These are my favorite books on writing, the books that helped me to get published in the first place. However, I just realized that it’s been years since I’ve bought a how-to book on writing and I’m not familiar with the new ones. (I’ve been writing 4 books per year, reading romances to keep up with current trends etc., which kind of kept me busy.) So if you have a favorite that’s not listed here (especially if it’s somewhat newer) would you please tell me about it? I’m going to put them on my Santa list 🙂
So this is what’s on my bookshelf:
•Ansen Dibell: Plot
I found this book immensely helpful and would recommend it to every aspiring author.
•Christopher Vogler: The Writer’s Journey
Based on Joseph Campbell’s work, written in a more digestible format.
•Debra Dixon: Goal, Motivation & Conflict
A must read.
•Donald Maass: Writing the Breakout Novel
Solid advice from a knowledgeable industry professional. Every writer should read this book.
•Dwight V. Swain: Techniques of a Selling Writer
This is one of my favorites. Solid advice.
•Eve Paludan: Romance Writer’s Pink Pages
A wonderful reference book that includes publishers’ guidelines and tons of other industry information.
•Joseph Campbell: The Hero with a Thousand Faces
A super book, but not an easy read. Would recommend to advanced writers.
•Julie Checkoway: Creating Fiction
A collection of essays from writers’ workshop. Angled toward literary fiction.
•Kathryn Falk: How to Write a Romance and Get it Published
•Leonard J Rosen: The Everyday English Handbook
A concise guide to grammar.
•Linda Griffin: The Writer’s Guide to Critique Groups
Excellent source, written by an editor.
•Linda Seger: Creating Unforgettable Characters
The title says it all. One of my favorites.
•Linda Seger: Making a Good Script Great
Whether you’re writing scripts or novels, I think you’ll find this practical guide useful. Full of illustrations from well-known motion pictures.
•Marc McCutcheon: Building Believable Characters
A great guide for beginning writers.
•Margaret Shertzer: The Elements of Grammar
•Noah Lukeman: The First Five Pages
Excellent advice! Take it to heart.
•Noah Lukeman: The Plot Thickens
Lots of exercises to sharpen your fiction.
•R. Browne & D. King: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers
A must for every writer. It will help you make that all-important good first impression on editors.
•Robert McKee: Story
A super book, but not an easy read. I’d recommend it to the advanced writer.
•Sol Stein: Stein on Writing
Would recommend to advanced writers.
•Stephen King: On Writing
A wonderful insight into the life of a mega-author. He has a lot to teach, and it’s all in easily digestible, no-nonsense prose.
•Sue Crafton: Writing Mysteries
A collection of essays by top writers of the genre.
•Syd Field: Screenplay
Great for plotting. A classic.
•Valerie Parv: The Art of Romance Writing
A great book for beginning romance writers.
•W. I. Strunk & E.B. White: The Elements of Style
A classic for good reason.