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. Her clear, concise explanation of these three foundational elements that drive plot, character development, and character arc really helped me up my game.
And 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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