[Zetta’s Reference Desk] – The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression can help you by giving you various emotions broken down into elements that you can pick and choose what you need. Continue reading [Zetta’s Reference Desk] – The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression

[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