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Nanowrimo Book Recommendations

Howdy all, and welcome Nanowrimo writers!

GIPHY  – Actual footage of me walking into this conversation like I haven’t been gone for months.

It’s been a minute since I last posted, but I wanted to share some Nanowrimo book recommendations to get you started on your nano journey. If you’re like me, this pandemic has hit you hard in terms of energy levels (I work in the travel industry so. . .yeah.)

But Nanowrimo gives us the chance to dive into the exciting world of storytelling. It’s a much needed break from these stressful times. So, with that in mind, here are a few craft books to ease you into the 30-day challenge.

The recs:

The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults by Cheryl B. Klein

  • Why I like it: It’s a very nuanced look at writing a book. It really helps you unpack the “why” of your novel and the impact you hope it has on your readers. I know the title says children and YA, but I really believe every writer can find a takeaway from this book.
  • Favorite sections: Promise and Premise, Structure and Sensibility, Obstacles and Negotiations, Clarity and Connection

Save the Cat! Writes A Novel by Jessica Brody

  • Why I Like It: This book takes you through the novel-writing process from start to finish. By the time you’re done reading, you’ll know precisely where you story fits into the larger canon. Even if you skip the beat sheet (don’t!), check out the genre sections. The author breaks down each genre with concrete examples for a truly eye-opening experience.
  • Favorite sections: The Save the Cat Beat Sheet, Pitch it to Me, Not Your Mother’s Genres

Additional Nanowrimo book recommendations:

Well, that’s it for my Nanowrimo book recommendations. Let’s be thankful that this year’s Nanowrimo falls outside of Mercury Retrograde, shall we?

Until next time!


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