Ten essential resources for nonfiction writers

A creative nonfiction instructor opens up her truthteller's toolbox and shares the aids she relies on most.

Essential resources for nonfiction

Inspiration: springboards for creativity

4. Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence by Lisa Cron

“That story touched my heart,” you say, but neuroscience would disagree. That story triggered something inside your head, and the neurological response was to keep reading. Cron delves into psychology, human behavior, and evolution to explain why humans crave story. Tap that primal need, and your writing will keep readers salivating.

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5. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

If you aren’t doing the work you’re capable of, you need Pressfield’s tough-love approach. His examination of resistance – toward writing, self-improvement, personal growth – is a cattle prod that’ll jolt you into creative action. This slim volume is a quick read and an instant pick-me-up no matter how stuck you are.

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