Hello Kristin!

My name is Andrea, and I'm a librarian with The Seattle Public Library. Thank you for using Your Next Skill.

Your learning guide is book heavy, because there is really a lot of good stuff out there about the process of writing. I've also included a link to the Library's free series of writing classes.

I hope this helps you get started writing a novel! Please let me know if you have further questions.




Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott has been a go-to writing book for 20 years. Simply and eloquently, Lamott writes about the process of writing, and also provides anecdotes from her life of writing. This is more a philosophy book than a step-by-step book.


How Novels Work by John Mullan is more a step-by-step book. Originally published as a series of essays in his weekly column in the Guardian, Mullan covers much of the nitty-gritty of writing, from choice of narrator to plotting.


Plot Perfect by Paula Munier is a primer for creating story structure.

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