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 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 StorytellerJohn Truby
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and LifeAnne Lamott
Building Better PlotsRobert Kernen
Building Great Sentences: How to Write the Kinds of Sentences You Love to Read (Great Courses)Brooks Landon
Collection of Readings for WritersHarry Shaw
Elements of Fiction Writing Characters and Viewpoint: Proven Advice and Timeless Techniques for Creating Compelling Characters by an Award Winning AuthorOrson Scott Card
Elements of Fiction Writing: Conflict and SuspenseJames Scott Bell
Fiction Writer’s HandbookHallie 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 AuthorDavid Armstrong
How to Write Dazzling Dialogue: The Fastest Way to Improve Any ManuscriptJames Scott Bell
How to Write Killer Fiction: The Funhouse of Mystery and the Rollercoaster of SuspenseCarolyn Wheat
How to Write Science Fiction and FantasyOrson Scott Card
If You Want to WriteBrenda Ueland
Make Your Words Work: Proven Techniques for Effective Writing-For Fiction and Non-FictionGary Provost
Maybe You Should Write a BookRalph Daigh
On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Non-FictionWilliam Zinsser
On Writing: A Memoir of the CraftStephen King
Playwriting Seminars 2.0: A Handbook on the Art and Craft of Dramatic Writing with an Introduction to ScreenwritingRichard Toscan
Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can MasterMartha 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 SellsJames Scott Bell
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers How to Edit Yourself Into PrintBrown and King
Story: Style, Structure, Substance and the Princip of ScreenwritingRobert McKee
Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding StoryK. M. Weiland
Style: Ten lessons in clarity & graceJoseph 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 WritersJohn Gardner
The Art of War for Writers: Fiction Writing Strategies, Tactics, and ExercisesJames Scott Bell
The Courage to Write: How Writers Transcend FearRalph Keyes
The Elements of StyleWilliam Strunk Jr. and E. B. White
The First Five Pages: The Writer’s Guide for Staying Out of the Rejection PileNoah Lukeman
The Midnight Disease, The Drive to Write, Writer’s Block and the Creative BrainAlice Weaver Flaherty
The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for WritersChristopher Vogler
Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First SentenceLisa Cron
Write Great Fiction: Characters, Emotion, and ViewpointNancy Kress
Write Like the Masters: Emulating the Best of Hemingway, Faulkner, Salinger, and OthersWilliam Cane
Write Tight: Say Exactly What You Mean with Precision and PowerWilliam Brohaugh
Writing and SellingJack Woodford
Writing Creative Nonfiction (The Great Courses)Tilar J. Mazzeo
Writing Down the Bones, Freeing the Writer WithinNatalie Goldberg
Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft (9th Edition)Janet Burroway,Elizabeth Stuckey-French
Writing the Breakout Novel WorkbookDonald Maass
Your First Novel: An Author and Agent Team Share the Keys to Achieving Your DreamAnn 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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