Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with, well, the thoughts in my head are one LOL, but with the offerings available in the world. So many things I want to learn and do but couldn’t possibly live long enough to accomplish.
Another thing is all the resources available to writers. We check out the local library, scan shelves that offer maybe a book or two only, then don’t go back for that purpose for a long time and don’t see if they’ve upgraded and gotten better. The same with many bookstores. I’ve picked a favorite and ignored the rest for so long, then been blindsided with how much they’ve upgraded.
One of the resources I hadn’t tried in a long time is my writing chapter. And wow, it has some good stuff. I own all the requisites, Stephen King, Donald Maass, Dwight V. Swain and several others. Now I get to check out a few others I’ve seen around, or not, and haven’t thoroughly examined.
Much as I prefer to do this with a highlighter a page or five at a time, can’t do that with library books. C’est la vie!
The ones I am holding now are:
Blueprint for Writing: A Writer’s Guide to Creativity, Craft and Career by Rachel Friedman Ballon
Writing Alone and With Others by Pat Schneider
Writing the Second Act: Building Conflict and Tension in Your Film Script by Michael Halperin
Write. 10 Days to Overcome Writer’s Block. Period. by Karen E. Peterson, Ph.D.
Crumbs in the Keyboard: Stories From Courageous Women Who Juggle Life and Writing by many, many authors benefiting The Center for Women and Families
I miss my highlighter already.