These are some of the books I’ve read and would recommend. If you’re short of cash/time, find them in your local library – I’ve marked the ones with a ‘*’ that would make an immediate impact i.e. if you could only get two books to get you writing or starting a novel.


Reclaiming the creative within

The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron
The Vein of Gold, Julia Cameron


Starting to write

Writing down the bones, Natalie Goldberg*
The Sound of Paper, Julia Cameron
Becoming a writer, Dorothea Brande


Writing prompts, exercises

The Creative Writing Coursebook, Edited by Julia Bell and Paul Magrs
The 3 a.m. Epiphany, Brian Kiteley


Novel Writing

Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint, Nancy Kress
Description & Setting, Ron Rozelle
Plot & Structure, James Scott Bell
Dialogue, Gloria Kempton
Make a scene, Jordan E. Rosenfeld
Beginnings, Middles & Ends, Nancy Kress


Novel Revision

Self-editing for fiction writers, Renni Browne and Dave King
Revision & Self-editing, James Scott Bell*
Solutions for writers, Sol Stein (called ‘How To Grow A Novel’ in US)
Nail your novel, Roz Morris



Self-printed, Catherine Ryan Howard
The new author, R.A. Barnes


A writer’s life

Bird by bird, Anne Lamott
Write from the heart, Hal Zina Bennett



Eats, shoots & leaves, Lynne Truss
The Penguin Writer’s Manual, Penguin Reference
The Elements of Style, Strunk & White
How not to write a novel, Sandra Newman and Howard Mittelmark


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