Crafty Tips for Every Writer

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

If you’re  like me, you’re always on the lookout for resources or creative ways to approach the writing craft or to be at the top of your publishing game. We can use all the help we can get!

Crafty Writing Tip

This audio CD on fiction writing, The Hero’s 2 Journeys, consists of the content from workshops presented by Michael Hauge and Christopher Vogler. Here is how Amazon describes the CD’s premise:

MAKE YOUR STORY THE BEST IT CAN BE — ON 2 LEVELS
Hear each superstar teacher present his unique approach to . . .
A) The OUTER JOURNEY, the essential structural principles driving every successful plot. Each brings years of practical experience and extensive research to 1) Story Structure, 2) Character Arc and 3) How to Give Your Story Greater Commercial Appeal. Full of specific examples.
B) The INNER JOURNEY, the deeper storyline that makes a story truly great. HAUGE’S VIEW: The Hero moves from hiding within a protective identity to experiencing his or her true essence. VOGLER’S VIEW: The Hero’s inner need is invisible at first, but is revealed to the Hero by the end of the story.

Sometimes those who develop these paradigmsorigami-writing to help writers to think about their stories overstate how the concept works for all manner of writing (which I think kind of happens here), but nonetheless, the ideas presented are stimulating.

Crafty Organizational Tips

Looking for organizational ideas that will make you more productive? Read this article.

Crafty Perspective on Being Daring

Hesitating to dip in and try something new? Seth Godin has a thought-provoking perspective on that.

Now it’s your turn to share.

What craft book/webinar have you discovered lately that has your creative juices flowing?

What writerly technique has worked for you to craft a better book? (Reading aloud, starting your novel in the middle to jumpstart the storyline, etc.)

What little organizational discovery has brought some relief to your overstuffed writing life?

What tip has moved you to a new level with your marketing/publicity efforts?

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Labor Day Rules. Not.

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

When I grew up, Labor Day represented a clear demarcation between summer and fall. We:

  • Put away our summer clothes, but especially our white shoes and purses.
  • Went back to school the day after Labor Day.
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4 Types of Literary Agents

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Recently I had a conversation with Dee, a potential new client, and our chat turned to four different approaches agents take to teaming up with authors. I explained to Dee some of those methods. I think …

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