My Top Five Favorite (Writerly) Things by Rebecca Heflin

A writer-friend recently asked me what my go-to craft books are, so I thought I’d share those with you here today.

Goal, Motivation, & Conflict by Debra Dixon is a must-have tool for any fiction writer.51ncseVgYzL.jpg Her clear, concise explanation of these three foundational elements that drive plot, character development, and character arc really helped me up my game.

51qOCqd5CDLAnd on the topic of character development, one book I absolutely love is The Complete Writer’s Guide to Heroes & Heroines by Cowden, LaFever, & Viders. This book details sixteen character archetypes and gives examples of what archetypes pair best to create fireworks and ultimately, change. I often pull out this book when I’m thinking of my latest characters. It’s a great resource.

Having said that, writing a straight archetype can make the characters seem cookie-cutter. For instance, the pure Bad Boy hero and the pure Waif heroine can be very vanilla…

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About NevaBrown

Neva Brown, a retired secondary teacher/administrator, now enjoys the challenge of writing romance novels and doing editing for other romance writers. She has even ventured into the social media world of Facebook, Twitter and Google+ as well as having a website; . Neva lived on West Texas ranches most of her life and uses that culture and environment in many of her stories. She and her husband now live at Rio Concho West in San Angelo, Texas. They are amazed at how well they have adjusted to ‘city’ living. Neva loves to hear from her readers. She can be reached at
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One Response to My Top Five Favorite (Writerly) Things by Rebecca Heflin

  1. Thanks for the reblog.


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