Do You Need Some Novel-Writing Essentials?

Are you a new writer, just starting out?  Or an experienced writer, looking to polish your craft, preparatory to publishing?  Here at Booknook.biz, we only recommend the places, courses, people and resources that we've used, tried, and in which we believe. Do you need a critique group, but want to stay away from the harsher free-for-alls available on the Net?  Then the Holly Lisle courses may be for you.  Are you trying to world-build, with epic fantasy?  Again, the Lisle courses have something you can use, all the way down to building your own language.  

Check out The Writer's Boot Camp!

The Writer's Boot Camp forums are divided by courses and each class within that course, and hundreds of students may be taking the same class as you are, at the same time.  The forums are fully moderated, and the action is never "too" rough and tumble for even the faintest of heart to deal with.  I know that I hear, around the Net, quite a bit, that people are afraid to use critique groups because "they're too mean," and that is never an issue at the WBC forums.  

The mini-clinics and bigger courses are both excellent.  If you're hesitant about trying the bigger courses, try one of the Mini-clinics first (they're incredibly affordable and helpful; I'm a big fan of the Plot Clinc myself) and get your feet wet before you jump in to deeper waters.

There's something here for literally every writer, at every stage of his or her career:  

THE BASICS:

How to Write Page-Turning Scenes

How to Write Dialogue with Subtext

Professional Plot Outline Mini Course

Create a Plot Clinic

Create a Character Clinic

Free Flash Fiction Class

MOTIVATION

21 Ways to Get Yourself Writing When Your Life Has Just Exploded

How to Find Your Writing Discipline

How to Motivate Yourself Workshop

How to Beat Writer's Block

Mugging the Muse (hint: this one is FUN!)

THE DREADED REVISION CYCLE:

7-Day Crash Revision Workshop

How to Revise Your Novel

WORLD-BUILDING: A don't-miss for fantasy writers!

Create a Culture Clinic

Create a Language Clinic

Create A World Clinic

FOR EVERYONE, BEGINNER AND PROS ALIKE:

How to Think Sideways

How to Write a Series

Writing Clinics Bundle

 

Some of these courses are simply a BLAST.  I know that people have told me that Mugging the Muse is a hoot, and I enjoyed the Page-Turning Scenes mini-course.  I hope you'll find something here that you can use to help you achieve your writing goals.  

Or, if you don't see anything here just yet, take a browse at the How To Think Sideways Store:

HTTS Shop

As Holly Lisle says:  write with joy!  And good luck to you from the folks at Booknook.biz.  We hope you find our Resources helpful.

Phone Call Alert! 

(Please read, thanks.) 

Old Timey Switchboard Operator Cartoon

 

Due to the COVID-19 onslaught, we currently cannot take incoming phone calls.  

 

A notification about phone calls:  due to the COVID-19 plague, we've significantly increased our incoming inquiries--nearly double our usual volume--and the number of incoming inquiries by phone has been literally overwhelming.  Although most writers will say that their call "will only take 15 minutes," the truth is, that after 10 years of doing this, most author inquiry calls take an hour.  45 minutes at best. I'm currently receiving 7-10 calls/day, and due to that, I've had to stop accepting incoming phone calls, which my voicemail will tell you. You can leave a message--I can't call you back without one--and if a call is needed, I will of course call you.  But we have very complete and extensive email replies, handouts and our website is very informative. Almost all the questions that I receive during a call are actually already answered on our site, or are, in fact, publishing questions, not questions about our services, what we do, what we offer, or the like.  I already handle between 90-130 emails/day, as it is. I can't handle that many emails and take 7-10 hours of calls each day. I can't. So, in order to be able to answer this huge email volume, to help the greatest number of people, with my time, I've had to stop accepting calls.  I'm sorry, but that's just how it is. I'm in the process of setting up a call-appointment function, for free 15-minute calls to answer questions from new prospective customers and longer paid sessions for folks who generally want consulting on "publishing," generally (and for prospective kids' book publishers, as a special category of paid consulting).  But that functionality isn't yet set up. I hope to get that working the 3rd week of July, sometime.  

Thank you for your understanding.