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3 Useful Books for Writers

Name: Fact, Fiction, and Folklore in Harry Potter’s World: An Unofficial Guide

Author: George Beahm

Even if you’re not interested in writing your own fantasy novel, this book is still a very interesting read. It explains the mythological origins of the beasts featured in HP, how the characters got their names, and in-depth histories of great figureheads and locations in the Wizarding world.

For an aspiring writer, this is a goldmine of information. Did you know that the nickname for Rubeus is Rube and that Rube means a rustic, awkward person? A perfect name for Hagrid, don’t you think? It’s little details like these that can make a simple tale into a best-selling universe of its own.

Buy At: Amazon    Barnes n’ Noble

Name: Books, Crooks and CounselorsBooks, Crooks and Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure

Author: Leslie Budewitz

When writing a mystery novel, details are everything. If you’re unsure of the law, buy this book. Here are some of the featured sections:

  • Are handwritten wills enforceable?
  • What is the insanity defense?
  • A character in my story is convicted of assault. What is the philosophy of sentencing and what are the possible ranges for his sentence?

Buy At: Amazon    Author Website

Name: 642 Things to Write About15720499

Author: The San Francisco Writers’ Grotto

Literally 642 random writing prompts to choose from, ranging from describing a bank robbery from the viewpoint of a victim to Facebook posts in 2017.

If you’re suffering from writer’s block or just itching for some practice, then this book is for you!

Just be warned, though: you’ll be painfully reminded of standardized tests from high school…Please answer the following questions on the short story you just read…*shudder*

Buy At: Amazon    Wal-Mart

I own all three of these, so I can vouch for them personally. There are dozens more to choose from on Amazon and hopefully I’ll have more to review in the future.


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