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buttybuttybutthole Wed 13-Jun-18 06:04:29

I want to treat myself to a useful book I help with writing.

I already have Stephen king's book, a writers book of days and Patricia highsmith's book on writing suspense fiction.

My budget is £10.

Or even a subscription for a magazine!

Any suggestions?

FlyTipper Wed 13-Jun-18 09:15:38

Wired for Story or Story Genius by Lisa Cron. Either or both. Essential reading.

For novel structure I find Screenwriting tricks for authors by Alexandra Sokoloff extremely useful.

elephantscanring Wed 13-Jun-18 09:20:16

I love How not to write a novel - Mittelmark and Newman. Very funny and very true - and John Yorke - Into the woods.

buttybuttybutthole Wed 13-Jun-18 17:00:08

I haven't heard of any of these but they sound very useful. Thanks- will look up!

buttybuttybutthole Wed 13-Jun-18 21:49:30

Got screenwriting tricks for authors with kindle unlimited smile

FlyTipper Thu 14-Jun-18 08:17:11

Actually, I have Screenwriters on kindle but then bought the hard copy as it was that good. Worth the investment imo.

buttybuttybutthole Wed 18-Jul-18 07:40:32

Hasvanyon chit any more recommendations for books on writing?

Violet19 Wed 18-Jul-18 16:24:46

Monkeys with Typewriters by Scarlett Thomas is excellent. It's definitely the one I've found most helpful to date.

buttybuttybutthole Wed 18-Jul-18 21:05:47

That's exactly what I'm looking for !

QueenoftheNights Tue 24-Jul-18 07:27:56

FREE- go to and download their Black on White.
141 pages of how to do it.

splishsplashshow Thu 20-Sep-18 18:07:18

My recommendations come mostly from indie writing/publishing.

Take Off Your Pants by Libbie Hawker
Libbie writes historical fiction, both indie published and published by Amazon's Lake Union imprint. Her newest release hit the number one spot on Amazon's book sales chart the other day.

Fantasy Fiction Formula by Deborah Chester.
Not just for fantasy writers. Lots of info for writers of all types of fiction. This is the woman who taught Jim Butcher and he credits all his success to her. He was resistant to her teaching and thought she knew nothing, despite being a published author. So he decided to prove her wrong by doing exactly what she told him to do (expecting he would fail). He ended up writing the first Dresden Files book.

Brandon Sanderson's lectures at BYU are all available for free on YouTube.

Into The Woods by John Yorke.
More about story in general than novel writing, but useful.

The Perfect Story. JA Huss has a full series of videos on writing on YouTube. You can find it via her blog:

2k to 10k by Rachel Aaron.
Has three sections: writing faster, plotting, editing.
Rachel was trad published first but, when talking to someone at a convention, realised that indie authors who were selling less were making more money than her. So she started putting out some indie stuff of her own.

Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi have a series of reference books for writers.

Joanna Penn (writes thrillers as J F Penn) has a YouTube channel/podcast called The Creative Penn.

Mark Dawson, an indie author interviewed on BBC Breakfast a few months ago, also has a podcast. The SPF Podcast, I think?

Those are just a few off the top of my head.

HughLauriesStubble Fri 21-Sep-18 15:40:05

Another vote for Libbie Hawker's Take Off Your Pants. Also, I've recently read a short book called Write Your Book From the Middle by James Scott Bell that had some interesting ideas and advice.

buttybuttybutthole Sat 22-Sep-18 07:40:53

Wow thanks for all these!

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