Tuesday, June 23, 2009

How- to Authors Dianna Love and Mary Buckham Break into Fiction

The Five Scribes are pleased to present Margie Lawson's How-to Author Interview Series with today's special How-to-Authors Dianna Love and Mary Buckham, authors of BREAK INTO FICTION.

Post a question or comment, and you have a chance to WIN:

  • Break Into Fiction -- by Mary Buckham and Dianna Love
  • Phantom in the Night -- by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love
  • A Lecture Packet -- from Margie Lawson
Dianna and Mary will drop by the blog several times today. They'll respond to questions and comments posted by 7 p.m. Mountain time.

Factoids about Dianna Love and Mary Buckham:
  • NYT best-selling and Rita award-winning author (Love)
  • Authors of BREAK INTO FICTION: 11 Steps to Building a Story that Sells (Love/Buckham)
  • Award-winning suspense author (Buckham)
  • Former editor and contributing editor for NW Parent Magazine (Buckham)
Funtoids about Dianna Love and Mary Buckham:
  • Formerly climbed more than 100 ft. in air to paint murals (Love)
  • Collects ethnic textiles from around the world (Buckham)
  • Portrait artist and motorcycle rider (Love)
  • Climbed the pyramids of Giza (Buckham)
Their websites are:
www.BreakIntoFiction.com
www.AuthorDiannaLove.com
www.MaryBuckham.com

Books Currently Available:

BREAK INTO FICTION :11 Steps to Building a Story that Sells -- nonfiction book on how to create a novel using YOUR story in the worksheets (Buckham and Love)
WHISPERED LIES - (Love) BAD Agency romantic thriller (Pocket/May 2009)
PHANTOM IN THE NIGHT - (Love) BAD Agency series (Pocket/May 2009)

Jon Franklin, author of Writing for Story and a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner says about BREAK INTO FICTION :

"These writers know their business, and what's more, know how to explain it. Break into Fiction is solidly grounded in storytelling fundamentals but then goes much farther into the practical detail that determines whether your book will bring a check or a rejection slip. Altogether, it's one of the most useful writing books I've seen for a very long time -- Jon Franklin, author of Writing for Story.

From the foreword of BREAK INTO FICTION by #1 NYT best seller Sherrilyn Kenyon (she is a panster - does not plot):

"What I love about the programs that Mary and Dianna teach nationally is that their intent is not to convert pansters to be plotters, but to give both types of writers tools for breaking through writer's block or finding a plot hole or shoring up a sagging middle."

Publisher Weekly on Phantom in the Night...

"All hell breaks loose in this over-the-top romantic thriller...Da Vinci Code-derivative components tweaked with a bioterrorism twist add extra punch."



How-to Author Interview Series -- offered by Margie Lawson

ML: BREAK INTO FICTION: 11 Steps to Building a Story that Sells came out this month. How did you two meet and what prompted you to write this book?

D.L.: Mary and I met at a conference where we'd been invited to speak on the same panel. We hit it off immediately and realized we both had an analytical approach to craft where we studied what made a book or movie successful and what did not work in stories. The Power Plotting program included in our new BREAK INTO FICTION book was a labor of love as much as anything else. As fairly new authors (I didn't start writing my first sentence until 2001), we understood how many tombs of reference books and hours of workshops it took just to get the basics down-- because we both had those walls of books and had attended hundreds of hours of workshops to develop our craft. We believed there was an easier way to learn how to create a novel...and there is. We taught private retreats nationally for the last several years, but our speaking and writing schedules have gotten too busy to do as many now so we decided the best solution would be to put the BREAK INTO FICTION Power Plotting program into a book.

M.B.: When you find another writer who challenges you to think bigger, work harder and dig deeper into the craft of writing, it's a dream come true. After we met, Dianna and I worked on not only analyzing other stories, but on challenging each other on our own stories and we realized not only how fun it was, but how liberating. We also realized that not every writer can find another to challenge them, so part of the premise behind the BREAK INTO FICTION book is to afford any writer, at any stage in their writing process, to look and think about their own stories in a fresh and different way.

M.L.: Will this book help all writers or only plotters?

D.L.: We've taught new writers, multi-published mass market writers and a Pulitzer Prize winner who were plotters and pantsers (writers who write by the seat of their pants). Plotters like to figure out the key elements in their story so they know they aren't going to run wild on rabbit paths while writing. Pantsers like to let the story reveal itself through stream-of-conscience writing and consider revising or rewriting a large amount of pages part of the process. BOTH are correct ways to write. Using our book, a plotter can figure out their key elements and twist points in advance to assure their characters and plot are arcing to a strong finish. Pansters answer the same questions in our book during their revision process to find weak spots or plot holes.

M.B.: One of the most exciting elements we discovered when teaching our live BREAK INTO FICTION plotting retreats was to see how writers could step away from narrow definitions of HOW to write a book and embrace a larger concept of understanding the structure behind commercial fiction. Doing this liberated them to know how to write their book and not worry about the process. Pantsers discovered a more efficient way of creating a strong story structure without feeling constrained or limited as well as having a tool to let them know if they've veered off track from their main story during the revision process. Plotters have a solid road map that they work step by step through their story in a systematic and consistent way.

M.L.: What are the most common mistakes you ran across in working with both published and unpublished [writers] in your Power Plotting retreats?

D.L.: We found it interesting that so many writers miss the same things in the early stages of creating their stories. The sagging middle is one, which is fixed by understanding twist points that is covered in our plotting worksheets. A big issue is the lack of rising stakes -- give the reader a good reason to worry about what happens next. At the root of so many of these craft problems is poor motivation -- the character is only reacting, as opposed to acting, or the character is performing an action because the "writer" needs that to happen at the point and hasn't set up a good reason for that action. These are all things that pull a reader off the ride once they are into the story -- the reader puts the book down. Another thing we found was terminology confusion. Mary and I listen to writers when we teach. We take their feedback and improve a program. While creating our current BREAK INTO FICTION book, we realized many writers hit speed bumps in the terminology alone. We created our own terms such as Internal Character Growth as opposed to Internal Goal for the character. A person doesn't get up in the morning and think, "I need to change and grow over the next week so that I can reconnect with the world." Not understanding the terminology creates problems for a writer, so we made it easier to answer questions about their characters and plot.

M.B.: One of the issues that kept surprising me is the comment from writers that thinking so intensely and focusing on their story was 'hard.' Learning any new craft skill initially is hard, so why shouldn't plotting your story prove challenging when you really dig into a deep understanding of plot? Great news is that the 'hard' phase dissipates, once you know what you need in plot and don't need, then the process of plotting becomes so much easier and fun too!

M.L.: Did developing BREAK INTO FICTION have any influence on how you write?

D.L.: My first book was a romantic suspense because I'm a huge suspense/thriller fan. While working on this program with Mary I came to understand the difference between writing a suspense and kicking up to a high-concept thriller. This resulted in my having the wonderful opportunity to co-write the BAD Agency romantic-thriller series with Sherrilyn Kenyon. I've just finished a mainstream thriller project as well. And I wish Mary could tell you about the amazing project she's close to taking out, but she's keeping this one under tight wraps for a good reason. It's high concept with unusual paranormal elements that is unlike anything I've seen out there. This is not vampires, werewolves or fairies and I see her series working very well as a movie or television series. But she could tell you how her writing is far different now than her earlier award-winning suspense novels. One of the great advantages I've found from developing BREAK INTO FICTION is having a more efficient way to pull together large, complex stories. This is the book we would have liked to have had when we started, but are glad to have in our hands now.

M.B.: As you teach so do you learn. That was one of the most amazing aspects of working with 10 or 15 or 20 some writers at a time in our intense BREAK INTO FICTION Plot Retreats. Seeing students get excited about their own work was inspirational. Dianna and I always try to build in some serious plot time on our own stories when we get together, whether it's before presenting at BEA [Book Expo of America where we presented by request from the folks at Writer's Digest] or giving a workshop somewhere around the country. Give us a few hours and we can hammer out not only a plot, but have a great time pushing one another to think bigger, think outside the box and step up our writing. Our biggest challenge has been to find the time to write given our travel and presentation schedules. Now that the BREAK INTO FICTION book is out, and writers have their own personal program in the book to learn from, we're working seriously to free up more FICTION FIRST time for each of us.

M.L: Visiting both your individual websites as well as the BREAK INTO FICTION website makes my head spin with all the workshops, presentations and touring you do. Do you have any tips for time management?

D.L.: Writers ask me all the time "How do you get so much done?" but they aren't always happy with the answer . I do whatever it takes to write. I write everywhere I go and give up recreational time/events to get my pages done. I do what it takes. I have never approached anything in business with a "clock" mentality. In other words, I don't tell myself I "deserve" every weekend and holiday off, especially if I have a deadline looming. I find holidays a great time to work because the phone doesn't ring as much and e-mails are quiet. I set a goal of getting a project completed by X date and treat that as carved in stone even though that date is generally several weeks before my actual deadline. This allows me room for the unexpected illness or family issue that might run me late. I do take time for my husband and family, but any day that is not specifically set aside for something special is a work day -- 7 days a week. I get up at 5 a.m., even on Sunday. If I'm not on track to hit my "early" deadline, I get up even earlier and work longer. Every person has to find the way to reach their writing goals if they want to have a career in writing. Better to get a plan before selling because you will need that discipline once you do sell.

