My Love Affair With Words

In 8th grade, my English teacher introduced me to words this country girl had never heard before and thought I’d never use. Words like supercilious (what we in the south refer to as high-and-mighty). In the 9th and 10th grade, he introduced me to writing with those same big words. And so, began my love affair with words.

Later, I wrote more and more as a way of escape from an auto-immune disease called Hashimoto’s. Wanting to learn more about the craft, I studied creative writing under Meredith Nixon in 2006. Three years later, I took a 2-year Apprentice Fiction course, at Christian Writers Guild with Sandra Byrd as my mentor. I highly recommend her as a writing coach! In 2014, I enrolled in the Journeyman Fiction course under the tutelage of Deborah Christensen.

If you are interested in learning more about writing, I recommend the following books.

Description – Monica Wood
Beginnings, Middles & Ends – Nancy Kress
Plot – Ansen Dibell
Scene and Structure – Jack M. Bickham
Character and Viewpoint – Orson Scott Card
The Book of Dialogue – Lewis Turco
An Introduction to Christian Writing – Ethel Herr
GMC: Goal, Motivation & Conflict – Debra Dixon
Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors – Kathy Ide
Crafting Novels & Short Stories – Editors of Writer’s Digest
Books: Tips, Stories, & Advice On Writing, Publishing, & Promoting – Dan Poynter
Fiction Writing Demystified – Thomas B. Sawyer
Stein On Writing – Sol Stein
Outlining Your Novel – K. M. Weiland
Structuring Your Novel – K. M. Weiland

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