I've already told you how much I admire K.M., so I won't repeat myself but I have been engrossed in studying what one of the other books Katie offered had to say. That book, The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction, has blown me away! Where most of my previous writing research has been concerned with the on-the-ground nuts-and-bolts of writing a novel, the author of this book, C.S. Lakin, gives her readers a perspective from 10,000 feet in the air. She compares the elements of strong story construction to the pillars used to hold up the roof of the Parthenon in ancient Greece. She uses the analogy of pillars to explain the 12 key elements that need to be in place in order to hold up the roof (story) of a successful novel. C.S. Lakin takes "the mystery out of building a solid story and shows you how to go from idea to completed novel in practical, easy-to-understand steps" (as the book blurb accurately describes her methods). I am only about a fourth of the way through this book and I am extremely impressed with it.
Okay, interruption is over. We now return you (next posting) to your regularly scheduled programming! :-)