M.B.: If there's a strong enough will, you will find a way. Given that as a starting
point, the following tips might be helpful.
  • Know that no one is given more time than you are. What you do with your time is your choice.
  • Find what you are willing to give up to devote more time to writing. TV? Computer surfing? Meetings? There's always some way to rearrange a schedule if you want to write bad enough.
  • Create an accountability person or group. Someone, or some people, who will not let you give excuses for why you didn't get your writing or revision or submission done. Give yourself the same permission to do what you need to do to write as you would a loved one, your best friend, your child.
  • Seek out and surround yourself with other writers who will get published or stay published, because they will accept nothing less. Learn from them!
  • Build in Fill the Well time, when you support your creativity by whatever makes you passionate.
  • Know that the road to being published, and staying published, is a process, not an end all or be all. Didn't get your pages written today? Learn what stopped you and start again tomorrow.
M.L: Recently you've had an amazing Event on your BREAK INTO FICTION website www.BreakIntoFiction.com called The 5 for 5 Writer's Extravaganza. Can you share what that was and if you'll be doing it again?

D.L.: We wanted to offer a FREE tutorial program on our website -- with no passwords or sign in issues -- for writers where published authors of all levels shared their insights on Character, Conflict, Dialogue, Point of View and Plotting. We asked authors to choose 3 topics and share their thoughts then posted 5 author replies for 5 days. The response from both authors and visitors was incredible. I thoroughly enjoyed the information shared, and every writer I've spoken to who visited had something glowing to say about the event. It helps to read how authors from different genres (we had a wide selection of genres) approach their craft. Writers from all over the world gained new insights on writing, and an appreciation for how authors constantly give back to the writing community.

M.B.: I have to give Dianna all the credit for the concept behind the 5 for 5 Event, which was marvelous, not only for us, but for the more than 110,000 readers and writers that visited us that week. By having so many great writers at so many different stages of their careers from recently published to multi-published and NYT best selling authors each talking about the same craft aspects, it was an in-depth tutorial that was simply amazing. If one or two authors say the same thing, it's one thing, but when you have 25 authors bringing home the same points said in slightly different ways, it's mind-expanding. I can't wait for us to do it again!

M.L.: Can you tell writers what makes BREAK INTO FICTION different from other plotting books currently out in the market?

D.L.: Our book is about creating Character-Driven Plots that are compelling stories with strong characters. When I started writing I constantly heard a debate about writing Character-based stories vs. Plot-heavy stories. There is no debate -- you need both character and plot woven so tightly they become one. BREAK INTO FICTION is based on programs we teach nationally to all levels and all genres of fiction writers on how to build a Character-Driven Plot. We wouldn't have considered writing a craft book if not for the enormous demand for our program and the realization we could never teach everyone. Time and again, writers ask "can you tell me how to fix a sagging middle?" or "can you explain how to fix a motivation problem?" or "the rejection letter said my book wasn't big enough -- can you tell me how to make it bigger?" and so on. You don't just fix 'one' issue most of the time -- it's a matter of understanding what makes a powerful story. Writers who tackle a story alone who use our book feel like they now have the benefit of a critique partner. Critique groups are getting copies for everyone in their group so they can all grow as writers together and challenge each other using the questions from our worksheets. This book finally gives fiction writers a way to create and revise with confidence.

M.B.: One of the key areas that sets BREAK INTO FICTION apart is that it's designed to get a writer writing on THEIR story immediately. No reading through 200 or 300 pages of what you should do with no practical way to apply the concepts. We've had writers telling us that not only have they broken through on elements of a plot that have kept them blocked or stymied, but that in as little as a coffee break they have strengthened, improved and understood elements of their own stories that have been missing. We've seen writers take story concepts and turn them into strong stories with BREAK INTO FICTION template questions and we've seen so-so stories develop breadth and width into strong, compelling plots that are exciting. All by asking key questions of their story at key places in their plot. That's very exciting!

M.L.: I see where Dianna will be at ThrillerFest in July then you'll both be presenting workshops at RWA National Conference in Washington D.C. the next week. Can you tell us what you're presenting, and when, as well as any special activities you have planned?

D.L.: I'm attending my first ThrillerFest in New York the weekend of July 8-12th where I'll be on a panel discussing collaborations from 3-4 p.m. on Sat., July 11th then signing afterward. Mary, myself and Pocket Executive Editor Lauren McKenna will be presenting a panel workshop at RWA National the next week entitled, "Do You REALLY Know what a Bigger Book is?" from 2-3 p.m. on Fri. July 17th. Then Mary will give a workshop from 4-5 p.m., Sat. July 18th on Body Language: Writing Compelling Characters of Both Sexes. *We'll be giving away copies of BREAK INTO FICTION at all of our workshops.

M.B.: Dianna will also be signing at the RWA Literacy signing in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, July 15th, and for folks registered for the conference, you can attend the Pocket Spotlight to receive free copies of Whispered Lies and Phantom in the Night that Dianna will be signing. Dianna is also offering a SPECIAL RAFFLE just for those who have her sign any books (you can bring your copies from home) during the RWA Literacy event and/or the Pocket Spotlight. You'll get a raffle for every book signed that enters you in a drawing for one of several BAD Agency T-shirts, an embroidered BAD Agency tote bag and a black denim jacket with the Bad Moon Rising logo embroidered on the back and the small on the front (Bad Moon Rising is #1 NYT best seller Sherrilyn Kenyon's August hardback release). We both are also available from Wednesday to Saturday to sign copies of the BREAK INTO FICTION book, which will be available for sale at the Conference book room.

M.L.: Last question! Do you have any plans for a follow up book to BREAK INTO FICTION?

D.L.: We have other progress in the works and a huge interest from the educational systems across the country, but the next nonfiction book will have to come after our current fiction projects. Also, we like to vet our programs with writers. As I mentioned earlier -- we listen to writers. In listening, we also learn so that when we do put the program in a book, it's been tried and tested.

M.B.: Yes and no to another nonfiction project ;) We've created a daylong workshop designed to teach the elements necessary to think about and consider before you ever sit down to plot. Because of observing writers get stuck in their story or the key story elements. At some point we'll pull these concepts into our next nonfiction project, but for now our motto is FICTION FIRST.

*** Dianna and Mary are donating an autographed copy of BREAK INTO FICTION and a copy of Whispered Lies to be given away in a drawing of everyone who posts today.

We hope you enjoyed Margie's interview with Dianna Love and Mary Buckham. Join Five Scribes next month on July 25, 2009, when Margie Lawson's How-to-expert will be renowned editor, Chris Roerdon, author of DON'T MURDER YOUR MYSTERY and DON'T SABOTAGE YOUR SUBMISSION.




157 comments:

Kathy said...

Wow y'all gave out great information and I think th ebook woudl be well worth the price. You two say basically the same thing plant your tail in the chair and write but you give us a helpful book to go along with it. I'm waving hi to Margie she's taught me so much through her classes. I sent off a much better partial than the ten pages from the contest I won thanks to Margie. *\:)/* I will be going back and rereading this blog again later today to absorb more info.
Thanks for your time and effort, Mary, Dianna and Margie too.
Kathy Crouch

Emma Sanders said...

This is great info and I can't wait to read the book! This will probably (definitely) be the best writing help book yet!

Dianna Love said...

Hi Kathy -

I'm glad anything we share helps a writer - the whole point in Mary and I putting together that book. Not all writers have the advantage of attending conferences and live workshops, but they are just as serious and dedicated to learning the craft.

Margie is wonderful and her programs are top notch.

I admire her and Mary Buckham for doing so many online programs. I stay so far behind with emails and everything else on the internet I can't imagine keeping up with the daily rigor of online workshops. They are to be commended for that.

Thanks for stopping by.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Emma -

Thanks for the kind words about our Break Into Fiction book. When Mary and I finished the book we looked at each other and said, "where was this when WE started?" "g"

I'm east coast and Mary is Pacific Northwest coast so she'll be out here a little later.

thanks for stopping by today.

Debbie Kaufman said...

Morning Dianna and Mary! I have to say to all that Break Into Fiction is one of the most useful workshops I've ever attended. You just have plotted until you've plotted with these ladies!

(No contest entry necessary)

Anna said...

Hi!

This book sounds like just what I need. I'm currently wading through some 'helpful' books that have no 'how to' advice after several chapters.

Your comment about characters reacting instead of being proactive struck a chord with me too.

I'm definitely going to check out the websites you listed too. Thanks for helping us all!

Nicola Marsh said...

Great interview (I'm another Margie convert!)and congrats Dianna and Mary, the book looks fabulous.

I have a question: what was the hardest part about writing a 'how-to' book?

As writers, we all have different processes. Did you use the processes that work best for you or collate information from a variety of sources?

Thanks!

Kelly L Stone said...

Hi Dianna and Mary!

So good to see you here. I always enjoy reading your thoughts and comments on writing.

Break Into Fiction, the book and the workshop, have really illuminated the writing process for me and, as Mary mentioned, helped me to understand not the *how* of writing so much as the structure of commercial fiction, which had never been explained to me before in a way that I could understand. I have learned so much from the book, the workshop, and Mary's online classes.

And both of you are so darn nice, too!! :-)

Best wishes,
Kelly L Stone

Edie Ramer said...

Your book sounds awesome! I'm a combination pantser/plotter, mostly on the pantser side. I love reading books on writing, but lately it seems like I'm reading what I already know. I think your book will have some new ideas, and I'm eager to read it.

Donnell said...

Good morning, Dianna, Mary and Margie, thanks for joining The Five Scribes today to talk about Break into Fiction and your other fabulous work. Disqualifying myself from the drawing, but I just had to say, when I read Mary's tips, I could see her saying them. She sat in my home office and gave me sage advice much like it a couple years back, and it was much appreciated. Best wishes on the sell of your fiction novel. Dianna, I know you'll love ThrillerFest. See everyone at National.

