For inspiration, Writer’s Block and Solace:

  • Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
  • The Writing Warrior: Discovering the Courage to Free Your True Voice by Laraine Herring
  • On Writing by Stephen King
  • Writing Alone and With Others by Pat Schneider

Some books to keep on your shelf and refer to from time to time:

  • What if? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter

–This is my go-to book for refreshing my thinking on all the elements of fiction, from character development to plot to point-of-view, etc. Great exercises for writers at all stages of writing

  • Fiction Writer’s Workshop by Josip Novakovich.

–This book presents the fundamentals of ten basic elements of fiction writing.

Some links to websites and blogs for writers:

Author Platform:

Building your author website, by Robert Mening: covers everything (in step by step fashion) a writer needs to know to build their very own beautiful website in just under an hour.

Create Your Writer’s Platform, by Chuck Sambuchino

When you’re ready to write a novel:

  • 90 Days to Your Novel by Sarah Domet

–I found this book incredibly helpful though I didn’t manage to write my novel in 90 days. I decided I’d give it a year, but finished the first draft in 9 months! Some of us have to work for a living. While I loved this book and the exercises, I didn’t agree with her time allotted for each step. I spent much more time on them than she suggested. And I spent considerably more time writing my characters’ profiles.

If you’re writing a memoir:

  • FEARLESS Confessions by Sue William Silverman

When you’re finished with you book project:

–This is released annually, so if you purchase your book from Amazon, make sure you buy the most recent issue.

–This is released annually as well.

If you plan to self-publish:

–I highly recommend this site; it’s virtually free.

–If you’d like to use a full-service DIY publishing service, this book analyzes, compares, and provides insight into a number of self-publishing companies.

–Be sure to purchase the most recent copy.  I recommended this book to a friend and she purchased an older version, which turned out to have very outdated information. Mark updates regularly

–We had a terrible experience publishing with Booklocker, so I would recommend avoiding them! I imagine plenty of people have had better luck, but I thought I’d pass that on.