I’ve been writing my entire life – I started with short stories, then graduated in high school to plays (dialogue was easier for me to write than narration). I moved to screenplays because screenwriters make more than playwrights if they sell something (Ha!), but writing what I wanted to kept calling out to me. 


In college I spent a lot of time doing historical research for courses, and LOVED it. Once I had some free time back, I started reading a chapter at a time, then writing – a chapter at a time.


I feel like writing a book is one of the hardest things in the world to do – it’s not like a quick five minute task to cross off a to do list. Doing the work takes enough time to really add up. 


A writing teacher gave me some good advice:

  • Take it one bit at a time, and don’t beat yourself up for what you didn’t do, celebrate what you did do.
  • Allow yourself to write garbage. It’s hard to edit nothing, much easier to edit a bad draft.
  • Don’t stop writing ever.
  • Learn everything you can to make your work better. 
  • Find other writers and stick together to support each other. What you don’t know they will.

There have always been great books by writers on writing to inspire  and instruct. Here are a few of them with more to come. As I create these lists, making a downloadable resource becomes the next logical step – watch this space for a listing of these books and resources. In the meantime, look here at the most popular fiction writing resources for authors, and then for resources for writing genre fiction, including romance novels.


Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.

“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999—and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it—fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.

With insight, humor, and practicality, Natalie Goldberg inspires writers and would-be writers to take the leap into writing skillfully and creatively. She offers suggestions, encouragement, and solid advice on many aspects of the writer’s craft: on writing from “first thoughts” (keep your hand moving, don’t cross out, just get it on paper), on listening (writing is ninety percent listening; the deeper you listen, the better you write), on using verbs (verbs provide the energy of the sentence), on overcoming doubts (doubt is torture; don’t listen to it)—even on choosing a restaurant in which to write. Goldberg sees writing as a practice that helps writers comprehend the value of their lives. The advice in her book, provided in short, easy-to-read chapters with titles that reflect the author’s witty approach (“Writing Is Not a McDonald’s Hamburger,” “Man Eats Car,” “Be an Animal”), will inspire anyone who writes—or who longs to.

Become a master of incredible characters. In this first installment of Series Bibles for Writers, discover the backstories, personalities, vulnerabilities, and what makes your fiction characters tick.

Contents include fully-customizable, in-depth pages for:

  • Different personality types and aspects
  • 12 primary character profiles with room for sketches and extra notes.
  • 24 secondary character profiles and notes.
  • 108 minor character mini-descriptions
  • Character groups and lists
  • Relationship maps and family trees
  • Reference lists (alphabetical and chronological)
  • Extra note pages for thoughts as they come to you.

Whether writing a series or multiple stand-alones, this workbook is comprehensive enough to handle it all. Think of this as a guided notebook–part of your own “series bible”– that won’t let you forget any detail. Even better, you can quickly search through your cast of characters as you’re writing! 

Please note: this is not a textbook. This is an organized space for you to create outstanding characters. No more sticky notes on the wall and thoughts scribbled out on lost envelopes. Free up your mind to write amazing fiction, and let these workbooks keep track of all the details that make your characters and worlds compelling.

About the creator: T.M. Holladay writes YA fantasy. She’s also a perfectionist. When her story worlds became too complicated for the sticky notes on her wall, she knew something had to be done, and she wasn’t the only writer out there with that problem.

The “Series Bibles for Writers” workbooks are the product of a massive effort to cover every possible detail in a flexible, adaptable form. Her labor of love has quickly become a new favorite among creators. For more Series Bibles for Writers, look for “The Only World Building Workbook You’ll Ever Need,” and “The Only Fantasy Workbook You’ll Ever Need.” 

Beyond the general fiction writing, romance as a genre has specific reader expectation and requirements – it’s not just about writing a great story or characters, but about the happily ever after or the happy for now ending, the sub-genres, the tropes, and definitely the sex (how much, how steamy, does the scene fade to black or does the reader watch the characters doing the nasty?)


From sweet romance to erotic romance fiction these books apply.


Write True intermingles personal essays on craft and being a career author with down-to-earth advice on writing romance in the digital age. Probst will teach you how to:

  • Handle and overcome fear using solid, step-by-step advice.
  • Pivot in an ever-changing industry.
  • Write fast moving, riveting dialogue.
  • Create description and setting that pop.
  • Master the keys to being a successful career author in the romance genre.
  • Develop heroes and heroines that captivate readers.
    Seed and develop a popular series.
  • Discover unique ways to market and build your platform.

