Wednesday, January 05, 2011

#WW - Start the Year off "Write"

WINNER! Jill Kemerer - please e-mail me your deets so I can put your book in the mail!


Here it is - the inaugural #WW post on the blog. Next week I'm going to discuss a particular aspect in detail, but I wanted to kick off the new year with something a little special. Something that will keep you going when you are excited about the beginning of your novel, slogging through the middle, rushing towards the end, and chewing your nails waiting for a response on your submission. It's something that's kept me going time and again and so when new romance writers ask me what my favourite book on writing is, this is usually my top answer.

It's Kate Walker's 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance.

The 12 Point Guide is in its third printing and the publishers have graciously provided me with a copy to give away today. Each edition is updated to keep up with marketing trends and there is advice from not only Kate but other romance authors. Each section focuses on a different aspect of the story: Emotion, Conflict, Focus, Dialogue, Characterisation, Plotting, etc. and each section ends with 12 Questions and also writing exercises! It's really an invaluable resource. I'm a pantser, but I always do character work to begin my story and Kate's Characterisation Worksheet is still what I use to give me a rounded picture of my character. Maybe their favourite food doesn't seem relevant, but if you can tie WHY they like that food it is amazing what a small detail can reveal about character! That worksheet sparks ideas like nobody's business.  And that's just 2 pages...the book is chock-a-block full of good stuff. Just thumbing through it today had me wanting to re-read my copy!

The #WW column is meant to help you on your writing journey this year. I wish I could give you all copies but I only have 1 to give away. Getting a hold of a copy of the 12 Point Guide isn't a bad way to kick off your year, whether you're starting a new story, in the throes of the middle or even finished the first draft and in the editing phase.

I'll pick from the comments today and announce the winner tomorrow. Good luck!


  1. I've already got a well-read copy of Kate's book, so don't put me in the contest, but just wanted to reiterate how BRILLIANT it is :)

    Looking forward to more of your writing posts Donna!

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  3. I keep hearing wonderful things about this book. I think it'll be my next writing book purchase.

    I, too, am looking forward to your writing posts!

  4. Looking forward to your blog posts, Donna. And lucky me, I won this book on another blog a couple of weeks ago - so don't put my name in the draw. Can't wait to read it.

  5. I've got Kates 12 Point guide as well - and it is the BEST. Anyone thinking of writing a romance (esp a HM&B) should buy this book. It's an absolute MUST. Caroline x

  6. I 2nd Julia and say that I've heard amazing things about this book as well and would love to win a copy.

    Thanks for the great giveaway and good luck with your writing goals! I'm off to finish my 2011 goals post on my blog :)

  7. Sounds like a great book, Donna. I'm feeling a little fuzzy after the holidays so need something to get me on track. Happy New Year all!

  8. Hi Donna,

    Thanks for this new series you started on Wednesdays, there'll be definitely a lot to learn!

    At your advice on the eHarlequin forum about the Kate Walker's 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance, I preordered the 3rd edition through The Book Depository and now can say, it's the best!

    Looking forward to your writing posts.

  9. I haven't heard about this guide before and would love a chance to win it! Great blog. Look forward to more in 2011, Tara

  10. This sounds like a perfect book for me. Although, I have been writing for years, I stopped after an brain injury. With a year hiatus I started again and found that I after relearning the technical pieces of reading and writing again, I was a different writer. I used to be a pantser and now have to plot. I hate plotting. As a pantser, you can probably understand the pain with this.

    I also have issues with remembering character details and will definitely have to take a look at how she does her character outline, sounds great.

    I am always on the lookout now for anything that can make the process make more sense. Thanks for the heads up on this book and based on other posts sounds like a must for a writer library.

  11. This is a book I've heard of time and again, and I've yet to read it. Put me in the drawing!

    Oh, and happy New Year!

  12. Count me in! I've heard so much good stuff about it, I'd love to get my hands on Kate's book!

  13. i have this book and it's gold!
    Lucky it is however wins a copy :)

  14. Hi Donna - I'm looking forward to your Writers' Wednesday columns. I'll be visiting every time because I truly believe that as writers we never stop learning. Evcen though I put into the 12 Point Guide what I know best and the way I go about things, that doesn't mean that other ways can't work too - and there's always some other piece of information ina craft post that can add an extra brightnes to that 'lightbulb' moment.

    Thank you for the lovely comments on the 12 Point Guide - it's always such a compliment for me that established authors get soemthing out of it as well as not yer published writers. And I'm always thrilled when newly-published authors write to me to let me know that this bok has helped in their success.

    Good luck to everyone in the draw - Anne your book is going in the mail today. And I hope whoever wins it finds that it helps them as much as everyone else.

    Good luck to all of you too in starting the New Year of 'Write'


  15. Anonymous5:25 a.m.

    Hope I'm not too late! I have heard great things about this book and would love a copy!

  16. Sounds like a wonderful book, Donna! I'm been looking for some kind of guide book for a while now. This looks like a must-have.

  17. Hello again Donna and All Friends,

    Just wanted to let everyone know that after I received my copy of KATE WALKER'S 12 POINT GUIDE TO WRITING ROMANCE, Kate Walker herself sent me another copy to be donated to our local University library here in my country as there are no ther copies available anywhere here!

    She's one very generous and marvelous lady. We salute you, Queen Kate!