Do you ever feel like there’s a novel inside of you that’s waiting to be written? Now’s your chance! November is National Novel Writing Month and every year, writers from all over the country take part in the NaNoWriMo challenge. The goal is to write 50,000 in the 30 days of November. Whether you want to officially register for the challenge or you want to create a challenge of your own, here are some great books to inspire and break up your writer’s block.
The complete idiot’s guide to writing a novel by Tom Monteleone— Don’t let the title prevent you from checking out this complete writer’s guide. This book covers everything including interviews with bestselling authors, general writing techniques, writing genre fiction, and how to get your work published. This is a helpful reference book for any stage of the writing process.
No plot? No problem! : a low-stress, high-velocity guide to writing a novel in 30 days Chris Baty—Get a leg-up on NaNoWriMo from one of the minds behind the writing challenge. Baty provides pep talks and survival tips to help you through the grueling 30 day challenge. This book will help break your writer’s block and unleash your creative side.
The 3 a.m. epiphany : uncommon writing exercises that transform your fiction by Brian Kiteley— Inspiration and the need to write can strike at any moment, sometimes in the middle of the night. Kiteley’s book is full of writing exercises designed to help you think, write, and revise your work. As the director of University of Denver’s creative writing program, he has crafted these exercises through his 15 years of experience. Transform your ideas and overcome your self-editing and doubts with this great book.
Spunk & bite: a writer’s guide to bold, contemporary style by Arthur Plotnik—Do you want to take your writing from blah to wow? Spunk and Bite is full of writing exercises to help you take your writing to the next level. Plotnik’s book isn’t just for creative writers. It can help improve your everyday writing, such as business reports, memos, and emails.
Write is a verb: Sit down. Start writing. No excuses by Bill O’Hanlo—The act of writing can be overwhelming. As a psychotherapist and writing coach, O’Hanlo brings unique principles and methods to help you sit down and write. These methods are meant to be customized to your preferences, so they work for you. These techniques include knowing how to manage overwhelming projects so you can finish what you start.
The pocket muse : ideas & inspirations for writing by Monica Wood— When writer’s block strikes, flip through The Pocket Muse! Full of pictures, prompts, and exercise, this book is great for breaking through the block and getting your creativity flowing again.
Help! for writers : 210 solutions to the problems every writer faces by Roy Peter Clark—Are you stuck in your writing process? Clark provides unique trouble shooting for the most common problems during the seven stages of the writing process. This book will have you looking for inspiration in everyday life from graffiti to the deleted scenes of your favorite DVD.
2015 guide to self-publishing by Robert Lee Brewer, editor—So you’ve successfully completed NaNoWriMo. Now what? If you’re looking to self-publish your newly minted manuscript, this guide provides advice on everything including cover design, copyright, and promoting your work. This book also includes great advice from successful independent authors.
Writers on Writing
Bird by bird: some instructions on writing and life by Anne Lamott—Writing can be overwhelming. Staring at a blank page, you might feel pressured to fill the whole document immediately. Lamott has a simple solution: take it one word at a time. Filled with great advice from her own experiences, Bird by Bird is a funny, insightful, and inspirational look into the life of an author.
The writing life: writers on how they think and work: a collection from the Washington post book world edited and with an introduction by Marie Arana—Are you looking for a range of perspectives on writing to figure out what strategies work best for you? In this anthology, fifty authors share their tips and secrets to their writing success. This eclectic group of writers may contain the motivation you need to successfully finish NaNoWriMo.
Only as good as your word: writing lessons from my favorite literary gurus by Susan Shapiro—Shapiro knows that in order to be a great writer, you need to learn from the best. She shares her favorite advice from the authors that have inspired her career. Her mentors will quickly become your mentors for their support and advice.
Negotiating with the dead: a writer on writing by Margaret Atwood—What does it mean to be a writer? How do people connect with their audience? Atwood examines these questions and many more as she talks about her writing experiences and shares some of the great works of literature that have inspired her craft.
Whether you’re looking to write fiction, poetry, nonfiction, or a screenplay, the Southfield Public Library has books to guide your literary ambitions. For more information about National Writing Month, visit nanowrimo.org.