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.
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?
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*
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.