If you’ve ever identified yourself as a writer, you’ve probably heard of Stephen King’s On Writing and Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. Both are excellent books that I’ve enjoyed.
However, today I wanted to share some books that are less about the craft of writing and more about specific details you can use to make your writing stronger.
|Thesaurus Collection – (Becca Puglisi, Angela Ackerman)
Yes, I just highlighted these a couple of weeks ago because of their new release, Emotional Wound Thesaurus (which is now available wherever fine books are sold). But consider checking out the entire series:
These books go into great detail about feelings, trauma, reactions, physical attributes, conflicts… If I had only one set of resources, this would be it.
|Howdunit Series – (Various authors)
These books are definitely dated, but if you’re writing anything set in the ’80s or before, they’re perfect. And they’re great for brainstorming or to use as a starting point to then do further research. They cover all kinds of criminal activities and police procedures:
|Very Short Introductions (VSI) – (Various authors)
These tiny books cover almost every imaginable topic – over 500 books in the series, including Weather, Depression, The Habsburg Empire, Biology, European Union Law, etc. If you have a subject you need to learn about, these small volumes are an excellent starting point. Also, they include more resources for further reading.
For more writing and creativity resources, check out my shelf on Goodreads. I haven’t read all of them, but I often flip through them as references.