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A Writer's Tools

As a writer, you may use all kinds of tools to aid your creativity. You might have a favorite chair to sit in while you write, a certain type of tablet or pen you use, or a specific software program on your favorite laptop. In addition to these concrete items, you may find it helpful to employ exercises and techniques that help you organize your time and provide prompts and ideas. The books listed here will help you do just that!


Amazon Says: They say everyone has a book in them-and this insider's guide to nonfiction publishing will help readers everywhere write and sell that book. Rick Frishman and Robyn Freedman more...
Amazon Says: They say everyone has a book in them-and this insider's guide to nonfiction publishing will help readers everywhere write and sell that book. Rick Frishman and Robyn Freedman Spizman bring their tremendous publishing acumen, experience, and connections to the forefront in the latest addition to this phenomenal must-have reference set. Through practical advice and experienced testimonials, this book will show authors how to craft and sell nonfiction in today's tough marketplace. Drawing on their decades of experience in the media, Frishman and Spizman make the arcane elements of the publishing world accessible to all readers. This book and all others in the series are formatted as course books, providing readers with a comprehensive, step-by-step lesson plan. With AUTHOR 101: Bestselling Nonfiction, aspiring writers with a book blossoming inside of them will find the tools to get it out and onto the shelves of their nearest bookstore in no time. less...
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Amazon Says: Athletes practice. Musicians practice. As a writer you need to do the same. Whether you have dreams of writing a novel or a memoir or a collection of poems, or you simply want more...
Amazon Says: Athletes practice. Musicians practice. As a writer you need to do the same. Whether you have dreams of writing a novel or a memoir or a collection of poems, or you simply want to improve your everyday writing, this innovative book will show you how to build your skills by way of practice. Through playful and purposeful exercises, you'll develop your natural aptitude for communication, strengthening your ability to come up with things to say, and your ability to get those things into the minds (and the hearts) of readers. You'll learn to:Train and develop your writer's powers—creativity, memory, observation, imagination, curiosity, and the subconsciousUnderstand the true nature of the relationship between you and your readersFind your writer's voiceGet required writing projects done so you have more time for the writing you want to doAnd much more Empowering and down-to-earth, How to Be a Writer gives you the tools you need, and tells you what (and how) to practice so that you can become the writer you want to be. less...
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Amazon Says: This writing reference combines the renowned instruction of the late Gary Provost with the literary savvy of his longtime colleague and friend, Peter Rubie.' more...
Amazon Says: This writing reference combines the renowned instruction of the late Gary Provost with the literary savvy of his longtime colleague and friend, Peter Rubie.' less...
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I'd Rather Be Writing by Marcia Golub
Amazon Says: Blending encouragement and humor with solid advice, this guide shows writers how to gain more satisfaction from the writing craft. more...
Amazon Says: Blending encouragement and humor with solid advice, this guide shows writers how to gain more satisfaction from the writing craft. less...
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Amazon Says: Here's the book writers have been waiting for! Covering every aspect of the creative journey, Living the Writing Life shows readers how to: *Develop salable ideas *Turn ideas more...
Amazon Says: Here's the book writers have been waiting for! Covering every aspect of the creative journey, Living the Writing Life shows readers how to: *Develop salable ideas *Turn ideas into stories *Set a writing schedule and stick to it *Conduct accurate research *Dissect best-sellers in order to discover what makes them work *Develop compelling characters and plot *Write dialogue that sounds real and engaging *Find an agent or an editor who will help publish your work *Put their ideas into story form *Understand the submission and publishing process *Promote their work *Stay alive and inspired through it all Advice is given in a straightforward and usable manner, laying out and examining all of the tools available to writers, from imagination to technology. less...
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Amazon Says: Take Control of Your Writing Life!The creative process can be treacherous, even for the most experienced writer. Facing the blank page, staying inspired, sustaining momentum, more...
Amazon Says: Take Control of Your Writing Life!The creative process can be treacherous, even for the most experienced writer. Facing the blank page, staying inspired, sustaining momentum, managing competing priorities and coping with rejection are just a few of the challenges writers face regularly.The Productive Writer is your guide to learning the systems, strategies and psychology that can help you transform possibilities into probabilities in your writing life. You'll sharpen your productivity pencil by learning how to:Set clear goals—and achieve themCreate a writing schedule that really worksDiscover what keeps you writing, revising, and submittingCarve out writing time amidst the demands of work and familyWeed out habits and attitudes that are not serving youOrganize your thinking, workspace, papers and filesIncrease your odds of publication and prosperityUse social media to build an author platformGet comfortable going public and promoting your writingCreate a sustainable writing rhythm and lifestyleAccomplish what matters most to youCreate the writing life you most desire. The Productive Writer will help take you there. less...
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Amazon Says: "The Write Type" teaches writers how to identify what kind of writer they are, so they can create a writing system that helps them write their very best work.On the heels of " more...
Amazon Says: "The Write Type" teaches writers how to identify what kind of writer they are, so they can create a writing system that helps them write their very best work.On the heels of "Write", her acclaimed book on writer's block, comes Dr. Peterson's innovative program to help writers identify their individual quirks and tendencies - and, once identified, craft a system that capitalises on them. With such a personalised system, writers can then enhance their creativity, increase their output, and write the works they were born to write! less...
