Can a book help you write a book?

I’ve often wondered about books that teach you how to write books. On the one hand, I’ve always thought “if I am going to be a novelist, surely I should just be able to write a book?” But on the other hand, writing a book is actually pretty torturous.

It’s no secret that I’ve been struggling lately, and so I am open to any help I can get…

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Enter this little gem from Nathan Bransford. I binged on this during my writing session this morning, and it turns out all I needed was a few pages to get my creative brain a- whirring.

Not only is it filled with cheerleader-like pep talks that help restore a little faith, but it has also given me something which I have been unable to find by myself… focus.

The greatest piece of advice so far? To stop thinking about the gargantuan task of writing a novel and to start small. So I’ve taken Mr. B’s advice. I’ve started to get to know my lead character better, and I’m actually making progress. Her name is Sophie. And I know more about her than I ever did before. And that makes me pretty happy…


More to come about her. ?


  1. 6 May 2016 / 3:43 am

    You’re in my reader today! HOORAY! I guess the engineers got it sorted out?? I hope so! Great to see you here again. 🙂

  2. 15 May 2016 / 1:21 am

    Yeah! I’m going to look for that book. Glad you were inspired!

  3. 17 May 2016 / 4:12 am

    Sounds like a no-nonsense book alright. Thanks for sharing. Good luck. >-I

      17 May 2016 / 12:42 pm

      Thank you very much! No nonsense is definitely what I need right now… 🙂

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