My Love Affair With Words

In the 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 big words. And so, began my love affair with words.

After I had married, I wrote more and more as a way of escape from an auto-immune disease called Hashimoto’s disease. Wanting to learn more about the craft, I studied creative writing under Meredith Nixon in 2006. Three years later, I took a 2-year course, Apprentice Fiction, at Christian Writers Guild with Sandra Byrd as my mentor. 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 to get you started. 🙂

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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