NaNoWriMo is here! A month-long writing marathon that invites creative minds all over the globe to put the pedal to the metal and fast-track the novel drafting process. The goal? 50,000 words by month’s end (1,667 words per day). In hopes of supporting all the avid novelists out there, this week’s Three to Read has a line-up of impactful new releases all about creativity and the writer lifestyle. From a reflective author memoir to a convenient modern guide to creating jump-off-the-page characters, these books are essential for aspiring novelists and avid readers alike.
by Haruki Murakami
World-renowned author of surrealist fiction, Haruki Murakami, opens up in his newest release about the role and life of the writer. On the table for discussion: his origins as an author, day-to-day routine, the nature of creativity, the writing community, and the role of the novel in society.
Whether you’re familiar with Murakami’s fiction or not, this illuminating new release is perfect for fueling a novel-writing journey this month. By stepping into the inner workings of this author’s mysterious mind, readers can gain inspiration for carving out their creative philosophy and honing their personal writing craft.
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by P.S. Hoffmann
Sci-fi and fantasy author P.S. Hoffman provides a convenient “how-to” guide for writing fascinating, “supremely addictive” fictional characters in his newest release. Specifically, he lends insight into writing richer character backstories, concocting memorable names, and developing exciting character progressions. To read more of his fiction writing tips and tricks, check out his blog here.
Characters are the heart of an enthralling novel and the root of your connection to readers. That said, crafting complex and unforgettable characters can turn into a frustrating process. Hoffman helps out in that regard with this approachable guide that propounds we all have the power to create amazing characters.
by David Milch
In this moving memoir by writer and television producer David Milch, the mind behind NYPD Blue and Deadwood, we receive a powerful glimpse into a life fueled by creative energy and a certain unruly spirit. Its raw and revealing chapters move from his childhood roots in racehorse betting to a short stint at Yale Law School to his renowned screenwriting career.
Chronicled upon his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, this overview of Milch’s “life’s work” is sure to tug on your heartstrings. It provides insight into his creative process and his profound love for writing in various formats: poetry, prose, and screenwriting. Milch’s honest exposition of a life dedicated to the writer’s art is a must-read for all lovers of language.
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