Fiction Resources: “How To” Books

Books Recommended by Authors on LinkedIn

Key:  P- Paper, K- Kindle, H- Hardback



My Library

Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller John Truby  K
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life Anne Lamott  K
Building Better Plots Robert Kernan
Elements of Fiction Writing Characters and Viewpoint: Proven Advice and Timeless Techniques for Creating Compelling Characters by an Award Winning Author Orson Scott Card primarily sci-fi
Elements of Fiction Writing: Conflict and Suspense James Scott Bell
Fiction Writer’s Handbook Hallie and Whit Burnett
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 P
How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy Orson Scott Card
How to Writer Killer Fiction: The Funhouse of Mystery and the Rollercoaster of Suspense Carolyn Wheat Cass Jameson
If You Want to Write Brenda Uland  K
Make Your Words Work: Proven Techniques for Effective Writing-For Fiction and Non-Fiction Gary Provost
On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Non-Fiction William Zinsser
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft Stephen King K
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  K
Self Editing for Fiction Writers How to Edit Yourself Into Print Brown and King K
Story: Style, Structure, Substance and the Principles of Screenwriting Robert McKee
Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story K. M. Weiland P
The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers John Gardner
The Courage to Write: How Writers Transcend Fear Ralph Keyes
The Elements of Style Strunk and White P
The First Five Pages: The Writer’s Guide for Staying Out of the Rejection Pile Noah Lukeman  K
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 

Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel(Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere)

Lisa Cron  K



Write Great Fiction: Characters, Emotion and Viewpoint Nancy Kress K
Writing Down the Bones, Freeing the Writer Within Natalie Goldburg
Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook Donald Maass
Your First Novel: An Author and Agent Team Share the Keys to Achieving Your Dream Ann Whittenberg Laura Whitcomb
Sin and Syntax Constance Hale K
Writing the Breakout Novel Donald Maass K
Writing a Romance Novel for Dummies Leslie Wainger K

I have Zinsser, Strunk, Maass, and Lukeman. Also the following:
Brohaugh. Write Tight.
Bell. The Art of War for Writers.
Williams. Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace.
Gerke. The Art and Craft of Writing Christian Fiction.
Warre/Hauck. From the Inside, Out: Discover, Create, and Publish the Novel in You!
Daigh. Maybe You Should Write a Book.
Woodford. Writing and Selling.
Cane. Write Like the Masters.
Burroway. Writing Fiction
Mazzeo. Writing Creative Nonfiction
Landon. Building Great Sentences.

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