Do you need a book list of great books for writers?

A+ Book List for Writers

A+ Book List for Writers

Hi, Annabelle Author, I’m overwhelmed. I’m looking for a book list of GREAT books to improve my writing.

Hey, Irma Indie, what books have you seen so far?

Annabelle, I went to Amazon.com. I found 15,122 results about how to improve my writing. 

Jeez, that helps!

That’s what I thought.  Which ONE should I order first?

Award-winning authors share their book list

Pamela R. Winnick, an award-winning author moderates The Craft of Writing Fiction (no promotions). She asked this provocative question of a LinkedIn writer’s group. 

“Have you been helped by any writing “how-to” books? If so, which?”

Here is the book list generated from author-members’ responses.  I added additional suggestions from authors on Facebook and WordPress. I wanted to keep that list handy for myself! 

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Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller John Truby
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life Anne Lamott
Building Better Plots Robert Kernen
Building Great Sentences: How to Write the Kinds of Sentences You Love to Read (Great Courses) Brooks Landon
Collection of Readings for Writers Harry Shaw
Elements of Fiction Writing Characters and Viewpoint: Proven Advice and Timeless Techniques for Creating Compelling Characters by an Award Winning Author Orson Scott Card
Elements of Fiction Writing: Conflict and Suspense James Scott Bell
Fiction Writer’s Handbook Hallie Burnett and Whit Burnett
from the Inside…Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you! Susan May Warren
How Not to Write a Novel: Confessions of a Midlist Author David Armstrong
How to Write Dazzling Dialogue: The Fastest Way to Improve Any Manuscript James Scott Bell
How to Write Killer Fiction: The Funhouse of Mystery and the Rollercoaster of Suspense Carolyn Wheat
How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy Orson Scott Card
If You Want to Write Brenda Ueland
Make Your Words Work: Proven Techniques for Effective Writing-For Fiction and Non-Fiction Gary Provost
Maybe You Should Write a Book Ralph Daigh
On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Non-Fiction William Zinsser
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft Stephen King
Playwriting Seminars 2.0: A Handbook on the Art and Craft of Dramatic Writing with an Introduction to Screenwriting Richard Toscan
Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master Martha Alderson
Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (P.S.) Francine Prose
Revision and Self-Editing for Publication: Techniques for Transforming Your First Draft into a Novel That Sells James Scott Bell
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers How to Edit Yourself Into Print Brown and King
Story: Style, Structure, Substance and the Princip of Screenwriting Robert McKee
Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story K. M. Weiland
Style: Ten lessons in clarity & grace Joseph M Williams
The Art & Craft Of Writing Christian Fiction: The Complete Guide to Finding Your Story, Honing Your Skills, &… Jeff Gerke
The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers John Gardner
The Art of War for Writers: Fiction Writing Strategies, Tactics, and Exercises James Scott Bell
The Courage to Write: How Writers Transcend Fear Ralph Keyes
The Elements of Style William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White
The First Five Pages: The Writer’s Guide for Staying Out of the Rejection Pile Noah Lukeman
The Midnight Disease, The Drive to Write, Writer’s Block and the Creative Brain Alice Weaver Flaherty
The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers Christopher Vogler
Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence Lisa Cron
Write Great Fiction: Characters, Emotion, and Viewpoint Nancy Kress
Write Like the Masters: Emulating the Best of Hemingway, Faulkner, Salinger, and Others William Cane
Write Tight: Say Exactly What You Mean with Precision and Power William Brohaugh
Writing and Selling Jack Woodford
Writing Creative Nonfiction (The Great Courses) Tilar J. Mazzeo
Writing Down the Bones, Freeing the Writer Within Natalie Goldberg
Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft (9th Edition) Janet Burroway,Elizabeth Stuckey-French
Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook Donald Maass
Your First Novel: An Author and Agent Team Share the Keys to Achieving Your Dream Ann Rittenberg and Laura Whitcomb

My Picks from the Book List

One of the best is Anne Lamott’s

Questions for Authors

Which books do you have in your library?

How many of these have you read?

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