Prompts and exercises
|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 |
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!|
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
Not specifically prompts, but inspiring.
|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 |
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 :-)
| ◊ 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 Actors |
by Brandilyn Collins
Actors' techniques for writers to aid in creating vivid, believable characters. DWP posts
◊ 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|
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.