Pam McCutcheon aka Pamela Luzier


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Writing Books by Pam McCutcheon:

Writing the Fiction Synopsis CoverWriting the Fiction Synopsis:
A Step by Step Approach

Most writers hate writing synopses, and no wonder.   After you've agonized over several hundred pages to make your prose absolutely perfect, how could you possibly distill that down to a measly ten or twenty pages?   Or, in some cases, one or two pages?  Writing the Fiction Synopsis, takes the reader, regardless of genre, through a step-by-step process and explains what’s vitally important to put in the synopsis...and what you should leave out.  (Available from Gryphon Books for Writers, ISBN 0-9654371-1-6, $18.95 hardcover, or you can order it through Author, Author! bookstore.)  Click on the cover or link above for more detailed information.


The Writer's Brainstorming Kit CoverThe Writer's Brainstorming Kit:
Thinking in New Directions
  (with Michael Waite)

Give your creativity something different and inspiring to play with.  Use the 50 cards and concepts in this book to break out of your conventional mode of linear thinking for fresh new approaches to plotting and characterization.  (Available from Gryphon Books for Writers, ISBN 0-9654477-0-2, $24.95, hardcover with 50 cards, or you can order it through Author, Author! bookstore.)  Click on the cover or link above for more detailed information.

Recommended Books on Writing

(click on book titles to order them)

  • Aliens and Alien Societies by Stanley Schmidt.  A writer's guide to creating extraterrestrial life-forms for those writing science fiction or futuristic romance.
  • How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card.  Whether you're writing SF, fantasy, or incorporating these elements in a romance, this book will give you lots of useful information on do's and don'ts.
  • Manuscript Submission by Scott Edelstein.  In case my tips weren't enough, here's a whole book on the subject.
  • Screenplay by Syd Field.  A step by step guide from concept to finished script.  Though written for screenwriters, it's a good reference for plotting novels, too.
  • Story by Robert McKee.  Though written primarily for screenwriters, this book provides interesting insights into the process of storytelling.
  • The Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. A wonderful book on plotting and character growth using Joseph Campbell's analysis of the hero's journey.


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