808: Start Your Writing Journey!

The titles contained in this collection will help guide you through the process of writing your next novel, children's book, screenplay, and non-fiction piece. Topics of these books range from understanding the writing process, finding your voice, developing a writing schedule, and even includes author musings on the act of writing.

Updated August 24, 2023
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The aspiring screenwriter's dirty lowdown guide to fame and fortune : tough lessons you need to know to take your script from premise to premiere
Rose, Andy (Screenwriter)
A humorous and pithy guide to the craft of writing a screenplay and the business of being a screenwriter. Seeing your name on the silver screen beneath the words "Written By" is a moment most writers only dream of. But for those daring and talented few, brave enough to take...


Craft in the real world : rethinking fiction writing and workshopping
Salesses, Matthew
This national bestseller is "a significant contribution to discussions of the art of fiction and a necessary challenge to received views about whose stories are told, how they are told and for whom they are intended" (Laila Lalami, The New York Times Book Review). The...


Elements of fiction
Mosley, Walter
In his essential writing guide, This Year You Write Your Novel, Walter Mosley supplied aspiring writers with the basic tools to write a novel in one year. In this com-plementary follow up, Mosley guides the writer through the elements of not just any fiction writing, but the kind of...


How to grow a novel : the most common mistakes writers make and how to overcome them
Stein, Sol
Each year thousands of fiction writers, from beginners to bestselling author, benefit from Sol Stein's sold-out workshops, featured appearances at writers' conferences, software for writers, on-line columns, and his popular first book for writers, Stein on Writing. Stein practices what he...


The kite and the string : how to write with spontaneity and control - and live to tell the tale
Mattison, Alice
The Kite and the String is the only writing guide to explore both the stages of creative work and the practise of developing effective attitudes. Writing well does not result from following rules and instructions, but from a blend of spontaneity, discipline and particular attitudes toward the work....


The magic words : writing great books for children and young adults
Klein, Cheryl B.
The best children's and young adult novels take readers on wonderful outward adventures and stirring inward journeys. In The Magic Words, editor Cheryl B. Klein guides writers on an enjoyable and practical-minded voyage of their own, from developing a saleable premise for a novel to finding a...


The making of a story : a Norton guide to creative writing
LaPlante, Alice
A Los Angeles Times bestseller: wonderfully lucid and illuminating, Alice LaPlante's guide to writing fiction "recalls Francine Prose's bestseller, Reading Like a Writer" (Library Journal). The Making of a Story is a fresh and inspiring guide to the...


Never say you can't survive
Anders, Charlie Jane
WINNER OF THE 2022 HUGO AWARD FOR BEST RELATED WORK From Charlie Jane Anders, the award-winning author of novels such as All the Birds in the Sky and The City in the Middle of the Night, this is one of the most practical guides to storytelling that you will ever read...


Welcome to the writer's life : how to design your writing craft, writing business, writing practice, and reading practice
Perhach, Paulette
Learn how to take your work to the next level with this informative guide on the craft, business, and lifestyle of writing   With warmth and humor, Paulette Perhach welcomes you into the writer's life as someone who has once been on the outside looking in. Like a...


The writer's practice : building confidence in your nonfiction writing
Warner, John
After more than two decades teaching college-level writing following the most established and well-regarded practices, writer, editor, and educator John Warner knew he could do better. Drawing on his classroom experience and the most persuasive research in contemporary composition studies, he...

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