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    Allison Grace
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    Hi! I’m looking for books on writing novels. I was having trouble with the way my curriculum was tellingΒ  me to write. It was too restraining, so, my parents (who are awesome!) are letting me try something different. So, are there any books you have read that were any good? I’m looking for any recommendations.

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    Allison Grace
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    Retry. @aratrea

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    Brandon Miller
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    Hey so unofficial staff recommendation:

    Go Teen Writers is the best big picture craft book I have ever read. I would start with that.

    If you are writing speculative fiction, Jill Williamson’s Storyworld First is also a must. (It’s really short and should be read with a notepad near at hand.)

    I’ve only read a little of his stuff, but Jeff Gerke is also very good at explaining heady concepts.

    Also, on the off chance that the curriculum you are referring to is OYAN, I beg you to stick with it. It can be restrictive, but that is only to encourage accelerated growth by creating focus. Even if you have to put your WIP aside for the year and write something that fits in OYAN’s mold, it is so very sorry it. I know of literally zero writing resources as comprehensive and wonderful as OYAN.

    If you are not currently taking One Year Adventure Novel, I would add it to the top of my recommendations list.

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    Josiah DeGraaf
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    @allison-grace I have a lot of recommendations. Have you checked out our resource library yet? We’ve got our official staff recommendations in there, and I’d just be repeating what I’ve already written there. xD

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    DaughterOfTheKing
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    @allison-grace Hmmm… *strikes a dramatic thinking pose* Writer’s Ink is good. It may not be what you’re after, as it’s more about grammar and writing school reports than about writing fiction. There’s good stuff about poetry in it, though.

    *is tired from standing in dramatic thinking pose* *disappears in a cloud of whipped cream*

    But not without regard for the double negative!

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    DaughterOfTheKing
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    @allison-grace Woops. The book is actually called Writer’s Inc. *pretends not to feel silly* *walks away whistling inconspicuously*

    But not without regard for the double negative!

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    Inkling for Christ
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    Hi, @allison-grace, one of my favorite writers help books is Spilling Ink by Anne Mazer. Also, you can go to your local library and they will usually have a good sized section on writing books. “Books on books” as I call them. That was how I learned to write was by reading books Another one is called “So you want to be a writer” by Vicki Hambelton. Hope those help!

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    SeekJustice
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    Writing Christian Fiction by Ron Benrey is the best book on writing at all that I have ever read and is focussed, obviously, on Christian fiction in general. I’ve heard a lot of people say the Go Teen Writers Book is good too, but I’ve never actually read it. I hope that`s helpful @allison-grace

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    Emily
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    @allison-grace Unfortunately, I’ve never attempted any novels, so I can’t help you here. I don’t know of any writing books either. πŸ˜‰

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    #53485

    Allison Grace
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    Thanks! I have looked at some of the books, and I will have to look at the others!

    Wears boots everywhere, 'cause heroes/Jedi always wear boots. Oh, and almost always has a notebook,

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