When she spoke to Southern Magic recently, Debra Dixon suggested a few writing resource books--all of which are now on my Amazon wish list! I wanted to share one of my favorite tools, The Complete Writer’s Guide to Heroes and Heroines: Sixteen Master Archetypes by Tami D. Cowden, Caro LaFever, and Sue Viders. It’s in the Hoover library, but after I renewed it the sixth time, I decided to buy a copy of my own.
The book lists sixteen common characters you’ll find in good novels--eight men and eight women--and explains what makes them tick. Fine. But THEN it goes on to match each of the men with each of the women, and to detail why those characters will be attracted to each other and why they won’t be able to stay in the same room. Wonderful for romance writing. And THEN it provides multiple examples of each of these interactions from popular movies. It’s a fabulous brainstorming tool for setting up your novels, much better than some other character resource books with vague lists.
What’s your favorite resource book? Rather than suggesting a lot, maybe you could talk about one book you love, why you love it, and what you use it for.