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Whether you are an established writer or just starting out, the Vancouver Public Library has information to help you from business tips to finding inspiration. This guide lists websites, databases and useful books in our collection.

This section encompasses resources on the first stage of the writer's journey, including advice on how to develop a great idea, start a project and edit written work.

Take a look at the resources below for guidance on structuring and editing a work in preparation for publication.


Recommended Books

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A Passion for Narrative - Jack Hodgins
Call Number: 808.3 H68p1
Publication Date: 2001
Covers the problems facing any fiction writer and shows how some of the best writers in English have solved them.

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Alternative Scriptwriting: Beyond the Hollywood Formula - Ken Dancyger
Call Number: 808.23 D17a3
Publication Date: 2013
Learn the rules of scriptwriting, and how to successfully break them.

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Beyond the First Draft - John Casey
Call Number: 808.3 C33b
Publication Date: 2014
A guide to the writing craft with well-renowned writers' anecdotes and essential insights for aspiring and seasoned authors.

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Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
Publication Date: 2007
An inspiring book about writing and truth (eBook).

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Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect - Claudia Johnson
Call Number: 808.23 J66c2
Publication Date: 2015
The beauty and power of any story lies in its ability to connect. This screenwriting guide introduces connection as an essential aspect of creating stories for the screen.
4th Ed.

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On Writing: a memoir of the craft - Stephen King
Call Number: 823 K541WK5o3
Publication Date: 2010
The perennially best-selling writer gives insights into the writing process.

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Polishing Your Prose - Steven M. Cahn; Victor L. Cahn; Mary Ann Caws (Foreword by)
Call Number: 808 C13p
Publication Date: 2013
Improve the mechanics of your written work with grammar advice, including examples and instructions to hone your skills.

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Screenplay: the Foundations of Screenwriting - Syd Field
Publication Date: 2005
Updated version of the classic. Easily understood guidelines to help aspiring screenwriters.

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The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers - John Gardner
Call Number: 808.3 G227a
This classic guide has helped transform generations of aspiring writers into masterful writers and explains, simply and cogently, the principles and techniques of good writing.

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The Creative Compass: Writing your Way From Inspiration to Publication - Dan Millman; Sierra Prasada; Terry Brooks
Call Number: 808.02 M655c
Publication Date: 2013
Broken down into five stages of the creative process, this is a way-finding manual for writers from dreaming and drafting to publishing.

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The Writer's Advantage - Laurie Scheer
Call Number: 808.23 S315w
Publication Date: 2014
With tips for mastering a genre such as screenwriting, this guide addresses how writers can create and publish content across multiple platforms.

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This Year You Write Your Novel - Walter Mosley
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2007
From setting up a daily writing routine to developing style and voice, Mosley's guide is a good choice for aspiring authors.

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Write a Novel and Get It Published - Stephen May; Nigel Watts
Call Number: 808.3 W352w3
Publication Date: 2013
A practical and inspiring step-by-step guide to writing a first novel and sending it out into the world.

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Writing down the bones: freeing the writer within - Natalie Goldberg
Call Number: 808.02 G618w3
A classic on how to maintain inspiration and move past writer's block.


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