March 5, 2013

Inquiring Minds Want to Know

Oh, my!  I found my list of "Inquiring Minds Want to Know" questions.  Where the heck was it last week???? Geez.  I'm so happy, now I don't have to think of a bunch of new questions.


I have a whole bookshelf full of writing craft books...most of them I have not read.  But I do not want to get rid of them.  Since I'm not a plotter, I probably should dump the plotting books, but when you look through them, you find something that will help you with your writing, plotter or panster!

So, here's this week's question:

What’s one of your favorite writing craft books?  Tell us about it.

Anna Kathryn Lanier

Never let your memories be greater than your dreams. ~Doug Ivester 


Caroline Clemmons said...

I'm so glad you went back to a western photo in your header. I loved "Where Tumbleweeds Hang Their Hats." The craft book I return to again and again is Deb Dixon's GOAL, MOTIVATION, CONFLICT. Yes, we all know these things. Sometimes I need a reminder to act as a good swift kick in the patootie. ☺

Anna Kathryn Lanier said...

Caroline, I have so many pictures that I wanted to switch them up, lol. I love Deb's book. I have it and also was in one of her workshops. Thanks for sharing.

Paty Jager said...

I have to agree with Caroline. Of all the craft books I have, I use GOAL, MOTIVATION, CONFLICT by Deb Dixon the most.

Now if you were asking about research books....I use more than one all the time!

Anna Kathryn Lanier said...

Paty, I figured I'd ask about research books later. So, get your list ready...

Lezli Horn said...

Hello All! Thanks to suggestions from various RWA chapters I tend to always go back to Heroes & Heroines Sixteen Master Archetypes and Frey's books, The Key, How to write a Damn Good Mystery or How to write a Damn Good Thriller. Probably the only reason why Dixon's GMC book isn't on my list is because I don't have a copy yet.

Tanya Hanson said...

I echo Caroline and Paty. GMC is a must-have.

Lovely blog pic.

Susan Macatee said...

Anna, I have a bookshelf of writing craft books I rarely look at anymore, but one book I pull out every time I start on a new project is 'First Draft in 30 Days' by Karen S. Wiesner.

The book goes step-by-step through the plotting process starting with the initial idea. I'll be pulling it out shortly, since I'm just about through editing my latest WIP.

AnneMarie Novark said...

I have shelves and shelves of craft books, too.

My newest favorite is:


Awesome, awesome stuff. It shows how to power plot your book, no matter whether you're a pantser or plotter.

Christina Carson said...

My favorite: "The Making of a Story" by Alice LaPlante. Well-reasoned, clear explanations along with outstanding examples from excellent writers as the author is an academic and exceedingly well read. The examples are most helpful.