Confession time: November will end tomorrow and I have only reached page 122 of my 200 page revision. My revision process came to a screeching halt Thanksgiving week as I shifted into holiday prep and enjoying out-of-town relatives modes. However, although November has ended, I am determined to get that remaining 78 pages revised as quickly as possible so I can take a break to enjoy Christmas.
Although I did not complete my revision, I did complete my revision reading: The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction: The Complete Guide to Finding Your Story, Honing Your Skills, & Glorifying God in Your Novel by Jeff Gerke. Gerke is a fiction writer, editor, and the publisher of Marcher Lord Press. He has seen a lot of manuscripts come across his desk and is quiet familiar with the weaknesses that cause a novel not to work.
While The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction is targeted at the Christian novelist, the lessons on craft are lessons from which any fiction writer could benefit. Gerke proposes fiction writers adopt a new metaphor for themselves as writers and through the book shows you how to use that metaphor to strengthen your writing. The book is broken into “Masteries”, and Masteries 9-52 all deal with topics to help you develop your craft. I highly recommend this book.
Gerke’s most recent book, Plot Versus Character: A Balanced Approach to Writing Great Fiction, published by Writer’s Digest Book is high on my “next read” list
What book (or books) did you enjoy this November?
P.S. Attention Teachers!!! Jeff Gerke has informed me there is a curriculum workbook for using The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction for teaching high school Creative Writing. Check out The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction Workbook, by Jeff Gerke and Mary Agius.