For Writers

If you have an inkling for a book—fiction or nonfiction—and/or you believe God has called you to write, don’t let fear or intimidation stop you from making it happen. Take advantage of the multitude of books, courses, and organizations that can help you hone your craft. Every successful writer I know reads books in their genre and attends workshops and writers’ conferences for ongoing development in their writing skills. The American Christian Fiction Writers (www.acfw.com) offers a multitude of educational resources to help you develop your career. Also, check out local writers’ and critique groups that may exist in your regional area and can give you feedback on your work.

Below are some of the resources I suggest.

Books and Magazines on My Bookshelf

  • Writing Deep Viewpointby Kathy Tyers
  • Deep Point of Viewby Marcy Kennedy
  • Save the Cat!By Blake Snyder
  • Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell
  • The Last Fifty Pages by James Scott Bell
  • The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maas
  • Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne & Dave King (2nd Edition)
  • The Emotional Craft of Fictionby Donald Maass
  • Writing the Breakout Novelby Donald Maas
  • The Emotion Thesaurusby Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi
  • Writers Market 2024
  • Writers Digest 

Professional Networking Organizations

  • American Christian Fiction Writers acfw.com
  • Regional and Local Writers Networks

Courses Donna has Taken

  • Immersion Master Class, Deep Editing Power by Margie Lawson
  • American Christian Fiction Writers Conference Workshops
  • The Creative Wayby Ted Dekker
  • Colorado Christian Writers Conference Workshops
  • Christian Writers Guild, Jerry Jenkins
  • Screenwriting by Trai Cartwright
  • How to Succeed in Hollywood Without Losing Your Soul—Dr. Ted Baehr founder of Movieguide.org and the Christian Film and Television Commission®

Resources Other Writers Have Recommended

  • Susan May Warren’s Writers Coaching and Novel Academy

Advice From Seasoned Professionals

  • To be a writer, you must write. Even if you have a busy schedule, make time every day to practice your craft, even if you can only find ten or fifteen minutes. At the end of the week, ten minutes turns into 70 minutes, and fifteen minutes becomes two hours.
  • Take the time to read authors in the genre you write. You can only gain a wealth of understanding of your genre if you see it on the written page by well-known and respected authors.
  • Write in the genre you love. If you like to read historicals, perhaps that’s the best genre for you to write in. If you love a cozy mystery, write a cozy mystery. Many writers think they have to write what’s currently hot on the market. Truth is that what is hot on the market today will die a cold death tomorrow. So, let the words on the page draw readers to you rather than trying to fit yourself into skin that doesn’t fit you.