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November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and scores of authors are prepping to write their masterpiece (or at least, 50,000 words of it!) over the course of the month. 30 days, 50,000 words… It seems a bit daunting. Well, that’s where your library is here to help! Whether you’ve been planning out your novel since last November or are just considering the possibility right now, WPPL has plenty of helpful books to get you started.

Since we’ll be covering so much ground, I’ll be breaking up this topic into a series of more focused lists, so no matter which part of your writing needs work, you’ll be able to find the right book for you! Keep an eye out throughout the month for more booklists!

Today, we’ll focus on books for getting started. How to set up your novel, get those creative juices flowing, and strengthen your writing!

Write Your Novel in a Month: How to Complete a First Draft in 30 Days and What to Do Next
by Jeff Gerke

No Plot? No Problem! A Low Stress, High Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days
by Chris Baty

Storyville! An Illustrated Guide to Writing Fiction
by John Dufresne and Evan Wondolowski

Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft
by Janet Burroway

Your Writing Coach: From Concepts to Characters, from Pitch to Publication
by Jurgen Wolff

Crafting Novels and Short Stories: The Complete Guide to Writing Great Fiction
by Scott Bell

Mastering the Process: From Idea to Novel
by Elizabeth George

How to Craft a Great Story: How to Master Plot, Structure and Form in Your Creative Process
by Chris Sykes


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