WIP Day 4: Resources for Writers

Day 4 was actually yesterday and I wrote a post last night but got kicked off the internet before I saved it. Grrr. I was suggesting a couple of good books for fiction writers.

THE WRITER’S PARTNER by Martin Roth:  I carry this one to the Opium Den each day like some people carry their bibles (I’m in the bible belt, remember?). I had the first edition of this book, THE FICTION WRITER’S SILENT PARTNER, for many years. It was hardcover and the corners had been chewed by at least two different dogs. Inside, my notes were scribbled all over the place. When I realized this third edition was out with a new title, I gave the chomped-on one to a woman in my critique group.

THE WRITER’S PARTNER is like having a brainstorming friend you can carry around with you. It has everything, from lists of possible character names to what the cops will do when at a crime scene, to life in the military. The parts I like best though are the lists of “what ifs?” What if a man discovers his wife in bed with his bed friend? That sort of thing. As with all reading and movie watching, it sparks my creativity and can get me going when I’m stuck. I was sad to see in the foreward that Martin Roth has died. His book is a valuable addition to a writer’s collection. It’s a 4 lighthouse book. More later!4 LH blue.jpg




  1. Lorene on August 18, 2006 at 9:31 am

    Thank you for these updates. I can understand if it gets to be too much but it is really interesting. I check each day to see what you’ve added.

  2. Margo on August 18, 2006 at 9:48 am

    I wish I knew how to write…what a wonderful talent…

  3. brenda on August 18, 2006 at 6:32 pm

    When I pass a Starbuck’s, I tell my husband, “Well, I would love to take a year from work-finish grad school-and go in there and write…” He doesn’t understand about the place…but grins…
    Keep going and writing…
    Good luck on next one.

  4. brenda on August 19, 2006 at 5:41 pm

    Do not think that because you go to Starbuck’s to write-that I think you are NOT WORKING–I meant a year off teaching (which I can’t do because I went into this at a late age-and do love it-) I know you work diligently…I write the column and put the fiction on hold for now-but it is the hardest work…

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