February, March and April had me at the Lawson Writer's Academy, where I took Empowering Characters Emotions, Deep Editing, and Writing Body Language and Dialog Cues like a Psychologist. This morning I'm sitting in a quaint Eastern European Lodge in the mountains of Colorado after the first day of Margie Lawson's Masters Immersion Class. My brain is both fried and on fire. It's kind of awesome.
Yesterday I learned that the first page of my book, scratch that, the first sentence of my book does not hold the promise I want to give to my readers.
I've been playing it safe. Even after all the tips and tricks and excellent instruction I've gotten in the craft writing courses I've been hammering away at.
So I'm up at oh five hundred trying to rewrite my danged first chapter. Again.
Right now, a half hour into my rewrite my first line is: Fuck a duck.
What promise does that make to you, my lovely reader?
Well, writers wrestle with craft everyday. So I thought today I might share the Amazon Freebies on writing craft for you all to set your own brains on fire.
Remember to check the prices if you're not clicking on the same day as the post since lots of free books are no cost during a short promotion.
Click on the covers to go straight to Amazon to download.
Not to scare you or anything. This is not a horror book. Unless of course you are actually a writer. Actually out of all the books I'm listing today I've read this one and it is chock-a-block full of great little #pubtips. I copied my query letter right out of one of the posts. It's funny and sad, made me laugh and cry.
I give this one five stars and a definite one-click of you're and author of any sort of metal.
It's be great if this book is useful at all. I'm downloading it, but don't know if Tymber knows her stuff or not. We'll see, eh?
Hey, those editors of Writer's Digest have some great books (they also have some useless crappy books too.) I'm gonna try this one, it sounds promising (and it's normally $19.99)
Sound kinda like
Write Good or Die.
Hey, how much advice do you need
from those who've actually made it in this
really, really, really, really difficult business?
Why, yes. Yes, I do want to write a novel. Will you do it for me and then give me all the credit and measly royalties? Thanks.
Let me know in the comments section if you download any of these books and I'll tweet out the author-reader love!
Also, I've only read one of these so far, so if you download any and read 'em, stop back by and leave a comment on what you though about it.