9 Free E-books About Writing


Ya gotta love the internet; there’s something for everybody. And good news, writers—there’s lots for us too. Bloggers are very generous with helpful ideas about writing. Here are some of the most valuable writing e-books that I’ve collected from various sites online:

  • 101 Creative Writing Prompts from The Write Life. If you’re a writer, you probably already follow The Write Life. (If you don’t, check it out!) This little book is more than just what the title says. It includes creative exercises that you can use to generate ideas, stories, poems, etc. Very worth reading and referring to frequently.
  • 365 Days of Writing Prompts. Alas, The Daily Post, a blogging challenge put on by the WordPress people, no longer exists. (I used to use it most days. You could participate by writing a story or a poem or making artwork or taking a photograph inspired by the prompt.) But they did produce this little book with a year’s worth of prompts.
  • Challenge Accepted: Your NaNoWriMo Toolkit is a joint project of Writer’s Digest and the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) people. It’s a several-essay pep talk and 30 daily writing prompts to help you write the first draft of your novel in a month. You can use it this November or anytime, really. I especially like the prompts. Even if these ideas don’t fit your novel whatsoever, just working through them will help you flesh out your characters more deeply.
  • Fiction Feedback Guide from The Young Writer is designed for parents who want to help their children write stories. However, the questions on each page can help budding authors of any age write more effective stories.
  • Submit, Publish, Repeat by Emily Harstone is a guide to getting published in literary journals.
  • 100 Days of Flash Prompts. I have this on my computer as a 9-page PDF file, but I don’t think that’s available anymore. However, this link contains the same content. I downloaded it when I wanted to try my hand at flash fiction. Many of the prompts are a trio of disparate objects. I found that most times, only one item in the trio speaks to me. However, sometimes I pull one item each from three different prompts and put them together, and a story results. I am currently sending out a story based on “a tea party, a glass house, and a person obsessed with marmalade.”
  • Poem to Book by Emily Harstone is similar to her Submit, Publish, Repeat. I really appreciate her appraisals of different literary journals.
  • Reader Magnets by Nick Stephenson is a strategy for building your audience and finding your first 10,000 readers. It’s a free Kindle book, but I have it in PDF form. I think I actually received it as a free reader magnet for signing up for Stephenson’s email list. Actually, I think I received every e-book on this list as a reader magnet.
  • Write Ways to Win Writing Contests by John Howard Reid. Did I tell you I’m a writing contest junkie?

Now it’s your turn. Do you know of a helpful free e-book for writers? Or have you written one? Please drop a link in the comments.

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

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