My first selection is written by the author of the Outlander Series, Diana Gabaldon. In this book, Diane walks the reader through the do’s and don’ts of writing a sex scene. I love her writing style, so I found her tips and examples very helpful.
Since my new series, The Lonely Spinsters Club, leans toward chick lit, I thought it would be a good idea to check out Cathy Yardley’s, Will Write for Shoes. This book covered the elements of chick lit and discussed plotting.
This book is excellent. I’ve read many books about plotting and story structure, but this one is my favorite. Before I read Romancing the Beat, I already had an outline I worked with. It was a hybrid I developed combining several popular methods. But, after reading this book, I’ve replaced most of my first outline with Gwen’s.
Even though Save the Cat is about writing screenplays, the knowledge contained within is also useful for writing novels of any genre. I especially found the tips on making a character more likable extremely valuable.
This workbook is a companion to K.M. Wieland’s Creating Character Arcs. Although I’ve read both, the workbook is an invaluable addition to my library. Creating Character Arc Workbook will take you step-by-step through the development of your characters using a flow of questions. Even if you think you’ve nailed character development (which I thought I had done), this book will elevate your cast to the next level.