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20 Books I Want to Read

  1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  4. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  6. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  7. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  8. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  9. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  10. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  11. The Stand by Stephen King
  12. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  13. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  14. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  15. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  16. The Timetraveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  17. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  18. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  19. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  20. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Writer’s Block

I have been suffering writer’s block lately. I have tried to work on my novel but just can’t seem to get the ideas to come together. So, I checked out a couple of books. I have only just started the first one. It is called Writing Fiction Step by Step: An award-winning author leads you through more than 200 exercises enabling you to complete a story or novel. It is by Josip Novakovich. The exercises so far have really made me think. He has 14 chapters, each detailing a story element. Each chapter is full of 10-20 exercises. Each exercise has Purpose, Tip, and Check sections. He also shows how each element works in a story by giving examples from current and past literature.

He states early on, that the exercises needn’t be done in order. He does say that they are all connected and that you should connect several (if not all) of your exercises together to form scenes. He says “The exercises thus build upon each other, and once you have finished the book, you might have drafts of a dozen stories and outlines with a couple of chapters for a novel or two.”

So far, I have found several exercises that will help with my novel. I have gone though and copied down several that I intend to put in my writer’s journal. If anyone has any great books about writing, please let me know. I am always looking for books (and other resources).

Well, back to reading…



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