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Amazon Says: Ideal for aspiring authors who only dream of actually finishing their works in progress, this guide features proven, field-tested tools guaranteed to successfully complete tha more...
Amazon Says: Ideal for aspiring authors who only dream of actually finishing their works in progress, this guide features proven, field-tested tools guaranteed to successfully complete that romance, expert guide to business success, or great American novel. The chapters simplify the writing process by breaking it down into a series of discrete tasks, from creating a schedule in order to finish within a reasonable time, brainstorming sections of the book, and organizing ideas into chapters to rewriting, editing, submitting for publication, and even marketing. This reference is tailored to help writers avoid distractions and delays by establishing and maintaining a powerful writing momentum, thereby carrying their projects to completion. The psychological blocks that prevent writers from completing their manuscripts as well as how to combat them are also explored. less...
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Amazon Says: This book is all about writing for publication. How to plan, create and edit work that will sell. How to write a book that you'll be proud of- and which might yet launch you o more...
Amazon Says: This book is all about writing for publication. How to plan, create and edit work that will sell. How to write a book that you'll be proud of- and which might yet launch you on a new career. Crammed with examples (positive and negative) from successful authors, this essential guide is for writers of every genre: fiction and narrative non-fiction, literary and commercial, adults and children. This guide tells you how to: - Understand your market - Plan your novel or memoir - Develop strong, empathetic characters - Structure and maintain a compelling plot - Ensure that your prose style is strong enough to carry your story - Polish your work until it shines less...
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Amazon Says: Writer's Digest Writing Clinic plays off the most successful feature in Writer's Digest magazine - the monthly Writing Clinic critique, in which an expert provides a thoughtfu more...
Amazon Says: Writer's Digest Writing Clinic plays off the most successful feature in Writer's Digest magazine - the monthly Writing Clinic critique, in which an expert provides a thoughtful, constructive analysis of a manuscript with problems of general interest to writers. By reading other beginning writers' fiction, nonfiction and poetry, accompanied by in-depth critiques, writers will learn how to learn from and offer effective criticism. The material selected for this book shows problems common to novice writers. There are also real-life query letters, novel synopses, and nonfiction marketing analyses, with common problems and solutions offered by experts. Throughout, readers are shown how to take the lessons learned from the provided examples and apply them to their own work. less...
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Amazon Says: Where do you get your ideas?It’s a question that plagues every writer. And once you’ve got an idea, what then? Ideas without a plan, without a purpose, are no more than pl more...
Amazon Says: Where do you get your ideas?It’s a question that plagues every writer. And once you’ve got an idea, what then? Ideas without a plan, without a purpose, are no more than pleasant thoughts. So how do you come up with those ideas, and how do you turn them into writing that will engage your reader?The Writer’s Idea Book is here to help you find the answers. Utilizing more than 400 prompts and exercises, you’ll generate intriguing ideas and plumb their possibilities to turn them into something amazing.This indispensable guide will help you:Develop good writing habits that foster creativityExplore your own life for writing materialDraw inspiration from the world around youFind form for your ideas, develop them into a piece of writing, and make them betterLet The Writer’s Idea Book give you the insight and self-awareness to create and refine ideas that demand to be transformed into greater works, the kind of compelling, absorbing writing that will have other writers asking "where do you get your ideas?" less...
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Amazon Says: Big Fiction Advice from a Little BookThere is nothing little about the dynamic fiction-writing advice inside The Writer's Little Helper. With big ideas, time-saving tips, and more...
Amazon Says: Big Fiction Advice from a Little BookThere is nothing little about the dynamic fiction-writing advice inside The Writer's Little Helper. With big ideas, time-saving tips, and revision-made-easy charts, James V. Smith, Jr. offers effective guidance in short, easily checklists, Q&As, and practical tools.This book gives you everything you need to:Create great charactersMaintain a compelling paceCraft believable dialogueExpand your creativityRevise your work to perfectionAttract agent's and editor's attentionAnd much, much more! The unique format of the book allows you to read from start to finish or to focus just on areas where your fiction needs work. With valuable and surprising tips on every page, The Writer's Little Helper is sure to become your biggest fiction writing aid. less...
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Amazon Says: The inspiration, stamina, and power to take charge of your writing life—every day.Get the daily jolt of energy your writing life needs from The Writer’s Workout. In more...
Amazon Says: The inspiration, stamina, and power to take charge of your writing life—every day.Get the daily jolt of energy your writing life needs from The Writer’s Workout. Inside you’ll find manageable, no-nonsense techniques for every aspect of your writing career from getting organized to connecting with your audience to building relationships.Veteran writing coach Christina Katz draws on her knowledge from more than a decade in the business to give you tips, exercises, and insider strategies to build your skills.Make your writing as strong and powerful as possible.Pitch and sell your work at every opportunity.Overcome rejection to come back better than ever.Promote your work and build an audience.Learn how to balance your creative life with your daily life.With The Writer’s Workout, you’ll develop skill, strength, and confidence – everything you need to build a robust, unique writing career that’s built to last.Bonus online exclusive: Download a free motivational poster to keep you moving as your build your writing career at writersdigest.com/writers-workout. less...
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