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10 Day Blogger Challenge: Day Four ….Or Fourteen?

I feel as though I’ve probably broken some cardinal rules when it comes to blogging and the blogging challenges. Ergo- I’ve missed a few days/weeks on my blog, eek! As always, I will endeavor to slink back into place and carry on as though nothing happened, nothing at all- you saw nothing you hear? Well, if you’ve been following my blog then really you would have. Anyway, continuing…

Challenge four of the 10 day blogger challenge from Hunters Writing

Profile 3 to 5 top writing craft books

I’m not sure about five, but I can certainly manage three, I think – if not then there is probably a huge problem! Okay, definitely two, two sprang into mind straight away.

Booko numero uno:

The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers – Any writer that I meet, or generally just people that I meet and I happen to get into the conversation that I write, I’m bound to tell about this text.  If we’ve been friends for more than a few weeks, I’ve probably raved about it, at you – sorry. But it IS brilliant.  Joseph Campbell, in my mind is attributed for this idea that there are just seven main stories, or The Hero with a Thousand Faces.  (Note to self, profile this book second) But Vogler, I find to be excellent at clarifying the archetypal characters.  He names them all, and then explains their purpose. His explanation of how to structure a story really stuck in my mind. I had already written the majority of my first manuscript when I read Writer’s Journey but I found that it immediately sharpened my focus. I realised that things that had been niggling at the back of my mind, were really out of place and I was able to adjust the plot to make it more coherent and enjoyable for my reader.

Book Two:

For anyone interested in storytelling, structure or literature analysis, you’ve probably already heard of, or read Cambpell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces. I’m a bit rusty on this text, but I remember it being a gem! Well worth a read if you’re interested in why things work a certain way.

Book Three

Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft

This book was a set text for a creative writing module I did a few years ago. I studied the module in Canada along with a few others, however when I returned to the UK I had very limited funds and couldn’t either physically bring all of my belongings back with me, or b, afford to pay for postage to send them. It was a nightmare! In the end, I had to make some hard decisions and ended up selling over half of my school books back (the college had a handy buyback scheme). However, I was determined to keep Writing Fiction! And so I did, it was so satisfying to deliver it safely home. (I have a thing about books, it’s bad.)

Why was I so determined to keep the text? It has the most amazing examples of writing to inspire. It also has writing prompts and suggestions that I felt really helped me develop my characters. Having studied writing at University for a few years, I recognized in this book something I hadn’t found in others. I do really recommend it to anyone who wants something constructive to read.

(I also carried back my copy of the Watchmen – which I gave to my brother for Christmas and he LOVED)

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