Donnell said...

Whoops, 'sale' not sell of you fiction book. Moving my mother for the past few days and I need caffeine. Still DQd from drawing ;)

ozambersand said...

Hi
I am really looking forward to reading your book.
I finally drummed up the courage to start writing after attending the ARRConference in Melbourne in February. Hi Dianna!!!!
Hearing how so many of you have been writing for years makes the whole process extremely daunting.
However with the help of Margie Lawson's lectures and a couple of other courses (including a great one by CJ Lyons), I am finally getting there.
I am up to the last chapter of my first draft of my first WIP (65,000). In a way, I hate having to end it. However, I can see at least three more books in the series, so there's light on the horizon.
Hopefully I can edit the first (using Margie's system) while writing the next ones, lol.
I know which characters I want to write about (they've appeared in my first book - sort of...). I know the themes I want to explore with them using their personalities.
Now to develop a plot and setting which will maximize the potential.
Thanks to you and Margie and all the others that provide such great info to us newbies!
Alison aka Ozambersand

Marilyn Baron said...

Thanks to Margie, Dianna and Mary for the great interview. My daughter and I recently attended a session with Dianna at the Roswell Library about power openings and we learned a lot. I can't wait to read Break into Fiction. I also won one of the BAD agency T shirts. It's really cool.

Dianna is the ultimate energizer bunny. She is a power house and everyone at Georgia Romance Writers is thankful for her support. She is especially generous with her time to new writers. My daughter is just starting out as a writer and Dianna has been extremely patient and helpful to her. In fact, she just finished her YA book. Talk about nose to the grindstone. She and her writing partner worked day and night with hardly any breaks. I could learn from her.

I enjoyed hearing about how Dianna and Mary met, their writing process and all their valuable advice. I also appreciate Dianna's support of our new writing blog, Petit Fours and Hot Tamales.

Marilyn Baron

dianecurran said...

I really can't work out whether I want to plot or pants. Last Nano, I outlined the story before I started, and the characters got carried away. 130k later,I reached the end. Now I am totally pantsing, and the memory of the plotting is throwing me awry. Maybe Break into Fiction would help me to work out what kind of breeder I actually am. The books sounds great.

quite frankly said...

I cannot wait to get my hands on this book. It sounds like exactly what I need to help me get my rear in gear. I love the whole concept and know that it will be what finally helps me either fish or cut bait. Cliches aside, thanks to the both of you for creating such an awesome book! -Mimi B.

Tammy Schubert said...

Hi, Mary and Dianna!

I really enjoyed the interview. Thank you for the amazing programs you present for writers. I just got my Break Into Fiction book, and I'm using it for my new novel.

Are there any plans to offer the templates in electronic format?

Tammy Schubert

Peg said...

Can't wait to get my copy! I've taken many of Mary's classes and I still pull out my notes while I'm writing. I think this system would help me with the dreaded "sagging middle!" I was interested to read that it can be applied to a first draft during the revision process. Sounds like just what my current revision project needs!

Cher Gorman said...

Hi Diana!!!

Hi Mary!!!

Waving madly to both these fabulous women!

I just got Break Into Fiction--I'm planning to use it for my next project. Can't wait! I don't think of myself as a good plotter or good anything really. I'm still fumbling around trying to write the best books I can. I'm hoping your book will change all that.

Diana, I wish you, me and the other Uber Sistas could have just one more day together at Margie's. :-) Breakfast for sure or better yet lunch with some of Tom's shepherd's pie. Yum!! Then Margie crackin' the Deep Edit whip. (chuckle) I miss you guys so much!

Mary, hope we can actually meet face to face one of these days. Love reading your newsletter and hearing about all of your accomplishments.

You and Diana are amazing!

Take care my lovelies,

Cher

Diana Cosby said...

Hi Dianna and Mary! Will are you slotted to come to Dallas in the future? I'm so thrilled for you both. I wish you every success! *Hugs*

Diana Cosby
Romance Edged With Danger

JanLo said...

Loved your book. I bought it the first day and love the templates. The next book sounds wonderful. You just have to find time to write it amongst your otherwise light schedules - :o) Can't wait to read it! I'll plan on seeing you folks at RWA. And, Hi Margie!

Missy Tippens said...

What a great interview! Thanks for all the great info!

Missy

Dianna Love said...

Hi Debbie -

Thanks for the wonderful endorsement of our book. We have been fortunate to have bright, talented writers in our Plotting Retreats that made it a joy.

thanks for stopping by.

Dianna Love said...

Margie -

Before I get too busy yakking - as usual "g" - thank YOU for the great support of our book and program. We're thrilled to be invited to share on your blog today.

For those of you who haven't attended Margie's Immersion Master Class you have to do it. I participated in her first on just over a month ago and thoroughly enjoyed it, plus the wonderful hospitality of Margie & Tom (who cooks for you...you know I love men who cook since my husband does!).

Big hand for Margie and all the great things she brings to writers.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Anna -

Yes, our book starts you working on YOUR story from the very beginning. It sounds like a small thing - reacting instead of acting - but it makes huge difference. Kudos for catching that in something you're working on. I'd give out Gold stars but Mary has all of them and will be here soon (if not already...I haven't read all the way down yet).

thanks for coming by.

Diana said...

Great information! Thanks for sharing.
Diana
dlbrandmeyer@gmail.com

Dianna Love said...

Hi Nicola -

Mary and I have been teaching the Power Plotting program for a couple years. We've taught all the programs in the book so we basically took what we already had in massive files of notes and put that into book form. I don't know that we could have written it without having taught it first (not that someone else couldn't, but we learned so much from the writers about what "they" needed from us during the live workshops we felt it made a huge difference in the final product of the book).

I will suggest to anyone writing a nonfiction book to get Michael Larson's HOW TO WRITE A BOOK PROPOSAL for the best how-to book on writing a nonfiction proposal and submitting.

thanks for stopping by.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Kelly -

Thanks for your feedback on the classes and book. I hear glowing comments about Mary's online classes all the time - great place to learn the craft, as is Margie's workshops.

BTW - for those of you who don't know Kelly L. Stone - she has been published in nonfiction quite often, with her current release being TIME TO WRITE - showing you how to be productive with your writing time. And her new one coming this October is THINKING WRITE - which is a fascinating book on how to access your conscious, subconscious and preconscious areas for mining creative information. That's not even touching the surface of how enlightening this book is and it will come with a cd for relaxing so you can use her techniques immediately. Go to her website (www.kellylstone.com) to get more info.

I already have my copy on order.

thanks for coming by, Kelly.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Edie -
You're like me - I call myself a hybrid, because I'm a type-A who likes to have things organized, but I don't like to be restricted in writing a story.

I think you'll find our Break Into Fiction book is very different in that you work on YOUR story as you learn.

thanks for stopping by.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Donnell -
LOL - saw your second post and totally missed the "sell" mistype in the first one. Thanks for visiting today and for your encouraging words.

I am really looking forward to ThrillerFest and RWA this year. See you there!

Karen said...

I can't wait to get my hands on your book! I'm a reformed pantster who learned the hard way that I need a plan to avoid the sagging middle.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Alison -

We had a blast in Melbourne with you and everyone who traveled to share that weekend.

I'm thrilled to hear you are moving ahead with your writing. I met a reader at a reader's event several years back who made the comment that she had a story idea but wasn't pursuing it. I told her it's just ink and paper - why not sit down and write it.

Fast forward a couple years and she's a Golden Heart finalist this year who has won some other national awards. I am so thrilled when I see that happen.

So, good luck with yours and the best thing you can do is to keep working to improve your craft every day.

thanks for coming by.

terrio said...

Due to circumstances, I'm just this minute dedicating myself to writing for real and I'm thinking this book is exactly what I need. I've been on the fence between plotting and pantsing. Sounds like this book can get that fence out of the way.

Thanks to Margie for your great e-courses (which I've only been able to lurk in but I always learn a ton!) and thank you for this interview. If I don't win (fingers crossed!) I'll be picking up my copy this weekend.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Marilyn -

(and an extra hello to all my friends from the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales blog who I see visiting today).

You have to be very proud of your daughter for her commitment to writing. I'm sure having a talented mother who is serious about her writing is a huge help. It was so nice to see both of you at the library event.

I have a selfish reason for staying so involved with everyone at GRW, especially the not-yet-published writers - your enthusiasm and joy for writing makes me so happy. I love to see the break-throughs in a story and ah-ha moments. I love to hear good news. I love to hear the progress you all make towards publishing and get to Snoopy dance for days when I hear about a sale.

Thanks for your kind words about our programs and the book, and for stopping by.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Diane -

The great news is - IT DOESN'T MATTER if you're a plotter or pantser. You don't really have to figure it out, or at least that's how Mary and I feel about it. All you have to do is find the best way to create your story. Our book is geared for the plotter who has to put everything in order, the pantser who wants to start with a blank paper and go for it, and the hybrid - ME - who likes to do some bits of both.

What you can get from Break Into Fiction is a way to either figure it out in advance or to fix it during the revision process if the characters take off on their own trip or the plot break down somewhere.

So do what you like best and don't worry "what" you are other than - you are a writer.

thanks for coming by.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Mimi -

Haha...I love the fish or cut bait analogy as I'm heading down south to see family in Biloxi for the first time in months and plan to cut bait and fish.

I hope the book is big help to you and your story is out there being shopped very soon.

thanks for coming by.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Tammy -

Thanks for getting the book! Great seeing you this past weekend.

We can't do anything electronic on the templates yet as we're in discussions about an electronic version or possibly a dvd of the program. But if you're on our Break Into Fiction newsletter (on our website) you'll know the minute we do.

thanks for coming by!

