Friday, January 05, 2007

Candace Proctor

Reader Chap O'Keefe, responding to my post on outlining versus not outlining, suggested logging on to the blog of writer C.S. Proctor for further discussion on the matter.

Good suggestion. In simple, lucid terms Proctor looks at several aspects of writing incuding not only plotting but building characters and using story arcs as defined by modern day Hollywood. She's a real find. I've slogged through entire how-to books on the subject of writing that have taught me far less.

I mention this because when I'm asked to recommend a book on the subject of putting together a novel I always suggest taking a look at any of them by Lawrence Block. He's not only realistic in his approach, he's also fun to read. The two other books I'd recommend are both by Dean Koontz and are unfortunately long out of print.

But take a look at what Candace Proctor is doing. Whether you're a pro or a beginner, she has a lot of solid, helpful information to share with you.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Absolute agreement with you about most how-to books -- plus your recommendation of Larry Block and Dean Koontz. Block was/is(?) a good public speaker on the topic. I remember enjoying an address he gave to a books festival here in Auckland, New Zealand, but I believe he is now cutting back on his extensive tours. By the way, the quickest route to Candy's debate is not via her website but directly to the blog at The really good stuff (Plotters vs. Pantsers etc) starts around mid-December. And if anyone wants to know, the 18 western novels I've sold so far were all written to 2,500 word outlines. . . more or less! I guess this puts me in the Plotters camp.