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Writing Resources: The Practice of Poetry

This post contains affiliate links that earn commissions for this website from qualifying purchases.  When it comes to poetry writing resources, there are some special books out there that will help make you a better reader and a more well-rounded writer. Some academics argue that poetry is an intellectual pursuit, but that’s only partially true….Read More

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A Messy, Liberating Guide to Journal Writing

This post contains affiliate links that earn commissions for this website from qualifying purchases.  You should see my journal. It’s a cacophony of words and images, scribbles, doodles, and scraps of ideas tucked between the pages. It’s sort of a mess, and I like it that way. I know some writers are diligent about keeping…Read More

Writing Resources: Perrine’s Sound and Sense

This post contains affiliate links that earn commissions for this website from qualifying purchases.  This is one of my favorite writing resources of all time. It is subtitled “An Introduction to Poetry,” but it’s full of concepts that can benefit any form of writing. Whether you write fiction, articles, essays, or blog posts, Perrine’s Sound and…Read More

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Get Poemcrazy!

This post contains affiliate links that earn commissions for this website from qualifying purchases.  Part memoir, filled with poetry exercises and activities, and sprinkled with poems, Poemcrazy is sure to inspire anyone who wants to delve deeper into the art of writing poetry and the lifestyle of a poet. Poemcrazy is a delicious read with bite-sized…Read More

Writing Resources: Bird by Bird

This post contains affiliate links that earn commissions for this website from qualifying purchases. Bird by Bird is a classic book on writing. You’ll hear about it in writer circles, at workshops, and it will appear on book lists by some of your favorite authors. This book had been sitting on my to-read list for…Read More

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The Writer’s Journey: A Must-Read for Storytellers

This post contains affiliate links that earn commissions for this website from qualifying purchases.  If you read only one book on storytelling, make it The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler. Over the years, I’ve read a lot of books on writing fiction. Many have been helpful, but some have left me feeling disappointed, especially those…Read More

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Writing Resources: A Poetry Handbook

This post contains affiliate links that earn commissions for this website from qualifying purchases.  Poetry is the music of language, the fine art of the written word. It demands a broad vocabulary and creative thinking. It promotes rhythm and meter, and it invites imagery. Poetry engages the imagination, stimulates the intellect, and touches the heart. Reading…Read More

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A Must-Read for Storytellers: Save the Cat

This post contains affiliate links that earn commissions for this website from qualifying purchases.  “It’s the scene where we meet the hero, and the hero does something — like saving a cat — that defines who he is and makes us, the audience, like him.” — Blake Snyder, Save the Cat Save the Cat has…Read More

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A Handy Book for Poets – Poetry: Tools & Techniques: A Practical Guide to Writing Engaging Poetry

This post contains affiliate links that earn commissions for this website from qualifying purchases.  I have found it quite challenging to find good books on the craft of poetry writing. My favorite resource, which is also the most comprehensive, is Perrine’s Sound and Sense. But that’s a costly book because it’s used in college-level poetry…Read More

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Writing Resources: No Plot? No Problem!

This post contains affiliate links that earn commissions for this website from qualifying purchases.  There are a million ways to approach writing a novel. You can outline your plot. You can create a series of scenes and use note cards to organize them. You can use a tried and proven formula from any number of…Read More

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