Inspiration for Writers

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Inspiration for Writers

Happy NaNoWriMo!

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), originated as a writing challenge in 1999 and has since been established as a movement observed in November of each year. This movement is geared towards inspiring writers to find their voice and write their story (ies). Here are a few titles dedicated to inspiring novel writers out there. 

Crafting Novels & Short Stories by The Editors of Writer's Digest
This book offers guidance pertaining to character development, plot, and point of view, among others. Here are a few more titles from the editor's of Writer's Digest: The complete handbook of novel writing: everything you need to know to create & sell your work, and The craft & business of writing: essential tools for writing success

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
Best-selling author Stephen King offers insight and tips pertaining to the craft of writing. Written as part memoir, this book is a true inspiration to the aspiring novelist. 

This Year You Write Your Novel by Walter Mosley
Award winning author Walter Mosley offers inspiration to aspiring writers. This book is filled with how-to tips, tools and practical advice to assist readers with writing a novel. 

For additional inspiration also reference, Elements of Fiction by Walter Mosley (covering topics such as: authorship, technique, & plot; noted as a "masterclass on the writer's craft")

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg
This book offers practical advice and inspiration to include an interview with the author. Natalie Goldberg references Zen meditation along with practical methods to support writing more consistently and thoughtfully. 

Writing Fiction Step by Step by. Josip Novakovich
This book offers over 200 exercises to support the fiction writing process. The author outlines the link between: "character and plot, setting and conflict, memory and imagination" as a means to ensure good story-telling.