Thursday, June 11, 2015

Critique Group Recommendations

Pick one book, one podcast, one blog, and one social media for a test drive. But first, write, and second, start your email list. Those are non-negotiable. Write and start your email list.

The First 50 Pages by Jeff Gerke
A perfect book for newbies to fiction writing.

The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman
And here for fiction or non-fiction. You’ll probably read it twice.

11 Secrets to Getting Published by Mary DeMuth
From one of our fearless leaders. Knowing these secrets will save you much time and heartache later.
Writing and Selling the Christian Novel by Penelope Stokes
Her chapter on point of view is excellent.
The Writer’s Market by Writer’s Digest
A wealth of info on publishing, submitting, etc. It comes out every year, but one from a previous year can be beneficial.

Telling True Stories by Kramer and Call
A compilation of tips and direction.

On Writing by Stephen King
For tips and motivation

Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell

Scene and Structure by Jack Bickham

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Browne and King

Crafting Scenes by Raymond Obstfeld

Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain
Understanding his teaching on motivational-reaction units is highly beneficial

On Writing Well by William Zinsser
For nonfiction

Fill-in-the-Blank Plotting by Linda George
A guide to outlining a novel using the Hero’s Journey and Three-Act Structure. Email if you’d like the spreadsheet Darren created to use with this book (

The Elements of Style by Strunk and White
Great grammar tips

Eats, Shoots, and Leaves by Lynne Truss
Who thought punctuation could be so fun.

The MLA Handbook, The Chicago Style Manual, or Turabian can be found used at Half Price Books, but you can typically google “footnote newspaper article format Turabian,” for example and find what you need for free.

Writing Excuses
The Writership Podcast
The Novel Marketing Podcast
The Sell More Books Show
The Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast

Websites / Blogs
Online Critique Group: You can fully participate without a membership.

Randy Ingermanson  

Kboards (Writer’s Boards)

All Things Writing

For Bibliography/Works Cited and Footnotes/Endnotes 

Social Media
Email List: mailchimp or constant contact

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

June Meeting

Rockwall Christian Writers Group will meet Monday, June 8th from 7-9:30 p.m. in Room W-214 of LakePointe Church.

Round Table Discussion this month at RCWG: Bring your most burning or puzzling question about the publishing industry or the craft of writing. We'll have an open discussion and answer a few of these before we begin our critique time.

For critique time, bring up to 5 pages (double-spaced, Times New Roman 12-font--or larger, 1" margins). If you don't bring work to critique, you're still welcome. Hope you can join us!


Park on the Chili's side of the building. Enter the West Wing (near the parking garage). We meet on the second floor toward the back of that wing. Don't forget to dress in layers. The church is often chilly. 

If you'd like to have us critique your work, please bring 5 pages, double spaced, at least eight copies. Times New Roman font with one inch margins. Numbering your pages helps. Click here to read about our procedures. 

Click here to read more about us and how we do things. (We promise, we won't freak you out!)