Morning wonderful writers!
I hope you are all well and enjoying December so far. I love December, but it’s been pretty hectic for me so far!
This week I’d like to offer a simple blog post, that contains three amazing books that I think all writers should know about. It’s not too late to get these on your Christmas list!!! (Failing that, you can snap them up in the January sales.) Let’s take a look…
Let’s be honest, no list was ever going to exclude this masterpiece. Many writers find annoyance in books that tell you “how to write a novel” because the ideas and opinions are usually rather subjective, and everyone uses different rules and methods. In On Writing Stephen King does attempt to tell you how to write a novel, but does offer useful tips and straight talking facts to get you going.
I was really inspired by this book. I think any writer, fan of King or not, can appreciate how hard he works in his craft. He produces books on a huge scale, and this book is a brilliant memoir to his life as a writer. Most writers probably have this book already, but I couldn’t start this list with it. Besides, if you don’t have it, why not? Grab a copy ASAP!
This book has been my absolute life saver while writing my current novel. O’Byrne neatly presents all aspects of police procedure and lays it out in a way that is specifically for crime writers. With focus on all major crime types including murder, you can easily find all the relevant information to make sure your novel is factually correct.
As someone with limited knowledge of police procedure, minus dramatised versions you see on TV, this book has been incredible. I should note that this particular book is only based on British procedures. However, if you’re writing about crime based in another country you may find someone has put a similar book together.
This book is fantastic. They have a whole range in this series, including focus on positive character traits, negative character traits, different settings and spaces…the list is endless!
This one, I love. It has a page dedicated to every major emotion you can think of. It then breaks down lists of internal symptoms, external symptoms, physical side effects and long term effects of each emotion. It’s perfect for helping you show not tell, because you can present your characters state of mind by describing their movements, their speech or how they feel inside at the time. I really need to get myself more of these books, as they can give you that inspiration boost when your own imagination is struggling.
Will any of these make your list? I’d love to hear if you have any of these books already, or if there’s a book you’d recommend. Please comment below so that I can check out your suggestions!