Book Recommendations for Writing

We editors have done much research on writing and have come up with this excellent list of craft related books for you. Don’t be intimidated! These books will inspire you to organize, plot, re-plot, dream, and get yourself in that chair to write. So without further ado…

Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

This Year You Write Your Novel by Walter Mosley

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler

On Writing by Stephen King

Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose by Constance Hale

Still Writing by Dani Shapiro

Goal, Motivation & Conflict by Debra Dixon

Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder

Beyond Heaving Bosoms by Sarah Wendell & Candy Tan

STORY by Robert McKee

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Four Screenplays: Studies in the American Screenplay by Syd Field

Writing a Romance Novel for Dummies by Leslie Wainger

The Forest for the Trees by Betsy Lerner

Happy reading, happy writing from Patience and the SYTYCW Team!

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  1. Sherri Shackelford

    Because a writer can never ever have too many books on writing, I have to add two more:
    Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain and
    Writing with Emotion, Tension and Conflict by Cheryl St.John.

  2. Michelle Styles

    Because they are not on your list but they really helped me with learning about character etc:
    Orson Scott Card Character & Viewpoint
    Karl Iglesias Writing for Emotional Impact
    Brandilynn Collins Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets Actors can teach novellists

  3. Tom Smith

    Let me add “Writing Fiction for Dummies” by Randy Ingermanson and Peter Economy and “The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing” by the editors of Writer’s Digest. Both have lots of good advice that I’ve implemented.