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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! is an Amazon affiliated blog. Always Write
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
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