Sunday, July 15, 2012

Seriously, one of the best writing books ever

Okay, so I have this friend named Cathy Yardley, and she once wrote a writing book, but it focused on Chick Lit. Despite its being centered around a category I don't write, I still found the book extremely helpful, as Cathy is a total plotmaster/story guru.

Anyway, the most amazing chapter of said book? The one I've highlighted, dog-eared, and go back to every time I want to plot a new story or simply come to terms with where I'm at with the present one I'm writing? She blew it out into an ENTIRE BOOK!!! It's called ROCK YOUR PLOT, and it's nothing short of amazing. So awesome, I have to give it a huge shout-out, but so effective, I almost want to keep it a secret, since by reading it, legions of mediocre writers will no doubt become competition. But alas...the world needs more good books to read, so I'm duty-bound to share (plus, did I mention Cathy's a friend? Her books are always solid, totally fun reads, but I truly think this could be her ultimate breakout title, since it compresses thousands of pages of cumulative writing wisdom into one succinct, easy to read and understand volume).

The only problem with said book is that--to my knowledge--it's only available as an ebook, and I'd *really* like a print version to have, hold, and mark up like crazy. That said, the e-onliness of it has forced me to take copious notes in my journal, which will prove helpful in the long run. And who can complain about a $2.99 price tag? Especially for a quality writing book! When Random House or Penguin or whoever eventually snaps it up and brings it to your local B&N for $16.99, I'll finally get my print copy.

Hope you like it!

12 comments:

Cat Winters said...

Thanks for the tip. Ara. I love her title! I'll definitely check into the book.

Ara Burklund said...

No problem! I'm kind of a nerd when it comes to plotting things out, so I'm really enjoying it. : )

Dana Elmendorf said...

I'm so checking this out.

Ara Burklund said...

Totally worth it, even retroactively, to make sure everything's in place and nothing's missing, structure-wise.

Rachel Searles said...

$2.99? I'm sold. I always love a good writing book!

Elizabeth Briggs said...

Ooh this sounds good! But it seems to only be available on Amazon and I don't have a Kindle. Bummer.

Ara Burklund said...

Rachel~I wish all writing books were so cheap!!!

Liz~Bummer! It's too bad all e-books don't work on all e-readers!

Cathy Yardley said...

Ara -- thank you so much for the shout-out! Once I get out of the Kindle Direct obligation, (which I think is... shoot, another month?) I will get it up for all e-readers. I loved writing this, and I appreciate the support! :)

Leslie S. Rose said...

I'm a craft book junkie. This one sounds delish. Off to grab it.

Ara Burklund said...

Cathy~I mean every word! Along with being an amazing writer, you are one of the most awesome craft teachers ever!!!

Leslie~Enjoy! : )

Adrienne said...

I don't have any kind of e-reader, but that book sounds totally worth it!

Ara Burklund said...

No e-reader? Totally worth asking for if someone wants to give you a gift. There's a lot of argument about which one is best, but I love my basic-model Kindle (no 3G, smallest size): I can use it in the sun, it's light enough to carry in my purse, and the one battery charge lasts almost two months.