Writing a novel was one of my greatest dreams, but it was also one of my greatest challenges. When I started working on my first novel, I wanted to do everything I could to learn about the business as well as the craft. After sifting through stacks of writing books and resources, here are the ones that have been the most helpful to me:
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The Forest For The Trees by Betsy Lerner
The book that every writer should read—at least once a year. This book won’t teach you how to write, but Betsy Lerner gives an honest (and very funny) examination of the writing life. If you’re a writer, you’ll wonder how she got inside your head. And you’ll be grateful that someone finally understands!
The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes by Jack M. Bickham
Ouch! This book was almost painful to read because I think I’ve committed all 38 crimes. This is another excellent (and succinct)resource that every novelist should read. Jack Bickham will put you on the right track and then coach you all the way to the finish line.
Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell
How does a novelist create a compelling plot that races out of the gate on page one? When should she add more twists and turns to push her readers onto the next page and then next chapter until they reach the end of the book? Jim Scott helps novelists craft an engaging plot that make their readers lose sleep, because they had to read “just one more page” before they put the novel down.