Beinhart

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[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