Top 8 Books About Writing

self-editing-for-fiction-writers1Need some extra writing advice? Love highlighting and taking notes? These are some of the resources I recommend the most. Enjoy!

Self Editing For Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King

This is one of THE most important things writers can teach themselves. Put this one at the top of your list if you are revising right now.

On Writing by Stephen King

Everyone knows (or should know!) this one. It’s the best guide out there, unsurprisingly, from one of the best in the biz. You’ve probably already taken some of this book in; there are quotes are everywhere on Twitter and Tumblr.

Writing The Breakout Novel by Donald Maass (& workbook)

This book is so good for learning how to take your work from ‘good’ to ‘great.’ Who doesn’t want that? Written from the perspective of a literary agent, too.

The Emotion Thesaurusย by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

Need help with descriptors? Finding it tiresome to think of ways to describe characters uniquely? This is the book for you. It’s your guide to writing character expression.

Passion for Narrative by Jack Hodgins

If there is a ‘rulebook’ out there for fiction writing, I think this is it. Packed with the most information on general fiction writing that I’ve ever seen.

The Plot Thickens by Noah Lukeman

Written by a literary agent, this book is a great guide for developing your plot.

The Plot Whisperer by Martha Alderson

Want to better understand story structure? This one’s for you.

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamottย 

Talk about style and voice. This book will change the way you think about writing. One of my all-time faves. Push this to the top of your list.

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11 thoughts on “Top 8 Books About Writing

  1. I loved ‘On Writing.’ What great advice.
    ‘Writing the Breakout Novel’ + Workbook are on my shelf, right next to ‘Bird by Bird.’ I plan to review both before is start to query agents.

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  2. Great list! I recently read On Writing and was surprised by how much I liked it. My current favorite is Still Writing by Dani Shapiro.

    I am editing my novel now and feeling a bit lost, so thanks for recommending Self Editing! I’ll check it out for sure.
    -Dana

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  3. What great company The Emotion Thesaurus is in! The only one of these I’m not familiar with is Passion for Narrative. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for including us!

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