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BOOK 3 IN USA Today Bestselling Author Mary Buckham's WRITING ACTIVE SETTING SERIES is now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Book 3: Anchoring, Action, as a Character and More is AVAILABLE!

Learn to use Setting to quickly anchor the reader into the world of your story. Use Setting as movement through space effectively. Explore Setting in a series. Learn the most common Setting pitfalls.

"Mary Buckham has created a treasure for writers. This is a fabulous craft book for the writer who does not want readers "skimming" over chunks of their story because the setting bogs it down. And for the writer who wants to draw readers deep into their world. And for the writer who wants to use setting to show emotion or reveal details about their characters. Need I go on? Kudos to Mary on producing a book that shows how top authors write great setting and easy steps for any writer who wants to improve setting in their stories."  ~~NYT Bestselling author, Dianna Love

Tip from Dianna: Find YOUR process! Don't let anyone - plotter, seat-of-pants writer, other - tell you that any one way to write is better/more creative/more efficient than another.  The only thing you must do is write the best story you can.

  

PROFESSIONAL WRITING ORGANIZATIONS

(Many have annual conferences - workshops and great place to meet other writers, agents, editors)

Society of Childrens' Book Writers and Illustrators

International Thriller Writers

Authors Guild

Sisters in Crime Inc

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

Romance Writers of America (largest writing org)

Mystery Writers of America

Novelists Inc (NINC)

Kiss of Death (home of Daphne du Maurier Award)

Horror Writers Association

 

WRITING REFERENCE BOOKS

BREAK INTO FICTION®: 11 Steps to Building a Story that Sells by NYT best seller Dianna Love and Award-winning author Mary Buckham (ISBN 1-60550-015-1 - Adam’s Media) 

Writing Active Setting by Mary Buckham is out (2013).  Setting can bog down your pacing ... or add rich story elements while exposing character and plot details that pull your reader deeper into a story.  Pick up a copy and take your writing up another entire level. 

Book Marketing, Book Trailers and Author Etiquette in a Nutshell by Sheila English of COS Productions and Barbara Vey of Publishers Weekly. 

TIME TO WRITE, THINKING WRITE & LIVING WRITE are all wonderful books by Kelly L. Stone that show you how to be the most productive with your time and how to find that time to write.

Editor-Proof Your Writing by Don McNair (2013) is the book that every writer should have in their arsenal.  

GOAL, MOTIVATION & CONFLICT by Debra Dixon (Gryphon Printing)

THE FIRST FIVE PAGES by Noal Lukeman (ISBN# 068485743X)

BELIEVABLE CHARACTERS: CREATING WITH ENNEAGRAMS by Laurie Schnebly (ISBN#0930831039)

THE WRITER’S DIGEST CHARACTER NAMING SOURCEBOOK (ISBN# 1582972958) by #1 NYT bestseller Sherrilyn Kenyon.

 

WRITING RESOURCES

Mary Buckham - Award winning author teaches online classes and offers a manuscript evaluation service 

WriterUniv - Offers online classes in different aspects of craft

Writers Digest - Online writing workshops

Minotaur Writing Contest - annual contest with different themes each year for mystery/suspense/thriller writers