Unearthing your Story This is for the plotters in the group. Pantsers, scroll down quick before you break out in hives.
For me, the discovery process is all about play.
I create a soundtrack to help me get to know my characters, to write a scene, and to jump immediately into the mood of the piece I am creating.
I also create a collage to help me visualize my characters, and to world build.
If you are looking to discover your story, I learned the discovery process from a wonderful teacher, Lani Diane Rich. http://storywonk.com/
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Some days writing comes easy and you can’t get the words down on paper fast enough, but for those other days a bit of inspiration can be a lifeboat for your creativity.
Craft/ Inspirational Books on Writing:
Elizabeth George-Write Away
Stephen King-On Writing
Noah Lukeman-The First Five Pages
Linda Seger-Making a Good Script Great
Christopher Vogler-The Writer’s Journey
David Bayles & Ted Orland-Art & Fear
Betsy Lerner-The Forest for the Trees
Anne Lamott-Bird by Bird
Natalie Goldberg-Writing Down the Bones
I love the unique slants that writers bring to their work and reading in and outside of the genre I write in. Below is a tiny sampling of the writers who inspire me.
Judy Blume http://judyblume.com
Patricia Briggs http://www.patriciabriggs.com/
Jim Butcher http://www.jim-butcher.com/
Stacy Verdick Case http://www.stacyverdickcase.com
Catherine Coulter http://www.catherinecoulter.com/
Jennifer Crusie http://www.jennycrusie.com
Mark Gatiss & Steven Moffat http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b018ttws/features/about
Neil Gaiman http://www.neilgaiman.com
Kim Harrison http://www.kimharrison.net
Stephen King http://stephenking.com/index.html
Barbara Kingsolver http://www.kingsolver.com/
Dean Koontz http://www.deankoontz.com/
Jayne Ann Krentz http://krentz-quick.com/
Anne Lamott http://barclayagency.com/lamott.html
Terry Pratchett http://www.terrypratchett.co.uk
Lani Diane Rich http://lanidianerich.com
Karen Robards http://karenrobards.com
Chuck Wendig http://terribleminds.com