by Sparkle Abbey
about everything. On any given day you could ask to see our daily to do lists,
goal lists, grocery store lists, movies we want to see list, books we want to
read list, conferences we want to attend list, places we want to go list, home
improvement projects list, or a vacation/conference packing list (yes, that
really does exist). We love lists! It’s possible some might call us list
things, and at times is a way to relieve stress and get focused. Crossing items
off of our list is extremely satisfying. It’s a visual of what we’ve
accomplished. We’ve been known to jot down an item we’ve already accomplished just
to have the satisfaction of crossing it off.
are so many amazing books available that a writer’s education can never be
complete. We’re always learning ways to bring new insight and inspiration to
our craft. Even the most seasoned writers have their favorite, go-to reference
fellow writer starts talking about a new one they’ve just purchased. Could it
help us find new inspiration? Has
someone explained “scene and sequel” in a new and interesting way? Is there a
new plotting book that will help us develop a stronger and more intricate plot?
There are books for beginning writers, intermediate writers, and books for the
writer who’s been around the block a timer or two.
Motivation and Conflict by Debra Dixon
Bridge Books. But we read this book, breathed this book, and lived this book for
years before we began working professionally with Deb. Goal Motivation and Conflict (or GMC) will teach you how to tell a
clear story by using your characters goals, motivations, and conflicts.
of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain
in one setting. He explains the fundamentals of a good story, action and
reaction, and scene and sequel.
and Selling Your Mystery Novel by Hallie Ephron
Besides breaking down what a mystery is and its subgenres, you’ll learn how to
create three dimensional characters, effective plots, and strategic revision. If
you like worksheets, like we do, this book has them in spades.
- Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and
book is the one that w have found the most useful. The book helps you identify
what needs editing and revising, and covers everything from, show don’t tell,
voice, dialogue, and point of view along with hands on exercises.
by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life By Anne Lamott
own life. She will move you from laughter to tears as she talks about getting past that crappy
first draft, dealing with writer’s block, and finding inspiration in not only
by what’s around you, but by what’s
inside of you.
we would just start with these five.
making a list increase your anxiety? What about reference books, do you have a
favorite? If so please leave a comment and let us know which ones you
we don’t have it, we probably will add it to our list of books to buy next.
Abbey is the pseudonym of mystery authors Mary Lee Woods and
Anita Carter. They’ve chosen to use Sparkle Abbey as their pen name on this
series because they liked the idea of combining the names of their two rescue
pets – Sparkle (ML’s cat) and Abbey (Anita’s dog).
The authors co-write the best-sellingPampered Pets Mystery Series which focuses on the wacky world of precious pedigrees,
pampered pooches, and secrets in posh Laguna Beach, California. The main
characters and amateur sleuths are Texas cousins, Caro Lamont, a pet therapist,
and Melinda Langston, a pet boutique owner. The two would join forces and work
together if they were speaking, but they’re not. Midwest Book Review
calls the series “A sassy and fun mystery!”