Recommended Reads

Creating anything is a never a solitary project. Even though we sit in our homes/offices/cafes and work independently, the words pouring (okay, sometimes drizzling) onto the page are a product of the knowledge we’ve accumulated. And knowledge of the writing craft is one of those pillars. Here are some of the resources that I’ve found invaluable.

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I LOVED this book. Probably because it’s the nexus of my two passions – brain science and writing. But Lisa Cron walks you through why you should focus on the science of why readers read, and then provides a blueprint to base your manuscript on so you can achieve just that. Check out my review HERE.

Buy Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel, you won’t regret it.

 

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Also worth checking out is Lisa’s first book Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence

 

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Writers Helping Writers, their name says it all. All of their resources are amazing, and so is their blog (which I’ve guest posted on). Make sure you have a copy of The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma

 

 

 

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Also worthy of space on your shelves in the Positive Trait Thesaurus

 

 

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And it’s sibling the Negative Trait Thesaurus. Great for character building!

 

 

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A classic book for any plotter (yep, that’s me). Although originally written for screenwriters, this book is invaluable in understanding story structure and character arc.

I highly recommend Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need

 

 

 

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Check out Blake’s other books (which sit proudly on my desk) Save the Cat!® Strikes Back: More Trouble for Screenwriters to Get into … and Out of

 

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And Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies: The Screenwriter’s Guide to Every Story Ever Told