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.
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!