On my way to becoming a published author I've needed to find a little help to fight off writers block. It came in many forms from books, to people, to twitter friends, to random ideas that have appeared at the worst moments. I always managed to get through it.
Today I wanted to share with you my top 9 books for writers if ever I am stuck for something and google and pinterest cannot help me these books help me out. In my time of need I reach for these books first.
Disclaimer: This is NOT a review post.
No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days by Chris Baty
This booked helped me through a tough time. After my first novel fell through, (co-author issues) I was lost. I had no idea where to find more ideas. This book caught my eye because it's by the creators of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and honestly it was a god send. It has such insightful and inspirational pages it really works you into thinking again.
Outlining Your Novel & Structuring Your Novel by K.M Weiland
I used to think outlining was nothing. I didn't think it would help all I wanted to do is get words down on the page, and I did. 54,000 of them, and then I became lost. This helped me realise that even if you don't have a full blown outline, you still need guidelines. They help honestly. You might be a pantser but I am definitely an in-betweener. You also need to structure your novel if you are going to make it sell. Anyone can create a story but it takes real skill to develop a structure that people love.
Ready, Set, Novel!: A Workbook by Lindsey Grant, Tavia Stewart-Streit, Chris Baty
Okay this is a workbook I know, but technically it's still printed and sold in a bookstore so it's not cheating. I genuinely needed this when my writers block hit. In a similar way to my own workbook on generating novel ideas, it helped me in my time of need and free'd my mind. It got me thinking about so many different things that I found my writing juice again and it was wonderful.
20 Master Plots by Ronald B. Tobias
Ever in need of a good story plot? These 20 give you a brilliant start. Provided you don't treat them as gospel they can be a brilliant place to start outlining or getting more ideas about you novel and what kind of story you want to build and write. Each section is dedicated to one plot and walks you through it step by step and has a checklist at the end. This is definitely a good way to jump into writing.
The Positive & Negative Trait Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi
I couldn't include the emotion thesaurus and not these. I have these out when I am planning my characters. We all need positive and negative traits to make us human and relatable, so do our characters. When I am crafting my characters (worksheets coming soon) I make sure I have three positive and two negative traits so that my characters are relatable. No one is perfect and neither are our hero's. Plus having these on hand also mean that if we forget how they are supposed to act, a quick check puts us back on the right page.
The Love Plot by Katherine King
I wanted to delve into the romance genre for a while, and I definitely have something in the works, but without this I would have been totally worried about starting. This allowed me to find my own style and see what a romance needs to be good. Even if they are ALL a little cliche us a humans sometimes love it.
What books have you found useful? Let me know in the comments below.
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