Kathy McIntosh said...

I'm in awe of all three of you for the many things you accomplish. Break into Fiction sounds great. I feared another how-to book, but working with my novel should be useful.
I have taken Margie's online and live workshops and loved 'em. How does Break into Fiction mesh with Margie's ideas? Is yours more about before I set down my words and hers more about after?
Thanks to all of you. Hi to Mary...we met at Murder in the Grove a few years back!

angel28140 said...

Diana and Mary,

This sounds like exactly what my current WIP needs while it's stuck at the one quarter mark. Not sure if this has been asked already, but what does your workshop offer that the book doesn't cover, because the book sounds pretty perfect?

Dianna Love said...

Hi Peg -

If you're taking Mary's classes you're on the right track. As I told a DJ in a radio interview the other day, this book is like having your own personal critique partner that asks questions pertinent to your story.

In fact, we've heard from a lot of critique groups who use this book to guide their group on how to brainstorm and revise.

thanks for stopping by.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Cher -

LOL - I'm still laughing over some of those lines everyone came up with. I can't look at a sentence the same way now without thinking "that could be backloaded..."

We did have a great group and super time. I know I need to catch up with the ubersistas - as soon as Firefox lets me sign on (argh...me and technology!).

Say hello to everyone and I can't wait to see your finished project.

thanks for stopping by!e

Tiffany James said...

Dianna & Mary,

Yeah! Finally a craft book that will *gasp* get me writing right off the bat. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this one.

I had the pleasure of meeting Dianna at the Romancing the Rockies conference in May in Colorado. Her keynote speech was awe-inspiring.

Mary, I hope to meet you soon. The two of you are a force with which to be reckoned. :0)

Thank you for all of your hard work and for being willing to share it was us!

Tiffany

Dianna Love said...

Hi Diana -

Yes, Mary and I will be in Dallas - but it will be 2010. Dallas was one of the two organizations that won a workshop during our June giveaway on our Break Into Fiction site. I'll be in Dallas this August with Sherrilyn Kenyon - we're touring with her new Dark-Hunter(R) book BAD MOON RISING. The tour dates will be on my site - www.AuthorDiannaLove.com by July 1st but I think we'll hit Dallas on Wed, Aug 5th (that night at a bookstore).

Thanks for the kind words. Hope to see you somewhere soon.

and thanks for stopping by.

jessi said...

Good morning, ladies. Love the time management suggestions, and of course, every thing else. You're so right about the wealth of information out there, it all becomes so overwhelming. I find myself becoming obsessed on learning only one part of the writing process, during which time I'm forgetting what I obsessed over the week before!
Mary, your partner-in-crime has me completely intrigued about your upcoming project. Can't wait to find out more, good thing I'm signed up for your newsletter.
Take care.

Tiffany James said...

Margie,

Great interview! Thanks for bringing these two lovely ladies in for your "How to" series.


Donnell,

Thanks for getting Margie and her series on Five Scribes! :0)

Tiffany

Sandy Elzie said...

Hi Dianna & Mary,

I'm still using the skills taught in the Break Into Fiction weekend class and will be getting your new book in the very near future.

Can't wait to "do lunch" and enjoyed seeing you Sat at GRW. My new writer guest was blown away at the Q&A you did and even just getting to meet you!

Thanks for what you do for all writers.

Mary, thanks for your on-line classes. Body language is soooo important to master.

Sandy

Diana Cosby said...

Dianna Love said:

Yes, Mary and I will be in Dallas - but it will be 2010.

~Fabulous. I'm looking forward to the workshop. I know it'll be fantastic!

Thanks for the kind words. Hope to see you somewhere soon.

~Definitely. I know your tour with Sherrilyn Kenyon will be fabulous. She's such a nice person. Have a great day!

Diana Cosby
Romance Edged With Danger

Conda V. Douglas said...

Great info, as I've come to expect from you gals. And Margie, I'm still digesting (oops, cliche) all the great info from your workshop in Boise. Thanks!

Margie Lawson said...

Dianna and Mary --

You two are AMAZING . . . and BRILLIANT!

You know I am as impressed with BREAK INTO FICTION -- as I am with each of you.

Thank you for the interview, and for taking the time to respond to blog posts today. All comments are appreciated.

Dianna - It was so fun having you in my first Immersion Master Class!

You personify wit, wisdom, and at times, whacky. :-)

Looking forward to seeing Mary and Dianna and everyone at RWA National!

All smiles.......Margie

Margie Lawson said...

BLOG GUESTS --

I'll draw names for the three give-aways at 9PM Mountain Time.

Anyone who posts to the blog before 9PM MT will be included in the drawing.

Great to see so many smiling Margie-grads here. ;-))

All smiles..........Margie

Jaxine Daniels said...

What an amazing interview, Mary, Dianna and Margie. It's so amazing that even published authors want to learn more craft. It's never ENOUGH. I found the comment about getting the pages done no matter what particularly true and particularly timely for me right now.

Thanks so much and I'm definitely intrigued.

Dianna Love said...

JanLo –

Thanks for getting the book. So glad to hear you’re busy working through it, which means you are working on your book! Yes, we need time to do a lot of things, but are so thrilled to see this book get published.

I’ll be at the RWA literacy signing so please stop by to say hello. 
Thanks for coming by today.

Darcy Crowder said...

Dianna & Mary -

I've been so fortunate to attend your Break Into Fiction class when you visited Atlanta. Thank you so much, it's by far one of the best writing experiences I've had. Your help and insights were invaluable. [g]

Margie - I've purchased three of your workshop manuals to date and love all of them.

I can't thank you ladies enough for all you do for the unpublished. It makes me so proud to be a member of the writing community. I can't wait for my chance to pay it all back!

Darcy

Mary Buckham said...

Margie and Donnell ~~

Thank you both for inviting Dianna and I to be here today and to share wtih such a great group of excited writers!! The act of writing can be an isolating endeavor but to learn the craft of writing can counter balance that. So again -- thank you for having us and a thank you to all the Five Scribe bloggers and visitors!

Dianna Love said...

Hi Missy –

I so enjoyed watching you sign your new book HIS FOREVER LOVE last weekend and have it on my nightstand, ready for my next reading break.

Thanks for stopping by.

Mary Buckham said...

Kathy C ~~
How fun to have you pop over today and post. One of these days we'll have to meet face-to-face. Maybe at the Olympia Borders Event at the end of July--in your neck of the woods I belive. I love how you give yourself permission to visit and revisit information [such as this blog] to help you move forward in your writing. That's a skill that will serve you well over a long and fruitful carrer!
Cheers ~~ Mary B

Mary Buckham said...

Hi Emma ~~ Thanks for your kind words on the BREAK INTO FICTION book. If this book helps one writer achieve their dream of seeing publication -- it will be a success to us!
All the best in your writing endeavors ~~ Mary B

Dianna Love said...

Donnell -
I didn't know you did all that work posting this blog. Thanks a bunch for that (you are obviously waaaaaayyy more techno capable than me). As I've said before, of all the things I've lost I miss my mind the most.

Super thanks to you and Margie for inviting us in today.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Diana –

You’re welcome and thanks for coming out to visit with us.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Karen –

No reforming needed if you’re happier writing your book first then fixing during the revision process. A sagging middle is not that hard to fix, but I agree that it’s better to avoid it from the beginning.

Thanks for coming out to visit.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Terrio –

What a wonderful thing to hear that you’re ready to jump in and move forward on your writing. We’ve found the main reason writers stall out or hesitate to move forward is that they aren’t sure where the story is going or what to do when they have a beginning and/or an end, but can’t fill in all the gaps.

Good for you to decide today is the day! Thanks for sharing that with us and for coming out to visit today.

Dianna Love said...

Kathy –

Thanks for the nice compliment. I’m surprised some days by where I am with my writing when I think about sitting down for the first time to write in 2001. You have no idea where your writing will go or take you until you give it wings to fly.

Break Into Fiction teaches you Character-Driven Plotting that starts with developing your character, moves to conflict and openings then to plotting the actual story. Once you have your plot flushed out, use the other templates to assure your Ending is powerful and use the Pacing template check each scene to assure your plot is growing and changing so you don’t end up with a series of incidents or nonspecific actions. Break Into Fiction is intended to be a comprehensive program to help you build a powerful story with strong characters whether it is in the inception stage or during revision.

I’m not familiar with “all” Margie’s programs since she’s so prolific in developing great new ways to help writers, but I think you can use what you learn from her in the initial writing and/or the final drafting. I don’t labor over a lot of words during the draft phase because I prefer to get the story down while it’s fresh. But, that being said, I often catch myself creating fresh phrases in the initial draft because of thinking that way – so once you learn something I think you use it every time you write.

I hope there was an answer in all that for you. “g”
Thanks for coming out to visit.

Mary Buckham said...

Hi there Darcy ~~

So fun to see you here today! It was both a privelage and an honor to work with so many writers across the country in the BREAK INTO FICTION plotting retreats. Nothing is quite as inspiring as a room full of writers who are willing to dig deep and deeper to learn the craft of writing! Thanks for being in Atlanta and for stopping by to touch base.

Cheers ~~ Mary B

Dianna Love said...

Hi Angel -
We think the book is capable of showing you how to improve your plot and how to brainstorm new ideas on your own as you work through the elementsof your story. What you get in a live workshop is the benefit of us sharing more examples and going into more detail about some points then brainstorming on your story with you. Some people just learn better in a live environment where they can interact, but we can only do so many a year and right now I can’t do any in the near future due to things I’m committed on. Mary is offering a private retreat for 10 people or less when she has time to do one in her schedule.

