Overall, On WritingOn Writing is one of those books that every writer should read. It’s a good read, King’s journey to becoming a writer is interesting, his advice is both informative and, probably, dis/heartening for people, and the basic tenants of writing he shares are instrumental.

This memoir focuses on how King writes: his methods, beliefs, and tools.

You can learn from this book, but you shouldn’t follow its “rules” like commandments. And you can’t let it discourage you from writing if that’s what you really want to do. I don’t agree with at least a third of what King says, but you can’t deny that he is a prolific author and one that no one should turn their nose up at. He’s fought tooth and nail to get to where he is and he’s smart.



The Tough Guide to FantasylandFirst and foremost you should read Jones’s book front to back to familiarize yourself with every single cliché that the fantasy genre has to offer. Second, you should read it because it’s just so much fun to do so! I’ve never in my life so enjoyed reading a reference book, nor have I taken so much away from one.

Tropes hold a special place in everyone’s heart, but it’s important to acknowledge those that are exhausted and flip them on their heads. It doesn’t matter if you’re a reader or a writer.

If for even one second you’ve thought about writing an epic or high fantasy story, you need to read The Tough Guide to Fantasyland. It will save you time, effort, and anguish. If you’re not convinced it’s worthwhile, read this post.



The Emotion ThesaurusAll writer’s know that we can’t let our characters turn into cardboard cut-outs shaped like humans (or whatever species they’re intended to be) and let them move about the story like pieces on a chessboard. Easier said than done!

Ackerman and Puglisi have created an ideal book to help writers not only expand their characters’ emotions but provide the physical and mental symptoms that go along with so many emotions. Fleshing out characters has never been so simplified or diversified.

The Emotion Thesaurus will forever be on my currently-reading shelf because I can’t get along without it. I’ve struggled in the past to identify how my character feels depending on their body language or vice versa. Never again.



Novel Marketing

Whether a light bulb has just turned on over you as you decide you want to be a writer or you’re a seasoned veteran, Novel Marketing is worth your time. We live in an age where marketing means a great deal in relation to getting exposure and readers for writers in all stages of their careers.

Larking can teach you tricks with social media it would otherwise take you months to learn on your own (while probably doing things the wrong way). Moreover, she provides significant information that will help you find the platform that will work best for you before you get frustrated.

One rule underscores every topic in this book: no matter what, everything depends on a writer’s relationship with their readers.


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