Recently, I was forced to slow down and take things easy, which left me plenty of time for reading. Mingled in with quite a bit of thrilling fiction were six books on writing. The first one I read told me I could write a book in one day. Unfortunately, that author was telling people how to publish, badly, an e-book on Amazon. I don’t recommend this to anyone. It’s a horrible idea and was only pubbed by the author so s/he could steal money from beginning writers. However, there were two books I loved. The first one was Janet Evanovich’s How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author and James Scott Bell’s Write Your Novel from the Middle: A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers, and Everyone in Between.
The last one is the one I keep referencing as I’m writing my new WIP. I love his mirror moment where the main character has a “moment” in the middle of the novel where s/he looks at the forces against them. Either they asses what type of person they are or have become or for plot driven fiction they look at the odds against them, which must be horrible, and wonder how they’ll survive. This point helps the writer plot/write on either side of the moment. The author should know from that spot how the character will over come or give into the odds. If you’re writing from the beginning you know you have to get your character to that point. It makes it seem so simple and it gives such depth to the story. If you haven’t read it yet, I recommend you do.
What are writing books that you love or books you’ve read that you can now see that mirror moment?