So far I’ve mostly been browsing through all the writing books I already have. I have a very clear plan for what I’m doing in September and October for Nano, so I’m just looking for little things that might help my plan go more smoothly. I did grab a few new books to try out this month though:
*The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell. I’m still in the middle of this one, I’m taking my time on it (and he rambles a lot so I have to take breaks for my sanity). The mother of plot structure. I feel like I’ve read all the interpretations, but I’ve never read the original, so I’m doing it now.
*Take Your Pants Off! How to outline, by someone I cant remember. I didnt love it.
*Fool-Proof Outline by Christopher Downing. I bought this and TYPO! at the same time and was expecting for this one to be the dud. But I actually quite like it! It’s short, and is basically just a supplement for the Scrivener/Excel outline template the author created that you can download for free, but there’s some solid brainstorming, character, plot and scene questions in there that I am definitely going to incorporate into my own prep.
*Book Architecture by Stuart Horwitz. I’m re-reading this. All about what I call story gridding (aka story spreadsheets, tables, etc). The thing that JK Rowling did to outline HP, basically.
*The Ten Day Outline by Lewis Jorstad. Haven’t started it yet.