Friday, June 29, 2012

Reads to Master the Craft

"It is time," as Rafiki says in the Lion King movie.

Life has become such a maelstrom of chaos that I need to step back, refocus, and breath. I adore blogging with you all, so I won't be gone long or stay too far away. Throughout the month of July, I will pop in now-and-again to say HI. I will continue to write for Oasis for YA during this time, so I hope you pay visits to us over there. On July 17th, I will be participating in LM Preston's Flutter of Luv Blog Tour, plus I'll be announcing the winners of my Q&A with a YA giveaway! If you haven't already entered, please do for your chance to win 1 of 3 YA & 2 MG summer reads! And please keep spreading the word. <3

BUT...I can't just leave you empty handed, so I have a gift.


Back in April, during the A to Z Blogging Challenge, I spotlighted books on craft and technique, grammar, and conjuring up ideas. It was such a hit with readers that I decided to gather a list of Writerly Aids and make a place for them on my site. I have, however, created a widget in the past, listing just that. But that widget grew and became bulky. 

What I've decided to do is create a widget of Perfecting the Craft, which will hold links to specific posts of all sorts. I'm beginning with the following: 


Books on Writing: ~ Incredibly Insightful Books~
I've even added links to each so you can click and buy the books if you don't already own them. Whoot! 

Within the comments of my original post, many of you graciously suggested other reading material valuable to a writer's growth. So I've amended my original list, adding your suggestions. Thanks goes out to StinaE. ArroyoLisa Gail GreenHeather McCorkle, & Matt MacNish.

August will be the month I will probably be less visable. I know I mentioned an announcement is on its way--and it is a way grander announcement than I thought it'd be when it all began--but I can't spill just yet. These things take time, as I'm discovering. So I might just be breaking in with some news. Until then....

Hearts to you all. Have a fabulous and safe 4th of July and enjoy your summer!

32 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness sharing that list is awesome! Have a great vacation :-D

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  2. Thank you! and I'm looking forward to the announcement :)

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  3. Thanks for the list--it's absolutely invaluable! Have a great summer. Sounds like you'll be busy but make sure to enjoy yourself too! :D

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  4. Very nice!

    Shelly
    http://secondhandshoesnovel.blosgpot.com/

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  5. Enjoy your time away! It's important to know when to step away from things--even things you love.

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  6. Well you've got my favorites on the list, and a few more to check out. Have you seen the Plot Whisperer series online? http://plotwhisperer.blogspot.com/ That's one of my ALL TIME fav resources. I'm going to have to explore some of the others you've listed. Enjoy your break!

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    1. Crystal, I'll be checking this site out. Thanks bunches!

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  7. I love this list, and I'm going to link to it on my FB page. What wonderful resources! Some people buy shoes, some buy gourmet foods--I buy reference books, and some of these will be making their way to my shelves soon.

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    1. So awesome, Jan!! I'm glad it's so helpful. Got to love reference books. ;D

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  8. Thanks so much for the list, Sheri! Those are all ones I've heard about or did a sneak peek at during a trip to B&N. Definitely need to get up on more craft knowledge.

    I look forward to your announcement whenever it is time to share it :-)

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  9. SA that vocabulary book sounds great. Mine is OK, but I could always use more...ummm...assistance with...big...words that I say. ;) Great list.

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  10. I've got a bunch of these, but not all! What a great resource, thank you! (and thank you for your comment on my post today. I replied on my blog, but suffice it to say, write it down Sheri, if you can. Hugs.)

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  11. Have a nice break. I understand how overwhelming blogging and writing can be. I'm cutting back in July too, doing only what's necessary.

    Thanks for the list. They all sound good.

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  12. That is an awesome list! Thank you for that! Enjoy your time away. :)

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  13. You have some absolutely must reads on that list. Can't wait to hear your news and have a happy and safe 4th!!!

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  14. Okay, lady! You've got a great list of resources here. So grateful to you for doing this. I'm gonna share this.

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  15. Wonderful list of resources!

    Hope you enjoy your break. It's the summer - gotta enjoy it while it lasts.

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  16. Thanks for the great list. Love that you will be linking all the resource posts. Intriqued by your impending announcement as are others.

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    1. I'm so glad you like it! I plan to do more posts like this. ;D

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  17. I was hoping you weren't going to take a break this year but enjoy it. Like everyone else, I'm dying to hear your news. So excited for you whatever it is.

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    1. Psst...I emailed you a sneak peek at my news. I couldn't feel more blessed to have all of you...other then this news and having my children. ;D Thank you so much for your support.

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  18. Great list of craft books. I remember the original post. I can't wait to hear your news!

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  19. I can't wait to hear the good news Sheri! Have a great summer. ;)

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  20. Happy Independence day to you too! A break sounds like a fabulous idea. I hope you get a ton accomplished during yours.:)

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  21. Great list! I would add Writing Screenplays That Sell by Michael Hauge.it was as good as Save the Cat (maybe better!)

    Have a great break!

    Angela

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  22. Fantastic list of books you have there. Have a great time away and I look forward to your return.

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  23. Great list.....

    Have a productive break! My break is about to get productive...I had surprise company for just over a week and then off to the cabin for a week. (with no internet) Next week I plan to submit COMFORT IN THE CLOUDS.... cross you fingers for me. Don't forget I'm always here for you.

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  24. Super list. Take your time away and enjoy.

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  25. What a great "collection" of books on perfecting the craft! (I have ONE of them, haha!) Hope you're enjoying your time off :-)

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  26. Oh, you have a great break, my friend! I feel like I need to do the same again... but I just did that! Gah!!! These are great craft books, though. Save the Cat, and On Writing in particular.

    See you soon! ((hugs)) <3

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  27. Have a nice summer in between blogging!

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