In today’s ever-changing, competitive industry, connecting with your writing and story truths is key to sustaining a joyful, successful writing career. To survive—and thrive—you need the help and wisdom of an expert. It’s time to discover your truth as a storyteller.

Written in Probst’s unmistakable and honest voice, Write True is filled with lessons, craft, and truthful advice every writer needs to succeed.

When you are planning to write a new story, all you need to focus on are the characters, and how they are going to change during the course of the romance as a result of the relationship. That is what will make your story both unique and compelling.

Advanced story craft techniques are very handy at the editing and revision stage when you shape your story for the reader – but not here! Instead, we use the power of character arc and emotional conflict to create a simple but effective emotional story map for your romance novel. As you write your romance, your characters will come to life on the page, and reveal their true personalities through what they say and do. But first you have to get those characters onto the page and interacting with one another – fast!

If finding the right words for your romance novel love scene is challenging, Naughty Words for Nice Writers: A Romance Novel Thesaurus can make it easier.


Naughty Words for Nice Writers contains thousands of usable, functional synonyms in more than 50 word lists to bring spice and sizzle to your romance novel. More than a thesaurus, Naughty Words for Nice Writers is a writing guide filled with practical suggestions on how to craft a love scene and “show” the intimacy between your characters rather than tell it. Whether you intend to “fade to black” or spell it out in explicit detail, Naughty Words for Nice Writers will provide the craft tips and words to write an appropriate love scene.

The first rule of historical writing is to avoid historical embarrassment at all costs. Characters should not speak using modern words in historical times, or be driving cars in Ancient Rome.


But the tiny details of daily life in other times – especially those that we take for granted – rear their ugly head regularly. Here are some books that help with the overall process of historical research.


This also looks like the beginning of a resource list for download – stay tuned!

This is not a book on how to write historical fiction. It is a book on how not to write historical fiction. If you love history and you’re hard at work writing your first historical novel, but you’re wondering if your medieval Irishmen would live on potatoes, if your 17th-century pirate would use a revolver, or if your hero would be able to offer Marie-Antoinette a box of chocolate bonbons . . .

(The answer to all these is “Absolutely not!”)

. . . then Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders is the book for you.

Medieval Underpants will guide you through the factual mistakes that writers of historical fiction—both beginners and seasoned professionals—often make, and show you how to avoid them. From fictional characters crossing streets that wouldn’t exist for another sixty (or two thousand) years, to 1990s slang in the mouths of 1940s characters, to South American foods on ancient Roman plates, acclaimed historical novelist Susanne Alleyn exposes the often hilarious, always painful goofs that turn up most frequently in fiction set in the past.

In Once Upon a Time It Was Now, best-selling author James Alexander Thom (Follow the River, From Sea to Shining Sea, Sign-Talker) gives you the tools you need to research and create stories born from the past that will move and inspire modern readers. His comprehensive approach includes lessons on how to:

Find and use historical archives and conduct physical field research

Re-construct the world of your novel, including people and voices, physical environments, and cultural context

Achieve verisimilitude in speech, action, setting, and description

Seamlessly weave historical fact with your own compelling plot ideas

With wit and candor, Thom’s detailed instruction, illuminating personal experience, and invaluable insights culled from discussions with other trusted historical writers will guide you to craft a novel that is true to what was then, when then was now.

Do you want to write historical fiction? Join Meredith Allard, the executive editor of The Copperfield Review, the award-winning literary journal for readers and writers of historical fiction, as she shares tips and tricks for creating believable historical worlds through targeted research and a vivid imagination. Give in to your daydreams. Do the work. Let your creativity loose into the world so you can share your love of history and your passion for the written word with others.

It’s been almost 30 years since the first edition of Going to the Sources: A Guide to Historical Research and Writing was first published. Newly revised and updated, the sixth edition of this bestselling guide helps students at all levels meet the challenge of writing their first (or their first “real”) research paper. 

Presenting various schools of thought, this useful tool explores the dynamic, nature, and professional history of research papers, and shows readers how to identify, find, and evaluate both primary and secondary sources for their own writing assignments.

This new edition addresses the shifting nature of historical study over the last twenty years. Going to the Sources: A Guide to Historical Research and Writing includes:

  • A new section analyzing attempts by authors of historical works to identify and cultivate the appropriate public for their writings, from scholars appealing to a small circle of fellow specialists, to popular authors seeking mass readership
  • A handy style guide for creating footnotes, endnotes, bibliographical entries, as well as a list of commonly used abbreviations

Advanced Placement high school and undergraduate college students taking history courses at every level will benefit from the engaging, thoughtful, and down-to-earth advice within this hands-on guide.

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