Monday, December 27, 2010

How-To Books: What I'm Reading

Winter is officially here, and I am at leisure to catch up on my reading. Winter is a time for me to learn much more about the writing process. I've got three books I'm studying. A Step in the Write Direction by Donna Clark Goodrich, and Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell, and Louise DeSalvo's Writing as a Way of Healing. These books came at a great time, and I study them each day.

Donna's book has a chapter on writing devotionals, and I was reading it right when I received an opportunity to submit to a book anthology of devotionals. I am applying her tips as I write. Perfect timing, God's timing.

Bell's book is written just right for my simple thinking brain. I understand all of his suggestions and ideas. There are easy exercises at the end of each chapter (I know, I hate exercises, also, but these are fun). Where was he sixteen years ago when I began my writing journey? Trying out his wings, I'm sure.

Last but not least, DeSalvo's book has been an amazing eye opener. I sensed by prayer that I needed to keep writing after my son passed away. Little did I know my need to write mirrors what DeSalvo recommends as a journey of healing. She says everyone, writers and non writers alike need to take up a pen or a paint brush or a crochet needle and express their deep hurts for an audience of one.

Thought I'd pass along these great reads. I'm certain you won't be disappointed.

Until next time . . . read and write.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Google Alerts: A Fast Way To Research

I heard about Google Alerts several months ago. It is a fine way to have an agent or editors' information sent right to your inbox. All without having to spend hours researching.

I'm using Google Alerts for my agent search. I've set up a Google Alerts file that I add to whenever I receive new alerts. When I'm ready to further explore the agents that may take what I'm writing, I have the information at my fingertips. If I wanted to know when my name appears on the Internet, I can add that to Google Alerts. There is an edit option where you can stop a search if you wish.

To learn how to sign up, go to Google Alerts. It is a simple few steps, and you'll receive just what you asked.

Until next time . . .