Or, worth a read for those who want to be…
I’ve been helped by dozens of books on the writing craft. But what books would I recommend for writing at a higher clip of productivity?
Glad you asked. Here are four titles worth sharing:
1. 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love, by Rachel Aaron
Rachel’s book is a gem for the prolific writer, or those who want to be. She shares her journey of how she upped her word counts; while not sacrificing quality. Aaron argues for greater speed in writing because it outruns our fears, doubts, and critical voice. Great book, practical, and worth a read.
2. Story Trumps Structure: How to Write Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules, by Steve James
Too many writers follow a rigid set of rules for telling stories. Often slowing them down. Steve James blows up the myths of rigid story structures and helps the writer tell great stories and upping their story telling capacity. When our brains are freed to write, the speed and quality will follow. Check it out!
3. How to Write Pulp Fiction, by James Scott Bell
The pulp writers of the 30s-50s wrote at a blistering pace. Fellow prolific writer James Scott Bell, explores the principles from the pulp era, and shows how you can write at greater speeds. Not only at greater speeds, but with greater depth and quality. Hands-on and practical book for getting more work into the world.
4. Writing into the Dark: How to Write a Novel without an Outline, by Dean Wesley Smith
Dean Wesley Smith has written one of the few books on writing without an outline. He argues that outlines slow you down and don’t allow for tapping into our creative minds. If you’ve ever considered not being tied to an outline, and trusting your creative brain, this is the book you need.
Don’t buy into the myth that greater writing output is opposed to great story telling and quality writing. These books will show you how to do both.
Ryan J. Pelton is a teacher and genre-nomad author with over seventeen fiction and nonfiction titles to date. He also hosts a popular writing and publishing podcast, The Prolific Writer. Ryan reads, writes, naps, and nurses a Diet Coke addiction, with his wife and four children in Kansas City, Missouri. Buy a book and send his kid’s to college.