The next best thing for those who can’t afford the time or expense to do a live retreat, or don’t want to wait is to get a couple more people who will study the material in the book with you then brainstorm your way through answers on each other’s books. You all know how to do this, but it sometimes takes giving your brain a nudge in a new direction to find the answers that are better than the first thing that comes to mind.

TheaH said...

Great stuff! Very helpful, just in the questions and answers! I loved the Phantom book.

Thanks for sharing!

Dianna Love said...

Hi Tiffany –
You are too funny. You sound like me and Mary when we thought “wouldn’t that be a novel idea…a resource book on how to build a novel using YOUR own story?”

Thank you for the sweet words about my keynote. I had a great time at Colorado’s conference.

Thanks for stopping by and for the compliment though our husbands are the two that have to ‘reckon’ with us the most. “g”

Mary Buckham said...

Debbie K ~~ Hey! Good to see you and others of the talented Petit Fours and Hot Tamales bloggers here today. You guys rock!! I also want to congratulate you on your uber talented son-in-law. The trailer he did for Dianna's latest -Whispered Lies -- is amazing. Must be fun to have so much talent in your family - and that includes you too!
Looking forward to seeing you at M&M in October!

Cheers ~~ Mary B

Mary Buckham said...

Anna ~~

Oh, we hear you on the challenge of How To books that talk at you but then leave you to figure out how to apply the materal. There's nothing more frustrating than to think you're translating the tips to the page and then find out you're doing more of the same ol' same ol'. In an ideal world all writers would periodically have a chance to sit down with someone who would push them to the next level in their writing. Our sincerest hope is that using BREAK INTO FICTION will do that and that's what we're hearing from writers already. Which is super cool!
Thanks for stopping by and all the best on your writing! ~~ Mary B

Dianna Love said...

Hi Jessi –

I’ll let Mary answer about her upcoming project, but it’s very exciting. (I know, we all hate a tease….)

Isn’t it amazing that we went from searching high and low to get “any” information we could find on how to writer to the point we’re so overloaded you can’t retain everything in a comprehensive way. We hope those who get our book will have an easier time to figuring out how to build a powerful story, but not stop there in the learning process. However, once you have a firm grasp of the craft and feel confident about how your story develops it’s much easier to then add a little more at a time to your tool box of information.

Thanks for stopping by and for signing up on our newsletter.

Mary Buckham said...

Nicola ~~

Great question on the challenges with writing a How To Book. Breaking any subject down into bitable chunks is IMO the biggest challenge while making those chunks available to a broad range of writers. That's what I believe Dianna and I found when we taught the live BREAK INTO FICTION retreats. When we could see that newer writers, pre-published writers and writers with 40 to 70 books to thier names ALL came away with a deeper understanding of what it means to plot a commercial fiction book -- then that was the point we knew we had created something different and needed. This is the book Dianna and I wished we'd had to cut a few years off our learning curves, and that said, we still use the concepts in our current work.
Hope this answers your questions and thanks for asking ~~ Mary B

Dianna Love said...

Hi Sandy –
Oh, that’s so nice to hear (read). I love to meet new people at the GRW meetings – anywhere, in fact – so it was my pleasure. I’m always impressed by published authors who think like me and Mary – to never stop learning the craft. I know you’re a super example to the others when you join us in a workshop. I’m excited about you signing your first book THE DIPLOMATIC TUTOR for me at the Moonlight & Magnolias conference this October. Mary does present a super Body Language class – which she’ll be giving at RWA national this July.

For those who don’t know, Mary Buckham and I will be teaching a special Power Up Your Proposal workshop at the Moonlight & Magnolias conference in Atlanta the first weekend in October. If you can’t make national this year then consider M&M as a great alternative. Margie gave a special workshop for them last year and they are still raving about it.

Thanks for coming by today and see you soon for our “lunch” (yes, that is a code word – the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales won the high bid on the Brenda Novak Diabetes Auction in May for a private lunch we’re going to enjoy soon).

Mary Buckham said...

Thea ~~Wasn't PHANTOM IN THE NIGHT fun! If you haven't grabbed a copy yet of WHISPERED LIES I know you'll enjoy that too. One of the super cool things with working with Dianna is I get to find out what's happening with members of the BAD Agency all the time and even then I can't wait to get my own copy of the latest release!
Thanks for dropping in today.
Cheers ~~ Mary B

Mary Buckham said...

Kelly L ~~ Always delightful to see you in cyber space! Ditto to what Dianna shared about your outstanding books. TIME TO WRITE is just what the doctor ordered for any author struggling with finding the time and space to write and I can't wait fot THINKING WRITING to get on the bookshelves this October. Great job Kelly! and thanks for poppling in today.
Cheers ~~ Mary B

Stephen D. Rogers said...

Great interview. I'm buying the book tomorrow.

Mary Buckham said...

Hello Edie - so nice to have you here today and thanks for jumping in. We hear you with craft books and workshops that tend to recycle information rather than present a new twist or slant on the subject. Great news is that means that you have moved along in your writing so need to be challenged to go to the next level. I can highly endorse Margie's classes - live and online for doing that and here's hoping BREAK INTO FICTION will do that for you too!
Cheers ~~ Mary B

Dianna Love said...

Hi Conda –

Hahahaha… gotta watch out with Margie on cliché alert.

How true that we take a workshop then keep mentally digesting it as we think over the bits and pieces of what we learn.

Thanks for coming by.

Mary Buckham said...

Donnell ~~ Too fun -- I loved your home office and the delightful lunch we shared in Colorado Springs with you Margie and myself. I can't wait for the day I get your books in my hands and, given your committment to the craft of writing and willingness to keep showing up at the page -- I have no doubt that time will come sooner rather than later!
I'm cheering you on ~~ Mary B

Dianna Love said...

Hi Jaxine –

I could never stop learning. It would be like not breathing. And I don’t decide a class based on someone’s publishing background, but rather on the material they are offering to teach. I don’t care if I some day have a hundred books published, I will still be looking for something new to use in my writing.

Thanks for stopping by and definitely get your pages done no matter what.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Darcy –

Thanks for the great feedback on our class. You’re like Marilyn with a daughter who is also writing – so your drive to write has been a good influence at home.

Like so many on this blog today, you’ve been giving back all along by helping your local chapter and welcoming new writers to our genre.

Thanks for stopping by and great seeing you this past weekend.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Thea

Glad this has been helpful. Thanks for reading Phantom In The Night and sharing that you enjoyed it.

Nice of you to stop by today.

Mary Buckham said...

Hey Stephen ~~

How fun to see you here today! Those writers interested in learning more about writing Mysteries and Suspense -- Stephen will be teaching an online class at www.WriterUniv.com starting July 6th. I for one am very excited to learn from you and can't wait till the class begins! Thank you for popping in today and I hope you enjoy your copy of BREAK INTO FICTION!
Cheers ~~ Mary B

Dianna Love said...

Hi Stephen -

Thanks for getting the book and good luck with your writing.


thanks for stopping by today.

Mary Buckham said...

Jax ~~how nice to see you here today!Are you still flitting between Denver and Florida? I miss seeing you at the RMFW Conference though I've been unable to attend the last few years. But I will be presenting a day long workshop in Ft. Lauderdale in November. Maybe our paths can cross. Thanks for popping in here and best of luck with your writing!
Cheers ~~ Mary B

Mary Buckham said...

Hello Alison from Oz and super congrats! Being that close to the end of your first manuscript is an amazing feat and well worth a huge round of Hurrahs! Thinking about writing is the first step, writing is a whole new game and welcome to the playing field. Can't wait to hear that soon you'll be submitting and then -- the day you get The Call! Keep doing what you're doing and that day is just around the corner.
Cheers and all the best ~~ Mary B

Mary Buckham said...

Hey Marilyn ~~ How nice to meet another member of the Petit Fours and Hot Tamale bloggers! Dianna mentioned that she had a chance to talk to both you and your daughter at the recent Library event. Gold stars to you for helping your daughter find resources and inspiration to accomplish what she has and gold stars to her for following her dream!
Best to both of you ~~ Mary B

Dianna Love said...

Stephen -
LOL -just realized who you are when I saw Marys post (that's why sometimes it takes two brains when we're doing something "g").

I'm in a truck (my husband is driving) on a bumpy road so I was copying and pasting into a document to type so I didn't end up with half written blogs posted some how ("I" could do that...). I had "stephe" in my cut and paste, which I figured was Stephen.

I've heard everyone raving about your upcoming workshop and hope I can cut out some time to take it. Its right up my alley (uh oh, cliche alert, Margie "g").

thanks again for coming out today.

Mary Buckham said...

Hello Diane C ~~If it helps I've found that some books require more pre-plotting - those with multiple plot lines and layers of characters. Whereas other books simply demand you sit down and write. Great news is there is no one way for all writers or all stories. If you want a more detailed plot and structure map BEFORE you write, use BREAK INTO FICTION before you get to the keyboard. If you want to make sure you have the strongest, most integrated story line possible but just want to go with the flow, then use BREAK INTO FICTION AFTER you've completed the first draft as a revision tool. Free yourself from the process and write! Hope this helps and thanks for stopping by today. Best of luck on all your writing ~~ Mary B

Mary Buckham said...

Hey Conda ~~ If you attended Margie's most recent Boise workshop that means you probably attended MURDER IN THE GROVE. Isn't that a wonderful Conference? And not just because Dianna and I met there several years ago. Always top notch writers, great craft instructors and excited writers -- what more could a writer want! Kudos to Jane Pence, TL Cooper and all the PinC members who work so hard to make that an outstanding venue year after year.
Thanks for popping in today!
Cheers ~~ Mary B

Mary Buckham said...

