These are the books and tools that have been most useful to me. It seemed like a good idea to put them in one place for easy reference.
(I have no association with any of these…. I’ve just had a good experience with them.)
- I got a lot of value out of ThrillerFest 2015, and I’m going back in 2016. Especially consider signing up for the Master CraftFest session if you can.
- David Farland’s online classes at My Story Doctor. If I had to name one thing that most helped me transition to writing seriously, it would be these classes. David addresses both the craft of writing and the business of writing.
- Writing Excuses. “Fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart.” Actually, they’re that smart and then some. This podcast is friendly, clear and easily digestible.
- Becoming a Writer, by Dorothea Brande. This book was published in 1934 and it’s still in print — that should tell you something. This is not a book about technique (you can find hundreds of good books on technique)… it’s about learning to tap into and harness your creativity. In fact, I was first given this book by an art professor who felt that it was applicable to all artists, and not just writers. Yes, the writing style is practically archaic. Yes, both psychology and technology have come a long way since this book was written. This book is still useful in spite of those things.
- Motivate Your Writing!: Using Motivational Psychology to Energize Your Writing Life, by Stephen P. Kelner Jr. This book can help you understand why you want to write (you may think you know… you’re probably wrong) and then how to arrange your work habits to best encourage and reward yourself for writing.
- 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love, by Rachel Aaron. This book started as a series of posts on the author’s excellent blog, but it’s so inexpensive and so valuable that you’re better off buying it than digging through old blog posts for the same information.
(I took the photo at the top of this page outside of the Stockholm city hall. The statue is named “Loki’s punishment” and was created by Ida Matton in 1923. I used it for this page because–let’s face it–writing sometimes feels like this.)