Recommended Reading

Inspirational Non-fiction Books

Mindset by Carol Dweck

Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins

The Tao of Writing by Ralph Wahlstrom

Fiction Craft Books


How to Write a Damn Good Novel by James. N. Frey

Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain

How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Unless It Moves the Human Heart by Roger Rosenblatt

Wired for Story by Lisa Cron

The Tao of Writing by Ralph L. Wahlstrom


The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

The Positive Trait Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

The Negative Trait Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

The Art of Character by David Corbett


Structuring Your Novel by K. M. Weiland


The Art of Language Invention by David J. Petersen

Writing Vivid Settings by Rayne Hall

The Writing Active Setting Series by Mary Buckham

Style and Theme

Writing Deep Point of View by Rayne Hall

Word Painting by Rebecca McClanahan

Mastering the Craft of Writing by Stephen Wilbers

Steering the Craft by Ursula K. Le Guin

Websites, housing free literature from “Gray’s Anatomy of the Human Body” to Strunk’s “Elements of Style”

BookBub, a website that compiles lists of very, very cheap e-book deals (some free!) ranging from up and coming to bestsellers.  This is a great website for readers and writers alike.

Electronic Copyright Office, for those who live in the USA and are ready to copyright their work

David RM Software, a site with super-cool freewriting, journaling, and memoir prompts, home of the do-it-yourself alternative to getting an MFA

Fanfiction.NET, because some writers might need practice or just want to have fun

National Novel Writing Month, a.k.a NaNoWriMo

OverDrive, the partner that allows you to borrow eMaterials from your public library with just a library card

Project Gutenberg, because who doesn’t love free e-books? You’ll find many classics here.

PolyGlot 2.0, opensource software for constructed languages — must-have for fantasy and science fiction authors!, an online writing community for writers of all kinds

Writer Igniter, a story generator that comes up with a character, situation, prop, and setting for you roulette-style, a website with a ton of prompts (including an awesome first-line story generator)

Random Image Generator, a generator that produces random images for all your visually-based writing prompt needs

Scribophile, another online writing community that bases its system on credits through critiques

Seventh Sanctum, a wonderful writing prompt website full of all kinds of prompts for all kinds of genres

The Idiomatic, an idiom generator that’s great for story prompts

The Grinder, a website to help you keep track of all your submissions for publication

More coming soon!


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