Welcome to day sixteen of the Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway. Today’s giveaway is The Mind of Your Story by Lisa Lenard-Cook.
I’m in the middle of reading Lisa’s novel, Coyote Morning, and it’s cool. It’s really cool. This is a book that succeeded in sucking me right in. I admire an author who can do that as quietly and skillfully as Lenard-Cook without a trace of device manipulation. (That’s years of craft paying off, my friends. Lisa is the real-deal.)
How do you create a successful fiction that captures readers from its first page and never lets them go until the final page is turned? The secret is a delicate balancing act between allowing a story a mind of its own and holding tightly to its reins.
Award-winning author Lisa Lenard-Cook takes you through the entire writing process, showing you how to:
- nurture your ideas—the seeds of your fiction—so they bloom more fully
- develop nuanced characters with distinct voices that intrigue readers
- manage your story’s “mind”—carefully pacing your scenes
- navigate the intricacies of the revision process—so your own edits are more efficient and effective
Combining practical advice with down-to-earth candor, The Mind of Your Story illuminates the often-elusive elements of fiction and helps you turn your creative obsessions into that mysterious yet undeniable connection with readers.
About the Author
Lisa Lenard-Cook’s first novel, Dissonance (University of New Mexico Press), won the Jim Sagel Award for the Novel while still in manuscript and went on to be short-listed for the PEN Southwest Book Award. The book was also a selection of the Durango-La Plata County Reads! countywide reading program and NPR Performance Today’s Summer Reading Series. Her second novel, Coyote Morning (UNM Press), was short-listed for the New Mexico Press Women’s Zia Award and, like Dissonance, a Southwest Book of the Year. Lisa is on the faculty of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference and is the fiction columnist for the Web site Authorlink.com. Visit her Web site, www.lisalenardcook.com, for information on upcoming appearances and classes. Lisa lives in Corrales, New Mexico.
Let’s talk about fiction some more! Do stories have “minds” of their own? Are we but channels for such stories to “pour” through us? Have you ever experienced this sensation? If not, would you like to? Tell us how ficiton happens…for you.
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