101 Pocket Writing Tips & Techniques: To Inspire Your Fiction and Strengthen Your Craft

101 Pocket Writing Tips & Techniques: To Inspire Your Fiction and Strengthen Your Craft

by Ronda Hinrichsen

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ISBN-13: 9781517175153
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/09/2015
Pages: 106
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.22(d)

About the Author

Award-winning author, Ronda Hinrichsen, and her family own a small farm located between the beautiful Rocky Mountains and the Great Salt Lake where she regularly sees eagles, hawks, owls, and ducks. Lots of ducks. She is the author of independently and traditionally published romantic suspense and speculative books as well as numerous magazine articles and stories for children and adults. She enjoys teaching about writing in conference and classroom settings, and readers can find more tips about writing on her blog, thewriteblocks.blogspot.com. Website: rondahinrichsen.com

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ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite So you want to be a writer, not just any writer, but a best-selling, famous author who is much sought after by readers. Or perhaps you already are a writer, published, well-known, award-winning, or just a writer. Writers, like anyone else, need to continue learning to hone their craft and just improve themselves in general. That's why we writers need handy tools, like 101 Pocket Writing Tips & Techniques: To Inspire Your Fiction and Strengthen Your Craft. The subtitle says it all - to inspire and to strengthen, very key points in the establishment and continual improvement of the craft of writing. Best-selling author Ronda Hinrichsen has given us just that; a handy tool with over a hundred helpful tips. She organizes her list of tips into the important categories that a writer must follow to write a good story: setting, characters, plot, development, as well as some practical tips on attracting readers and marketing your book. Each tip is coupled with examples from her own personal experience, her own writing, as well as examples from other well-known authors. The best tip was the bonus tip. After citing from personal experience, the author writes, "The truth is, if you write, you're a writer. Embrace that knowledge. Enjoy your writer's journey." For that's what being a writer means, being on a journey. It's a journey of self-discovery as well as a never-ending journey of learning and improving one's skill and much more. Writing is both a passion and a commitment for most of us, and it's imperative that we continually strive to learn more about our craft in order to improve our skills. This book is an excellent resource/tool for both established and wanna-be writers.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite 101 Pocket Writing Tips & Techniques: To Inspire Your Fiction and Strengthen Your Craft is a non-fiction Writing/Publishing guide written by Ronda Hinrichsen. Hinrichsen is an established author who writes traditionally published romantic suspense and speculative works. In this guide, she discusses setting, character development, and plot, but she also includes tips on how to incorporate writing time into your life and shows how writing down every storyline or creative thought while it is fresh in your mind can increase your writing repertoire. While she cautions that you should be familiar with what you are writing, she does suggest you broaden that base of familiarity, especially with regards to settings. Readers, she argues, love to experience new and foreign locales through the eyes of the characters they are following. Each of the 101 tips is presented in a brief, capsulized format for ease of access and retention. Hinrichsen also includes an appendix listing her personal top ten writing references. Ronda Hinrichsen’s non-fiction Writing/Publishing guide, 101 Pocket Writing Tips & Techniques, is filled with handy tidbits of information for writers which is presented in a very accessible format. While I have a number of writing books which I’ve never managed to finish reading, I found this guide delightful to read and quite informative. I like the streamlined format and the order in which the topics are presented. While Hinrichsen does not profess to be an expert on writing and publishing, she does share many of the techniques and tips that have worked for her and others. I particularly appreciated her chapters on plotting and character development for their breadth of information in a compressed form, as well as her advice on how to maintain a positive attitude about working through edits and finding a writing group that fits your style. 101 Pocket Writing Tips & Techniques: To Inspire Your Fiction and Strengthen Your Craft delivers what its title promises, and it does so quite well. It’s highly recommended.
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Susana Pena for Readers' Favorite 101 Pocket Writing Tips & Techniques: To Inspire Your Fiction and Strengthen Your Craft by Ronda Hinrichsen is an informative book filled with tidbits of writing advice from a seasoned author. It is a handy pocketbook that will inspire writers to feel more confident about their writing abilities. The book offers tips for every stage of the writing process from starting to live the life of a writer, choosing descriptive settings, developing realistic characters, having a strong plot and story structure, and marketing your finished material. The valuable information presented in this guide will inspire writers to develop interesting and engaging story lines, because readers don’t want to read a boring book that lacks a strong hook and lovable characters. Ronda Hinrichsen's 101 Pocket Writing Tips & Techniques: To Inspire Your Fiction and Strengthen Your Craft will show you how to improve your writing skills in order to eventually reach your goal of becoming a successful author. The author also generously shares her top ten go-to reference writing books at the very end of her handy guide. Being an aspiring writer myself, I enjoyed reading all of the writing tips in 101 Pocket Writing Tips & Techniques. This book taught me several important techniques to follow in order to make my writing process smoother and more productive. The top five writing tips that stood out the most to me were the following: to always have a pen and paper nearby so that I could jot down important ideas that popped into my head at any given moment; to have an intriguing opening sentence to pull readers into my story; to make my characters realistic by giving them a flaw or two; to never make my story boring; and being careful not to info dump. The words of advice contained in this book will definitely guide and inspire writers to improve their overall writing skills.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite 101 Pocket Writing Tips & Techniques To Inspire Your Fiction and Strengthen your Craft by Ronda Hinrichsen is an interesting, helpful and useful guide for any aspiring writer. Ronda goes through the basics such as setting, characters, plot and story. There are also useful tips, including always keeping a notebook and pen with you for the times inspiration may hit. The author also addresses those hard questions like how do you keep your readers' attention. There are also some marketing suggestions and some good references. This is a useful tool to help keep the writer focused. Some of the tips are well known, but others are fresh and inspiring and, taken overall, I learned a lot from this guide. There are useful ideas to help strengthen your story such as adding emotion, and how to do this. I liked the way Ronda Hinrichsen gave examples to explain her suggestions and advice. There is also some helpful advice regarding how to ‘show’ rather than ‘tell’ in writing. With marketing, for instance, she explains the importance of identifying your core readers and then gives suggestions on how to reach them. This is one of the many difficulties facing writers, and her approach and ideas are innovative and helpful. She examines the options available for publishing and gives a brief insight, which is helpful for writers who might be close to finishing that precious work. Above all, this guide not only gives useful advice, but offers encouragement to all writers struggling to get their work noticed.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite 101 Pocket Writing Tips & Techniques To Inspire Your Fiction and Strengthen your Craft by Ronda Hinrichsen begins with an exhortation to authors – keep on learning and improving. The perennial problem of writers, getting fresh ideas and new plots, is then discussed. To write is to rewrite, procrastination is a big enemy, and intuition is the sixth sense all writers should have are a few of the many gems Ronda’s book discloses. How a character with a flaw appears more natural, and, in place of ‘telling’ or ‘showing’, an author should ‘create’ the scenes are some of the ‘patentable’ pearls of this collection. It ends with advice I badly needed: ‘Don’t hold yourself back thinking of an imaginary success line to cross. Claim your title as an author now.’ 101 Pocket Writing Tips & Techniques To Inspire Your Fiction and Strengthen your Craft by Ronda Hinrichsen makes success as an author more attainable. Many of the suggestions in this book are just extensions of commonsense and easy to put into practice, making this a recommended and handy book for prospective writers. The reflections of the author on topics like new ideas for a book, thinking always of the readers’ wants while writing, and ways to ensure ‘word of mouth’ publicity raises the stature of this guide to an authoritative document. A thoughtfully crafted, easy to read and well presented handbook that can be a constant companion to all those engaged in ruminating for a living, like writers do.