The following books are ones I’ve used and loved as I have developed my style, structure, and writing habits. I write romance, usually with sex and always with a happy ending, and that has certainly effected the writing guidebooks selection. I also have some strong opinions about writing and have chosen books in alignment with those opinions. Lastly, I am a practicing witch and Pagan. All of these things have effected my book selection so I wanted to give you a heads up.
I know I said this post is a Top 8, and it is as far as there are 10 books listed. However, there is no hierarchical order to them. Some of these books are so different I couldn’t really say that one is better than the other, only that they are ones I have gotten a lot out of.
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5 Favorite Books for Writers
2k to 10k: How to Write Faster, Write Better, and Write More of What you Love by Rachel Aaron – this book is fabulous but the part that effected me the strongest was her advice for when you’re dreading or not enthusiastic about writing a scene. She points out the obvious – if you’re not excited to write it, no one will be excited to read it so figure out a way to make it exciting for you. You can read the blog post that gave her the foundation for this book here.
Rapid Release: How to Write & Publish Fast for Profit by Jewel Allen. Even if you’re not interested in putting out a novel a month, this book is perfect for getting that book you’ve been writing finished. It’ll help motivate you to write instead of just thinking about writing. If you are thinking about self-publishing and making money, this is a fabulous look at how one author not only did it but helped others to do so.
30 Day Book Marketing Challenge: How to Energize Your Book Sales in a Month! by Rachel Thompson. I believe this book is a MUST HAVE for any author that wants to sell their books and perhaps make a career from their writing. Its a simple, step by step challenge with information about social media, platform building, and more. Also check out How to Best Optimize Blog Posts for SEO by Thompson. She is a fabulous resource in general – check out her website, NaNoProMo, and weekly book marketing chat on Twitter. (BTW, are we friends on Twitter yet?)
Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J. Cohen. If you are writing a cozy or soft mystery OR just have a mystery as part of your external plot in your story, this is a fabulous book to help you plot out the arc and keep your clues in order.
Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels (How to Write Kissing Books) by Gwen Hayes. By far my favorite book on writing romance whether sweet or steamy. Hayes helped out my writing a great deal by breaking down the romance story arc not only into the 3 act structure but further into 4 parts then into beats. By making sure my writing hit those beats it made the story tighter, flow better, and helped save me from the saggy middle a few times.
3 Magickal Writing Guidebooks
The following books are ones I recommend if you have any interest in witchcraft and combining it with your writing.
Mapping the Hero’s Journey with Tarot: 33 Days to Finish Your Book by Arwen Lynch. A fantastic roadmap on how to use tarot cards to help your novel writing.
A Witch’s Guide to NaNoWriMo by December Fields-Bryant. Spells, rituals, and more to help you in your writing journey.
Crafting Magick with Pen and Ink by Susan Pesznecker. If you can’t seem to get the ideas flowing or focused and want a little magickal aid, this is the perfect book for you.
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