Mimi ~ thank you for your kind comments. All of us at one time or another need that extra shove that can get us off the bench and back into the playing field. May BREAK INTO FICTION be your ticket to a home run!
Cheers ~~ Mary B

Mary Buckham said...

Hey Tammy ~~ How fun to see you here! I'm sure Dianna has already explained the limitations we have with offering a CD or DVD version at this time. But we're hoping we can soon and when we do we'll shout the news from the rooftops -- and our newsletter -- so if anyone wants to make sure they hear updates on not only what's happening with BREAK INTO FICTION visit www.BreakIntoFiction.com and sign up for the newsletter. While there we also have a great contest with drawings every month for a copy of BREAK INTO FICTION, critiques and more.
Thanks for asking a great question Tammy but then I expect that from you!
Cheers ~~ Mary B

Mary Buckham said...

Hey Peg ~~ How fun to see you here! trust me -- all writers need a hand now and again. It's the smart ones - like yourself -- who know to go out and find the information that can make a difference in your writing. Kudos to you and all writers willing to learn more!
Cheers and thanks for popping in ~~ Mary B

Mary Buckham said...

Hey Cher ~~ I have heard the most amazing things about Margie's live Immersion workshop -- kudos to you for being there and digging into your own work. It's one of the many things I admire about Dianna -- she's a repeat NYT author and constantly raises the bar on her own writing. How cool is that!
Thanks for stopping by today and here's hoping one of these days our live paths will cross too!
Cheers ~~ Mary B

Mary Buckham said...

Diana C ~~ How fun to have you pop in here and I'm doing the happy dance that Dianna and I will be heading to Dallas in 2010! And Toronto too as they were our other BREAK INTO FICTION grand prize winner. And the GRW folks bid and won a workshop from us from the Brenda Novak auction so we'll be appearing in Atlanta in 2010, as well as going to the Black Diamond RWA group in San Francisco - another Breand Novak winner! In the meantime we hope you enjoy BREAK INTO FICTION, the book, and have fun with your writing!

Cheers ~~ Mary B

Mary Buckham said...

Hey Jan ~~ Thank you for buying, and using the bREAK INTO FICTION book - delighted that you're learning from it! I just read the other day that only 10% of non-fiction books that are bought are actually read. Go figure! So kudos to you and all the best with your writing!

Cheers ~~ Mary B

Mary Buckham said...

Hi Sandy and thank you for stopping by today! I bet Diana's live workshop this week was amazing -- even after getting up to work on her own writing at 4am she still has time and energy to share the craft of writing with others. Amazing!! I'm glad you enjoyed the recent Body Language online workshop. I'm busy working away at the live presentation for RWA National in July. Biggest challenge is trying to cram a month worth of material into an hour worth of time--sigh.
Thanks again for being here and can't wait for the release of your debut fiction book soon!
Cheers ~~ Mary B

Mary Buckham said...

Hi Missy ~~ Thanks for popping in today and delighted you found some gems of wisdom. Dianna is great at that - even I take notes!

Cheers and best of luck on your writing ~~ Mary B

Mary Buckham said...

Hey Diana B-M ~~ so fun to see you here and congratulations for being one of the five lucky winners of a BREAK INTO FICTION critique from our June contest!! That's so exciting! We appreciate your visiting the Break Into fiction website, enrolling, winning and being here today.

Thanks so much ~~ Mary B

Mary Buckham said...

Hi Karen ~~ love your description of being a reformed pantster -- too fun! Some books are more of a challenge if we don't have a clear roadmap of where the story needs to go and how to get it there. Then we get reduced to simply having stuff happen -- with the results that we have a lot of pages, that looks like a book but in reality is not a strong, gotta-read it novel. Here's to always creating the most compelling story possible!
Best of luck to you and thanks for stopping by ~~ Mary B

Mary Buckham said...

Terri O ~~ Mega congrats for making the committment to writing and taking the plunge. Come on in -- the fellow writers are a joy, the process is simply that - the process to learn how to put words on the page and share the stories within all of us with others. It's a life-changing committment you're embarking on and Dianna and I will be cheering you on!!

All the best ~~ Mary B

Mary Buckham said...

Hello Kathy Mc ~~ How fun to see you here and a great memory too! I love it when folks remind me when and where we've met because some days I can't even keep track of my own kids. Okay, most days I can't but that's a different issue! Dianna did a great job explaining the major differences between what Margie offers and BREAK INTO FICTION offers. BREAK INTO FICTION concentrates on the structure of the story. If that doesn't hang together no editor/agent has the time any more to work with us to bring that structure up to par. I like to think of plot as the structure of a house. Once you have a solid structure, by applying Margie's insights and techniques you get to make your final manuscript shine. So between the two issues - plot and details -- you are increasing your chances to sell that killer story!
Hope this helps and here's hoping I can get back to Boise one of these days and say hello in person!
Cheers and all the best with your writing ~~ Mary B

Beth said...

Wonderful interview, and the book sounds like a great tool for teaching writers what makes a good story. I'm a "pantser" and it's not often that I find how-to books I think I can actually use.

Mary Buckham said...

Hi Angel ~~ Thanks for popping in here today and trust me when I say getting stuck at the 1/4 point into a novel is not unusual. Why? Because that's where the story needs to take a twist, the stakes and risk must increase and while the propulsion from the beginning of your story is abating, you must re-engage the reader in a stronger, deeper way. Piece of cake, right? Wrong. It just looks easy when other writers do it. Dianna did a spot on job in explaining some of the difference between our live two-day Retreats and the book. The first we can actually sit down and talk to you about your story, brain storm ideas and push you, push you, push you. If you want info on the opportunity to set up your own private Retreats visit www.BreakIntoFiction.com and there's info there. But be prepared to work, to be challenged and to have your brain bleed from all the thinking and learning going on. In the meantime check out the book - I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how much that can help you right now.

Thanks for asking! ~~ Mary B

Mary Buckham said...

Tiffany ~~ how fun of you to stop by today and I only got to hear about Dianna's keynote after the fact. I'm bummed I missed it! I'm sure she wowed you cuz she does that to me all the time!!

Best of luck with your writing and thanks for visiting today ~~ Mary B

Mary Buckham said...

Hi Jess ~~ delighted to have you signed up for the newsletter and you're spot on in calling Dianna a partner-in-crime. I swear every time the woman comes up for air her first words are - how can we make this bigger, better, more. She's a class act and way too much fun to work with too!
Here's hoping all writers find their own Dianna.
Best of luck with your writing and thanks for visiting here today ~~ Mary B

Debra E Marvin said...

over a hundred comments so far!
I'd have to say this shows a huge interest in what you two have to say and the chance at some great giveaways!

After reading Margie's interview, I'm more intrigued than ever to read Break Into Fiction.

If you need my email address to be in the drawing: debraemarvin@yahoo.com

Thanks! Debra

Mary Buckham said...

Hey Beth ~~ Thanks for stopping by and here's to having that tool for Pantsters -- you're right that there needed to be one and long overdue! We all should honor our process -- what works for us -- and not beat ourselves up if someone says you MUST write XXX way. No tool works for all craftsmen, but there's something to learn from all tools.

Thanks for jumping in her today and have fun with your writing!

~~ Mary B

Mary Buckham said...

Debra -- how nice for you to stop by and not be intimidated by the sheer number of postings. Plot is the basis of all good stories. Finding a way to creater a character-driven plot in a timely and consistent manner means we all can get more books written. Our aim was to have BREAK INTO FICTION help with that key step.
Best of luck to you and have fun reaching your own writing goals!

Cheers ~~ Mary B

Dianna Love said...

Hi Beth -

Mary and I have lots of friends who are pantsers,and I co-write with the queen of pantsers - Sherrilyn Kenyon - so we're familiar with your process for writing and the frustration of being given a book that doesn't work for your method of story telling.

Sherrilyn gave us the foreword for the Break Into Fiction book because she believes in our program and appreciates that we aren't out to convert pantsers to plotters. Just the opposite - we want you to celebrate the way you write and to give you a method for revising that works for you.

Sherrilyn has written so many books at this point and for so many years she knows instinctively what has to happen in her stories as she writes to the point that cleaning up the final draft is not a big deal. That's always been the option for a pantser - to work for years through the learning curve until you figure it out. Now you have a way to vet your story and reach that learning curve much faster.

Mary and I believe a good process works for both plotters and pantsers.

Good luck with your writing and thanks for stopping by,

Dianna Love said...

Hi Debra -
Thanks for coming out today and joining in the fun.

Good luck on your writing and thanks for stopping by.

Nicki Salcedo said...

I want to grow up to be like you ladies! Thanks, as always, for the inspiring information. I'm looking forward to your workshop and book.

I'm wondering what you think about writers trying non-traditional fiction. What do I do if what I write doesn't seem to fit the mold? Change my writing or change the world?!?

All the best!

Jenny Graman Meyer said...

I'm facinated by plotting, and your book sounds like a winner. It's now on my wish list!
Jenny

Diana Cosby said...

Mary B wrote:
Diana C ~~ How fun to have you pop in here

~:) Always great to see you, Dianna and Margie. :) A winning team.

and I'm doing the happy dance that Dianna and I will be heading to Dallas in 2010!

~I can't wait. I always love your classes. I learn so much. Take care and I wish you every success! *Hugs*

Diana Cosby
Romance Edged With Danger

Chassily Wakefield said...

