One author's way of helping other authors.
Karma: If you do something good, something good will happen to you, and vice versa.
While connecting with other authors via social media, I have realized I am not always good at helping them in return. Part of it is because I'm not familiar with their work, so I am hesitant to tell other people to check it out. I've created this page to help give back to the authors who have helped me in various ways. Thank you, fellow writers!
Responses will be posted to my blog. Once posted, it is shared to Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Google+. If you include your email address, I will send you the link when it is available. You are encouraged to share the link via your own social media to help maximize exposure. Responses are posted in the order they are received. I will take special requests to coordinate with various events. Your patience and willingness to participate is much appreciated.
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20 Questions with Authors:
(For authors) Talk about yourself and your work(s) by filling out this web form interview.
the author interview questions.
the posted author interviews.
20 Questions with Characters:
(For authors) Interview one of your characters in order to show a unique perspective of your story.
the character interview questions.
the posted character interviews.
20 Questions with Readers:
(For readers) Share your reading habits with authors by filling out this web form interview.
the reader interview questions.
the posted reader interviews.
Three Page Reviews:
(For anyone) Provide your first impression of someone's story.
your first impression of someone's story.
the posted three page reviews.
Tools of the Trade:
Below is a list of writing books I've found most useful for developing my skills as an author:
The Anatomy of Story
by John Truby
A fantastic step-by-step guide for mastering the craft of storytelling.
The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes
(And How to Avoid Them) by Jack Bickham
It's exactly what the title says. A very useful book.
The 10% Solution
by Ken Rand
A self-editing guide for anyone who writes (stories, essays, technical manuals, etc.).
by Stephen King
Details the history of Stephen King becoming a professional author, how he recovered from his near fatal hit-and-run, and his writing tips.
The Bugaboo Review
by Sue Sommer
A reference book for all the word pairs writers commonly confuse.
Elements of Fiction Writing
Each book in this series targets a particular aspect of fiction writing: character development, dialog, scene, plot, etc.. Some are more informative and entertaining, while others are dry, textbooks, but each is very useful.