I tend to dabble in writing fiction. Even though I have never published anything (yet), here’s a list of books, tools and other invaluable things I discovered throughout my years of writing. It’s by no means an exhaustive list, but more a “things I like”-overview.
Who knows, someone of you gets inspired by it.
There’s an impressive amount of books “on writing” , so here’s the ones that you definitely should read, ignore the rest for now and simply start writing.Consider this my personal top 10, with number 1 on top:
- On Writing by King, Stephen (2012) Paperback
- Wonderbook (Revised and Expanded): The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction
- The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing
- Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within
- The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop: A Guide to the Craft of Fiction (Modern Library Paperbacks)
- How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy
- Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting
- Just Write: Creating Unforgettable Fiction and a Rewarding Writing Life
- Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print
- My Story Can Beat Up Your Story: Ten Ways to Toughen Up Your Screenplay from Opening Hook to Knockout Punch
For Dutch-reading people, I’d like to add one more to this list: Schrijfwijzer
Need more? Check out this curated goodreads list by yours truly.
You don’t need a lot to write. Honestly, pen and paper or notepad suffice. However, for larger project I keep returning to these three “tools”:
- Scrivener: A great organizer and ‘visualizer’ of your story and project. Buy this during nanowrimo at a discount here.
- Novlr.org: I’ve been using this one ever since it was launched (in fact, I’m a lifetime member) and it’s my main writing environment during drafting.
- Aeon Timeline: An invaluable tool to keep track of all your timelines. During nanowrimo they usually also offer a nice discount.
- Masterclass.com: Ok, to be fair, this one is expensive and with 200 dollars a year you could buy my whole top 10 of creative books and learn way more. However, it’s the only way to learn from the master, Neil Gaiman, himself. So yeah, I like it.
- Couch to 80k bootcamp: Need a more cheap approach? (can’t blame ya) Then you should definitely Tim Clare’s FREE bootcamp. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It was both inspiring and insightful. (oh, it’s also embedded inside novlr.org, which is a nice extra)