Hi, Mary and Dianna, I just want to say "Thanks!" for this awesome book. I have a veritable mountain of writing help books on my counter, but this one jetted right to the top. I'm a combo writer, plotter and pantser, and this is just what I've been needing. Thank you, thank you for writing not only such a helpful book, but one in which the help can be applied to my own work immediately.

And Margie, thank you for offering these blogs, I've learned so much from them! (And your fabulous classes, the body language one is really pushing me to work on my nervousness!)

All the best,
Chassily

Bron said...

Hi Mary, Margie and Dianna
I'm a plotter so have ordered your book from the UK, it's not available in New Zealand yet. I find I start by plotting my story then by writing the synopsis. This helps remind me where the story needs to go and the emotional journey as well as the plot journey. Do you plot emotional journey seperate to plot jouirney?
Bronwen

Dianna Love said...

Hi Nicki -

With regard to non-traditional fiction not fitting a mold or format, that isn't the issue with using our programs. It's a matter of what reader you are targeting. Our program is for commercial fiction stories - all genres, which is why we give four different types of movies as examples.

Commercial fiction readers want as story with a protagonist that grows and changes. The protagonist goes through a complete character arc to where he or she (in a romance, both hero and heroine go through this arc) different at the end from where they started in the beginning and have found what they were missing inside. These stories have full plot arcs to a satisfying ending where the reader cheers for the protagonist who has battled his or her way to reach what seemed like an unsurmountable goal. The community benefits by what the protagonist has done and the world is a better place.

For commercial fiction stories to reach an uplifting, high-five ending they will have certain key plot elements such as twist points, rising stakes and such.

If that's the audience you're targeting, then you can apply the Break Into Fiction program to your nontraditional story.

We've had nonfiction and literary writers occasionally attend our plotting retreats. When they do we make sure they know we're teaching commercial fiction, but they stay and in so doing they find out they can apply what they learn about how to write powerful commercial fiction to draw readers into their stories.

So if you aren't targeting commercial fiction you may want to use what we teach in Break Into Fiction to deepen your story structure and tighten pacing.

thanks for stopping by and for all the emails to coordinate our program for the Moonlight & Magnolias conference. We can't wait for October.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Jenny -

So nice of you to stop by and visit with us today. Thanks for putting our book on your wish list.

Good luck with your writing.

Dianna Love said...

Diana -

Meant to tell you earlier that I love how Zebra is branding your books, like your new HIS WOMAN.

JMK said...

Since I've studied with Mary Buckham and her Synopsis packets, I know I will love the book. It sounds like just what I need next in developing my writing craft.

Thank you both for writing it!

Julaina Kleist

Mary Buckham said...

Hi Bron ~~ So sorry you had to jump through hoops to get a copy of BREAK INTO FICTION. We donated an autographed copy to both the New Zealand and Australia RWA Conferences if you're attending either one of them. As for the relationship story arc the answer is yes -- the BREAK INTO FICTION templates take into account that emotional journey as it's intimately tied into a character's growth arc. What this means is that in a romance novel one or both of the primary characters - hero and/or heroine must grow and change to accept love before they can complete their story journey. One of the examples we walk you through in the book is the movie PRETTY WOMAN and fill out the templates for both hero and heroine in that story to show you how to craft a strong, romance driven story line.

Hope this helps and that you enjoy your personal copy of BREAK INTO FICTION!
Cheers ~~ Mary B

Dianna Love said...

Hi Chassily -

Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm about our new book and your writing. There were days when Mary and I worked through things like formatting the pages for the book (argh...fiction manuscripts are so simple compared to nonfiction formatting) that we'd both have to walk away from the computer for a day to keep from taking a hammer to it. (that's me with the hammer...Mary is much more patient)

But the emails and comments like on this blog make it all worthwhile. We're thrilled to give you something that will help immediately.

Thanks for stopping by.

Mary Buckham said...

Chassily ~~ How fun to have you stop by today and I'm delighted you're already finding the BREAK INTO FICTION book useful! Gold stars to you for digging in and having fun with your own story line -- that's exactly what Dianna and I hoped you'd be able to do!! Can't wait to meet you in person in July in Olympia!
Cheers and happy writing ~~ Mary B

Bron said...

Thanks for the reply Mary. I am goign to the NZ conference but I can't wait that long, I have to have the book now, so I've bought it. I am doing your online course in September and I'm really looking forward to it.

Bronwen

Mary Buckham said...

Julaina ~~ How delightful! Thank you for your very kind words and you've brought up a great point too. One of the side benefits to the BREAK INTO FICTION templates is a down and dirty way to craft a synopsis. If you have the book you use the first plot template, the three twist points and the ending plot template and you can have a short synopsis -- use all 11 templates and tighten and you can have a long synopsis pulled together. A synopsis is meant to showcase your plot -- and that's what the BREAK INTO FICTION book helps you create. So viola!!
Thank you again and happy writing!
~~ Mary B

Dianna Love said...

Hi Bron -

Bless you for ordering from another country to get the book. We talked to an online group in Australia about carrying the book, but the publisher has their own foreign rights plan so...you know how that goes.

As for plotting the emotional journey separately - not really. That's the reason our program is Character-Driven Plotting so that you never lose sight of the character's emotional arc when you're in the middle of action areas and vice versa.

I can tell you that editors can see when the emotional part has been "laid over" the story. That's what it feels like if the emotional is not arced with the plot.

That being said, once you've finished your story you may want to tweak areas and groom the emotional parts but I build emotion all along the way. One major reason for that is that the external story goal forces the emotional changes. And you want your character to change bit by bit in such a way the reader is so immersed in the story they don't see it happening until the end when the character "shows" us they have changed.

I hope that answers the question for you. Answering the questions in the book will show you how the emotion and plot are laced along the way.

Thanks for stopping by and for getting the book and pushing your writing to a new level.

Diana Cosby said...

Dianna Love said:

Diana -

Meant to tell you earlier that I love how Zebra is branding your books, like your new HIS WOMAN.

~Thanks, I'm truly blessed. The branding was Kate Duffy's idea. She's amazing. :) I look forward to seeing y'all when you're giving your workshop in Dallas!

Diana Cosby
Romance Edged With Danger

Dianna Love said...

Hi Julaina -

If you've been studying with Mary you have a good idea of what's coming your way in the book. Mary is a gifted teacher who has helped thousands of writers. I feel very fortunate that we teamed up to work together on this program.

It really makes a difference to have two people work through all the areas. We challenge each other all the time in our writing, both nonfiction and fiction. She's a super writing partner.

thanks for stopping by.

Mary Buckham said...

Jenny ~~ So nice you could stop by and post today. If your name isn't drawn as a winner -- check your nearest library and ask if they'd get a copy of BREAK INTO FICTION. Dianna and I spoke to so many librarians at the BEA Conference in NYC last month and they were excited to have a book to order for their branches. Their feedback was -- if folks request a book they figure more would like to but haven't said anything. And if your branch gets in a copy not only can you use it but all sorts of other writers can too.
Hope this helps and thanks again ~~ Mary B

Mary Buckham said...

Hi Nicki ~~ Thanks for jumping in here today and I'm excited to get to meet you at last when I attened M&M with Dianna come October. There are always room for great books. The biggest challenge for many writers wanting to 'break the mold' is in not understanding what the mold is. Sometimes writers are creating extra hurdles for themselves because they are focusing on everything about their writing having to be mold-breaking as opposed to key elements that can really make a difference. Picasso broke the mold in painting but only after he mastered the craft of painting and understood exactly what he was doing in making his choices and ground-breaking work. Be a Picasso -- master the craft then break whatever molds you want. Make sense?
Thanks for a thought-provoking comment that needs more than a quick blog to address. See you in October!
Cheers ~~ Mary B

Mary Buckham said...

Hey Bron ~~ I know that feeling -- nthing should get in the way of getting that story donw! It'll be fun to see you in the Sexual Tension workshop come September. We'll have a great time. See you then!

Cheers ~~ Mary B

Margie Lawson said...

NEWS FLASH!

NEWS FLASH!

NEWS FLASH!

With 127 blog posts by 4PM Mountain Time, you all deserve more chances to win. :-)

Mary and Dianna deserve Margaritas!
M & D -- My treat at RWA National!

GUEST BLOG POSTERS:

I'll donate a Lecture Packet for every 25 blog guests who post a comment or question.

Plus -- I'll draw for BREAK INTO FICTION -- and PHANTOM IN THE NIGHT.

We'll have FIVE WINNERS today . . . maybe more!

Mary or Dianna will respond to blog posts until 7PM Mountain Time -- probably West Coast Mary.
Thanks Mary!

All comments posted by 9PM MT will be included in the drawings.

I'll post the WINNERS on the blog about 9:15PM Mountain Time.

PLEASE DROP BY THE BLOG AND SEE IF YOU GOT LUCKY!

Winners may contact me at: Margie@MargieLawson.com.

Thank you!

KUDOS to DONNELL BELL for blog presentation extraordinaire. You earned a Margarita at National too. ;-) Thank you for sharing your time and talent.

All smiles...........Margie

Margie Lawson said...

Suzanne requested that I post for her. She's locked out by cyber gnomes. :-)


Mary and Dianna, I enjoyed the interview. I haven't yet read Break
Into Fiction, but based on feedback I've received from several
writers who are working through the templates, and based on what I've
personally experienced in Mary's teaching, I'll be glad to recommend
your book as a resource during my upcoming workshop on creating
non-stereotyped characters. The workshop is 18 July at the Harriette
Austin Writers Conference in Athens, GA.

Margie, thanks for posting this interview. I've had it marked on my
calendar for weeks so I wouldn't miss it!

All three of you, I look forward to seeing you 16 July at RWA
National -- and the Daphne awards ceremony, huzzah!

