Gonna make a plug here for a friend of mine, author Aaron Allston, who has just released a book on plotting (e-book only atm) called Plotting: A Novelist's Workout Guide
If you're a Star Wars or Terminator fan, you might have read some of his licensed books for those universes, but let me give you my personal plug. I have a BA in Creative Writing, so I've had a lot
of writing professors, and that experience made me completely quit writing for five years after I graduated college.
Fanfic got me back into it again, and I attended a few writing workshops at Origins Con by Aaron and fellow Star Wars author Mike Stackpole and LOVED them. I mean seriously LOVED them. I've been to many of them over the last few years, some of the sessions multiple times, and I never fail to learn something new that helps me greatly improve my writing. I learned more from Aaron than all of my college writing professors combined
I've also read this book and found it very helpful, especially for getting past being "stuck" and other plotting issues. And the best thing about Aaron is he's totally pro-fanfic and isn't a snob about published authors being "real" writers while fanfic writers aren't. Anyone who writes is a "real" writer. And his philosophy isn't that you have to do it HIS way, but rather he presents a series of tools he's found useful and encourages you to see which ones might work for your own individual toolbox. His style is fun to read and there are some exercises that you can do (or not).
So seriously, not recommending this to spam anyone or because he's my friend, but because I know I'm a better writer because of his help. You can check out his site
for info on this and other books he's written, or just go straight to the Amazon Kindle store
. Check it out if you love writing fiction and want to get better.This entry was originally posted at http://myaibou.dreamwidth.org/244701.html. Please comment there using OpenID.