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Friday, June 24, 2011

Tools and a Contest

A butter knife can turn screws and I’ve use a screwdriver as a pry bar.

One time, I whacked a molehill into submission with a pry bar. Call it my Caddyshack moment, me beating the moving dirt where the mole was hiding (laughing), hair flying around my head like a wild woman. And I missed. The. Mole. But I digress.
My point? To get the job done, use the tools that are on hand.

Writers see a crowded mall as inspiration. They note human reactions such as facial expressions or hand gestures and put them to creative use in their WIP. Scrutinizing total strangers works pretty darn good too; at least until your suspicious behavior attracts attention. Then people point at you and call the cops.
Physical inspiration, the observation of the world around us, is invaluable. But one tool gave me another kind of inspiration that should be on the desk of any serious writer.

Easy and fun to read, this book details the craft of writing, how to form a cohesive story, what the literary agent/publisher wants in a book. The newest edition has worksheets that guide the writer through the needle’s eye of composing a brilliant novel.

My copy has dog-eared pages with tabbed, marked up, and highlighted sections throughout. Or in other words, much used.

Contest anyone?

For a copy all your own:
  1. Comment here.
  2. Link to Unicorn Bell from your blog and/or Twitter account.
  3. Be a Follower if you aren’t already
The contest will run until 5pm CST June 30. I will announce the winner chosen by Random.org on July 1.
Happy Weekend to all.


Nina Powers said...

Hmm, I've used a butter knife to turn screws, and used a screwdriver to break ice... does that put me in the running?
I'd love to add a new tool to my writer's toolbox, so consider this blog tweeted!


Tara Tyler said...

i like worksheets! sign me up!

Traci said...

I love helpful books! Thanks for the contest!

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Donna Hole said...

I think I have that book, but I'm too lazy to go search for it. I'd love to win the book.

I'll put this in my community events calendar on my sidbar.


David Jace said...

Well, I'm feeling lucky, and maybe if I win the book, I can be competent, too!

Off I go to tweet. :)

Nina Powers said...

I did tweet this site, but I have no problems tweeting it again:)
I'll be blogging later this morning and add it there as well.
Write On!

Laura said...

ooohhh... sounds good! I need me a copy!

Laura said...

ps you're in my Daily Dodo sidebar! LX

Misha said...

I'd love to win the book. Is the competition open for foreigners?

Whether it counts or not, though, I'll add the blog to my sidebar.