Suzanne Adair
Camp Follower, 2009 Daphne award finalist
www.suzanneadair.com

Nicola Marsh said...

Dianna and Mary,

thanks for answering my question.

And for anyone else ordering the book from OZ, I use the Book Depository (in the UK) for all my books. Free postage to anywhere in the world! And usually cheaper than buying the book from OZ shelves.

Interestingly, when I was first published, I'd never picked up a 'how-to' book. Yet with 20 books under my belt now, I devour them!

As I mentioned earlier, I love other writers' processes.

And the online courses I've done (including Margie's Deep Edits and Dialogue Cues) have been invaluable.

We never stop learning, right? :)

Mary Buckham said...

Hey Suzanne ~~

Thank you so much for sharing and feel free to let other writers know about BREAK INTO FICTION. That's so cool! What's also super cool is your being a Daphne finalist - Yahoo!!

Gold stars on finding a way around the post-goblins, on finaling with CAMP FOLLOWER and here's to seeing you in D.C..
Cheers ~~ Mary B

Ginger said...

I can hardly wait to plug my current WIP into the BIF templates. I know it'll be a better book because of it.

Thanks for offering such an awesome tool to writers.

Ginger

Donnell said...

131 comments? Is there something in the blogger water ;) I'm so pleased Margie asked Mary and Dianna to join us today in connection with her How-to series, and ... since there are so many comments, I have a request. Could I -- ahem-- renege on my DQ and would it be unheard of for a Scribe to enter the drawing ;) If it's against some kind of rule please let me know.

Margie, I will take you up on the margarita. I know you will be crazy busy as will I.

I also hope to spend time with Mary just so I can catch up on all her children. It's amazing that anyone with ten children can do all this teaching ;)

Dianna, you're welcome and I look forward to reading yours and Sherilynn's books. Very exciting and best of luck on the mainstream thriller.

Mary Buckham said...

Ginger ~~ thanks for stopping by - and here's hoping the BREAK INTO FICTION structure will walk you step by step through your great story this summer and have it in tip-top shape for submission come fall!

Cheers and all the best with your writing -- I'm not so patiently waiting for a book from you!!

~~ Mary B

Cheryl said...

Your book sounds wonderful! I love writing that analyzes technique. I'm looking forward to picking it up. And anyone Margie recommends, I'm interested in.

Mary Buckham said...

Cheryl ~~ Thanks for jumping in and your kind words. Just as in picking up a new fiction author it's amazing how fun it is to learn from someone you trust that there are craft books out there that work!

Dianna and I have so much fun analyzing that it's second nature -- especially when we watching movies together. I'm sure we'd be kicked out of movie theaters because we're always pointing out twist points, use of the mentor, the illusion and all the fun nuances of story.

Thanks again for stopping by today!

~~ Mary B

Mary Buckham said...

Hey Donnell ~~

You asked -- Could I -- ahem-- renege on my DQ and would it be unheard of for a Scribe to enter the drawing ;) If it's against some kind of rule please let me know. --- I don't know who has the rule book but it's perfectly okay with me and I'm sure Dianna too!

And you're way too funny -- I only have 5 kids -- when I started writing I'd borrow the neighbors 4 so there'd be 9 kids under the age of 8 running around. That way, when I sent hers home my house seemed so quiet and I could get my work done.

Last month 3 out of the 5 of them got married - 3 different ceremonies, 3 different geographic locations - and this was my month to get my WIP wrapped up. Still managed 130 pages with 70 left to go - and I swear my characters are asking things like "who was supposed to get the flowers' and 'is tonight the rehearsal dinner and for which child?'.

Cheers ~~ Mary B

Dianna Love said...

Suzanne -

I hate cyber gnomes who seem to always know where I am.

Thanks so much for offering to recommend our Break Into Fiction book at the Harriett Austin conference.

Congratulations on your Daphne final and good luck!! I'll try to get back from my publisher dinner early enough to swing by. The Daphne award is very special.

thanks for coming by through Margie - isn't she the best!

Dianna Love said...

Margie - thanks for the offer of more to give away. We'll give our Break Into Fiction, a copy of Whispered Lies and a copy of Phantom In The night.

You are truly the hostess extraordinaire.

Dianna Love said...

Nicola -

So sorry I did not realize you are not just published, but multi-published and an award winning author.

Thanks so much for sharing where you get your books and for coming out to visit. It's no wonder that you've been so successful with your attitude about constantly looking for more information and ways to improve. You have to be turning in great books to be a Presents author.

Congrats on the new one - the Millionaires Baby.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Ginger -

Glad you're finding useful information here today. Thanks for your kind words and for stopping by to visit.

Dianna Love said...

Donnell -

I think we can find a copy of Break Into Fiction for our hard working scribe who put all this blog up in the wee hours of the morning.

If you think I'm a soft touch, I assure you Mary is going to say yes. She's the sweeter one of us. "g"

Of course, she just married off two kids in one week (isn't that a record?) so it's good to catch her while she's still dazed.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Cheryl -

If you love analyzing stories - you'll enjoy using these templates to analyze any movie or book to figure out why it works, or why it doesn't.

We love Margie. On top of generously promoting our book she's adorable to know, a terrific hostess, talented and just plain fbrilliant.

Dianna Love said...

Okay kids - this is it for me. It's after 9pm EST.

I've enjoyed spending the day with all of you and chatting about our favorite topic - writing.

Thanks again to the wonderful scribes Margie and Donnell. And a huge thanks to all of you who took the time to come out and visit today. You make it time well spent.

And thanks as always to my terrific partner in crime - Mary Buckham.

Now go write and submit and sell!!! And send us an email when you do - we LOVE good news.

thanks, Dianna

Mary Marvella said...

It doesn't get any better than these writers!

Mary Buckham said...

Hey Mary M ~~

Thank you so much for your kind words -- I think every one who's posted today is in a select group of writers actively pursing their writing dreams and your wonderful words are for us all!

Cheers and thanks for stopping by ~~ Mary B

Jean said...

Mary and Diana - Congrats on getting the book out!!

Jean Willett

Mary Buckham said...

Hey Jean ~~

How fun to see you here - hope to see you at M&M in October too if not DC before then. Then I can get the scoop on how your project is going. I'm anxiously awaiting it!

Cheers ~~ Mary B

Margie Lawson said...

Mary and Dianna --

You two opened your brains -- and hearts. Thank you for taking the time to fully respond to questions - and share your humor too. :-)

We had 43 people post comments -- and SIX WINNERS!

These three people won a Lecture Packet of their choice, from me.

. . . NICOLA MARSH, Lecture Packet
. . . TIFFANY JAMES, Lecture Packet
. . . JEAN WILLETT, Lecture Packet

These three people won books!

Kathy McIntosh won PHANTOM IN THE NIGHT.

Julaina Kleist won WHISPERED LIES.

Missy Tippens won BREAK INTO FICTION!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SIX !WINNERS!
Please e-mail me -- Margie@MargieLawson.com

THANK YOU ALL FOR PARTICIPATING TODAY!

ALL SMILES.........MARGIE

Margie Lawson said...

HELLO EVERYONE!

I'll add my response to Kathy M's question.

How do my Deep Editing techniques and systems mesh with the material Mary and Dianna share in BREAK INTO FICTION?

PERFECTLY!

Mary and Dianna cover all facets of PLOT.

My Deep Editing covers all facets of WRITING CRAFT.

A perfect combo. :-))

All smiles...........Margie

Margie Lawson said...

HELLO EVERYONE --

THANK YOU AGAIN for dropping by the FIVE SCRIBES blog. I appreciate all five of the uber-talented scribes for sharing their cool blog.

Big THANK YOU's to Donnell Bell, KL Grady, Audra Harders, Theresa Rizzo, and Leslie Ann Sartor.

I HOPE TO SEE ALL OUR BLOG GUESTS HERE NEXT MONTH!

GRAB A HIGHLIGHTER -- AND MARK YOUR CALENDAR -- JULY 29TH!

Our featured HOW-TO AUTHOR for JULY is editor, Chris Roerdon. Chris has two HOW-TO BOOKS:

-- Don't Murder Your Mystery
-- Dont' Sabotage Your Submission

See you on the FIVE SCRIBES blog on JULY 29th!

Maybe I'll see you at RWA National in mid-July!

All smiles.........Margie

Mary Buckham said...

BIG CONGRATS TO ALL THE WINNERS!

Thank you all for being here today and a big thank you to Donnell and the Five Scribes for hosting us and for Margie Lawson for inviting us.

Dianna and I were honored to be here and to share elements on the craft of writing. I echo what Dianna said earlier to everyone -- go forth, write your hearts out, submit and let us know how you're doing so we can celebrate with you all!!

Cheers and all the best ~~ Mary B

Nicola Marsh said...

Thanks to all, I'm thrilled to win a lecture packet!

Happy writing everyone :)

Tiffany James said...

Hi, ladies!

I felt lucky just to get to read your post, but I also won! Whew-ew!

Thanks so much.

Margie, I spent the last couple weeks lurking on your Body Language and Dialogue Cues class. Wow! Was it amazing, and now I get to learn even more. I can't wait!

Tiffany

RubyCRNA said...

Hello Mary, Dianna and Margie:
Thanks so much for giving the interview. Mary and Dianna I know your book will be great. I've taken classes from all of you and can't say enough good things about them.
Ruby Johnson

JMK said...

Thank you, Margie, for a copy of WHISPERED LIES. I'm so excited I won. It was fun to read all the posts and to be part of the discussions and the excitement about How to Break into Fiction.

Thank you Mary and Dianna for all your work on the book and making your wisdom available to us.

Julaina