Thursday, January 01, 2004

Some really great books

Books
Prompts and exercises

The Pocket Muse
The Pocket Muse
The Pocket Muse 2: Endless Inspiration for Writers
by Monica Wood

Full of photos, prompts and quotes. They can be used for prose, poetry, nonfiction without ties to any particular genre. I posted a longer review a bit ago. She posts tips (and some prompts) she's inspired to write down over the course of each year. DWP posts
Tarot for Writers
Tarot for Writers
by Corrine Kenner

Many many ideas for using tarot for writing; spreads for characters, plot, setting, what should happen next, writer's block and many others.
Unjournaling: Daily Writing Exercises that Are NOT Personal, NOT Introspective, NOT Boring!
 ◊  Unjournaling: Daily Writing Exercises that Are NOT Personal, NOT Introspective, NOT Boring!
by Dawn DiPrince, Cheryl Miller Thurston

Just as advertised :-) My "go to" book when I'm time crunched for a prompt. I can always find something interesting in it. DWP posts

Sparks
Not specifically prompts, but inspiring.

The Book of Qualities The Book of Qualities
by J. Ruth Gendler

Not prompts, but inspiring personifications of qualities. DWP posts
Caffeine for the Creative Mind: 250 Exercises to Wake Up Your Brain
Caffeine for the Creative Mind: 250 Exercises to Wake Up Your Brain
by Stefan Mumaw, Wendy Lee Oldfield

Packed full of 15-minute (some longer) creativity exercises. Some are writing, but some also design, photography, problem solving and play. Stretch your creativity muscles, especially when writer's block hits :-)
sticksbarbie.gif  ◊  Dragon Writing Sticks

Not a book but I don't have a category for toys. (Though if you click on the keyword Playthings, that will turn up games I've mentioned in posts.) We've had a lot of fun with these, mostly generating random outrageous headlines. Great for groups too.


The craft of writing
Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From ActorsGetting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From Actors
by Brandilyn Collins

Actors' techniques for writers to aid in creating vivid, believable characters. DWP posts
Immediate Fiction: A Complete Writing Course

 ◊  Immediate Fiction
by Jerry Cleaver

Jerry Cleaver gets into how to fix story problems. While he doesn't say anything new, it's the way he says it that is very clear, practical and inspires you to delve into your book and fix it. As I mentioned in my review what has stuck with me is that in real life our goal is to avoid and smooth over conflict. We want to get along. But characters need to do the opposite. To get what they want they need to be willing to mess things up.
A Writer's Guide to Fiction (Writer's Compass)
A Writer's Guide to Fiction
by Elizabeth Lyon

(I remember liking this but can't remember anything specific. I'll keep it linked so I can remember to look at it again. The reviews are very good at Amazon. It covers the the whole process from writing to revising to selling.)

 ◊  Personal favorites I've used many times.
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