BOOKS ON WRITING

Based off of the screenwriting book, Save the Cat!, this book uses the same "beat sheet" but gears it specifically towards novelists.

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A fresh and insightful technique of story telling that focuses on the characters' emotional and moral growth and how that will drive the plot forward.

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King's first book after being hit by a van in 1999 starts out highlighting events in his life that lead to him being the author he is today, followed by tools every writer should have in their "toolbox".

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Learn how to take your readers on an emotional journey that mirrors the characters' struggles, discoveries, and triumphs.

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A nice guide for new writers looking to learn the basic building blocks of what makes a "good" story.

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A workbook of writing exercises based off of Maass's writing workshops. It also includes dissections of actual "breakout novels" to help writers learn to analyze stories like a writer.

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Provides a detailed map of how an editor recognizes when something isn't working in a story, and then provides the tools to find a solution.

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An easy-to-navigate tool for efficiently expressing a character's emotions through body language, action cues, etc

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An actor's perspective on 'character' and ways to apply acting techniques in your writing.

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An oldie, but a goodie. This book is a great tool when it's time to do fine-tuning and tighten prose.

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Not a how-to, but more of an inside look of the life of a writer. This book contains essays penned by Annie Dillard describing the ups and downs that inevitably come with her profession.

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Down-to-earth writing advice from Anne Lamott's own journey as a writer. It's a book full of wisdom, vulnerability, and humor.

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A quick but impactful read on cultivating creativity. This book is broken up into 10 sections describing different principles to help with your creative process.

A book full of inspiration and empowerment to live the creative life you've always dreamed of.

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Learn to develop your senses and powers of observation to uncover the rich, evocative words that accurately portray your mind's images.

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Campbell outlines the Hero's Journey, as well as explores the Cosmogonic Cycles, the mythic pattern of world creation and destruction.

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Aaron discusses the methods she uses to write up 10,000 words a day.

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A book by two professional editors to teach writers the techniques of the editing trade that turn promising manuscripts into published novels and short stories.

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A creative guide to language construction for sci-fi and fantasy fans, writers, game creators, and language lovers.

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Incite in how to better create characters that reflect the diverse world we live in.

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An innovative guide that energizes and motivates, while providing practical information on plotting, structure, characterization, worldbuilding, and point-of-view.

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