Take part in ‘NaNoWriMo’ with these interesting reads
Published 12:14 pm Tuesday, November 14, 2023
NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, happens every November! Are you working on writing a novel for the occasion? Here are some books to guide you through the process.
No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty
Chris Baty, founder of NaNoWriMo, has completely revised and expanded his definitive handbook for extreme noveling. Chris pulls from over 15 years of results-oriented writing experience to pack this compendium with new tips and tricks, ranging from week-by-week quick reference guides to encouraging advice from authors, and much more. His motivating mix of fearless optimism and practical solutions to common excuses gives both first-time novelists and results-oriented writers the kick-start they need to embark on an exhilarating creative adventure.
Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing by Mignon Fogarty
Are you stumped by split infinitives? Terrified of using “who” when a “whom” is called for? Do you avoid the words “affect” and “effect” altogether? Grammar Girl is here to help! Mignon Fogarty, a.k.a. Grammar Girl, is determined to wipe out bad grammar―but she’s also determined to make the process as painless as possible. Written with wit, warmth, and accessibility, Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing covers the grammar rules and word-choice guidelines that can confound even the best writers.
Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
Imagine knowing what the brain craves from every tale it encounters, what fuels the success of any great story, and what keeps readers transfixed. Wired for Story reveals these cognitive secrets—and it’s a game-changer for anyone who has ever set pen to paper. The vast majority of writing advice focuses on “writing well,” as if it were the same as telling a great story. This is exactly where many aspiring writers fail—they strive for beautiful metaphors, authentic dialogue, and interesting characters, losing sight of the one thing that every engaging story must do: ignite the brain’s hardwired desire to learn what happens next. When writers tap into the evolutionary purpose of the story and electrify our curiosity, it triggers a delicious dopamine rush that tells us to pay attention. Backed by recent breakthroughs in neuroscience as well as examples from novels, screenplays, and short stories, Wired for Story offers a revolutionary look at story as the brain experiences it.
Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror by Laurie Lamson
A full toolbox of advice and exercises for speculative fiction writers hoping to craft an engaging alternate reality, flesh out an enthralling fantasy quest, or dream up a bloodcurdling plot twist, including crafting the perfect story title, how economy of language helps create a truly frightening tale and making fantastical characters feel genuine and relatable. This collection of storytelling secrets from top genre writers is essential for any writer looking to take a leap beyond the ordinary.
Just Write by James Scott Bell
Writers are given a wealth of opportunities to cultivate a successful writing life, break out, and find an audience for their work. Yet so many writers, from beginners to veterans, find their careers stuck in neutral. The solution is simple: Just write. Write yourself past fears, doubts, and setbacks, and use your desire for writing excellence to deeply immerse yourself in the craft. In Just Write, best-selling author and veteran writing coach James Scott Bell shows you how to develop unforgettable stories while leading a rewarding writing life. You’ll learn how to master the nuances of fiction, discover what readers really want, and persevere through the challenges of getting started, conquering writer’s block, and dealing with rejection.
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