As novelists, our weaponry usually consists of a piping cup of coffee, a valiant iTunes playlist, and a mighty thesaurus. But like any weapon-wielding warrior, we need to arm our arsenal with only the sharpest tools. I present to you, heroes and heroines, the ten must-have books for novelists.
I feel like I’ve been without my armor as a novelist this entire time because I only recently discovered this magical scroll last week. Action, emotion, and theme are three concepts discussed in this resource to help you create memorable scenes.
Want to understand why your heroine stays locked away in her castle every night? Want to learn why your hero is a total jerkface to his minions? This book digs deep into your characters’ personalities, and I’m in love with the quizzes that help you choose the right archetype.
Before you become a knight, you must become a squire. Your First Novel is a must for beginning novelists who need a walk-through.
Conquer any dialogue battle with Angela Ackerman’s Emotion Thesaurus. I wield it often, and you should too.
Don’t expect to defeat the dragon if you don’t have a strategy. This planner has calendars, weekly tasks, and outlines to help you in your journey.
Want to be a strong, mighty writer? You’ve got to exercise that brain. Get creative and ward off writer’s block with The 3 A.M. Epiphany.
7. Bird by Bird
Everyone needs a muse, and Anne Lamott is the creative influence you need to stay inspired.
Long live the king (Stephen King)! Learn more about the craft of writing. But beware of adverbs, for they pave the road to hell.
When you’re ready to raise the white flag and call it quits, Andi Cumbo-Floyd gently lifts your weary chin to her angelic face and whispers, “You must keep writing, noble one. Let me show you.”
Think of this book as the War of Art for novelists—know yourself, know your enemy, only fight when you can.
What’s in your authorly arsenal? We’re always looking for books to help us conquer writer’s block and other afflictions.
An expert editor, seasoned writer, and author-centric marketer, Shayla Raquel works one-on-one with authors and business owners every day. Her blog posts have been featured on popular websites like The Book Designer and Positive Writer. She is the author of the Pre-Publishing Checklist and her novel-in-progress, The Suicide Tree. She lives in Oklahoma with her two dogs, Chanel and Wednesday.