So you want to write a book, but you aren’t sure where to start? Don’t worry, you are so not alone! Most of the time writers don’t know where to start, we simply begin. And then we begin again when we realize things aren’t working out exactly write, er, right. I’ve written a lot of blogs about the writing process, editing, plot development, and just about every other writer problem which are linked below. Here are a few printable pages that I use while I’m brainstorming and starting new manuscripts. I hope they help you, too!
There are a lot of books on writing that I absolutely adore. Here are a few of my favorites, about the craft of writing: Dani Shapiro, Still Writing; Jennifer Probst, Write Naked; Stephen King, On Writing; Karen Wiesner, First Draft in 30 Days; Donald Maas, Writing the Breakout Novel; Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing Erotic Romance, Alison Kent; Leslie Wainger, Writing a Romance Novel for Dummies, Kate Walker’s 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance. If you’d like a printable list of these books, plus a few more, click here.
And here are a few resource books that I’ve found handy to have around: Flip Dictionary, Chicago Manual of Style Guidelines, Character Naming Source Book, Sherrilyn Kenyon; Frommer’s USA and National Geographic’s Guide to Scenic Highways and Biways. You’ll find the printable list of these books, plus a few more, here.
Finally, here is that link list I mentioned above, broken down by category: