Writing Books for Prospective Authors
If, like me, you're writing a book...or two...or five...these are great books on plots, characters and flat-out writing that I guarantee are useful.   Print this list Print this list

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Cover Art: Writer's market.
Writer's market.
If you are in any way considering publication or even thinking it might be a nice idea someday, I would advise getting the most recent version of Writer's Market. I know the catalog has Writer's Market 2012 and possibly 2013.
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Cover Art: Conflict & suspense /
Conflict & suspense /
Bell, James Scott.
My opinion when it comes to books on writing is: if it helps you at all, it's worth reading. I'm putting this comment here because this book is more than worth reading, but I don't have much to say about it.
Adult Nonfiction Book 808.3 B 2011
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Cover Art: Break into fiction : 11 steps to building a story that sells /
Break into fiction : 11 steps to building a story that sells /
Buckham, M. E. 1956-
I haven't actually read this yet. I'll change this comment when I finish it.
Adult Nonfiction Book 808.3 B 2009
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Cover Art: The Writer's digest guide to science fiction & fantasy /
The Writer's digest guide to science fiction & fantasy /
Card, Orson Scott.
If you like writing fantasy or science fiction, this is a great book. Really, anything from the Writer's Digest Press is, so check it out.
Adult Nonfiction Book 808.3876 C 2010
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Cover Art: The writer's guide to character traits : includes profiles of human behaviors an
The writer's guide to character traits : includes profiles of human behaviors an
Edelstein, Linda.
I found this book immensely helpful, but I should warn you: it has profiles of stalkers, criminals, and some creepy stuff. But it is incredibly helpful, so get it and don't read it in your bedroom.
Adult Nonfiction Book 808.3 E
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Cover Art: Hooked : write fiction that grabs readers at page one and never lets them go /
Hooked : write fiction that grabs readers at page one and never lets them go /
Edgerton, Leslie.
See one of my previous comments: it's a little helpful, so I guess it's worth reading.
Adult Nonfiction Book 808.3 E
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Cover Art: The Writer's Digest character naming sourcebook /
The Writer's Digest character naming sourcebook /
Kenyon, Sherrilyn, 1965-
I always have trouble finding character names, so as books go, this isn't bad. But really? The best place to go is . It's a baby name website, but it's awesummly helpful.
Adult Nonfiction Book PN56.4.K46 1994
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Cover Art: Dynamic characters : how to create personalities that keep readers captivated /
Dynamic characters : how to create personalities that keep readers captivated /
Kress, Nancy.
Ah, Nancy Kress. Wonderful at writing these character books.
Adult Nonfiction Book 808.3 K
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Cover Art: Beginnings, middles & ends /
Beginnings, middles & ends /
Kress, Nancy.
ditto.
Adult Nonfiction Book 808.3 K 2011
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Cover Art: Bird by bird : some instructions on writing and life /
Bird by bird : some instructions on writing and life /
Lamott, Anne.
This is part writing book, part memoir, but I own it because it's truly amazing and very witty. Delves not only into writing but into the world of publishing as well.
Adult Nonfiction Book 808.02 L 1994
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Cover Art: Writing magic : creating stories that fly /
Writing magic : creating stories that fly /
Levine, Gail Carson.
Wait. Stop. Immediately go check out Ella Enchanted, which is the greatest of Levine's books. Then read this. Because she's my favorite author. And she will be yours, soon, too.
Children's Nonfiction Book808.3 L
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Cover Art: The fire in fiction : passion, purpose, and techniques to make your novel great
The fire in fiction : passion, purpose, and techniques to make your novel great
Maass, Donald.
I realize I'm saying great things about the authors and not so much the books, but Donald Maass is great. So is this book.
Adult Nonfiction Book 808.3 M
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Cover Art: What would your character do? : personality quizzes for analyzing your character
What would your character do? : personality quizzes for analyzing your character
Maisel, Eric, 1947-
This one is more entertaining than useful, but one should read it just for the sake of finding out more about one's characters.
Adult Nonfiction Book 808.397 M
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Cover Art: A writer's guide to characterization : archetypes, heroic journeys, and other el
A writer's guide to characterization : archetypes, heroic journeys, and other el
Schmidt, Victoria, 1969-
Haven't read this one yet either. But knowing Victoria Schmidt? It'll probably be good.
Adult Nonfiction Book 808.397 S 2012
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Cover Art: Story structure architect : a writer's guide to building dramatic situations & c
Story structure architect : a writer's guide to building dramatic situations & c
Schmidt, Victoria, 1969-
One of the only good books on plots I've ever read. Truly, this is good. But a word of advice? Never over-plot your book. I keep doing that.
Adult Nonfiction Book PN3378 .S36 2005
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Cover Art: 45 master characters : mythic models for creating original characters /
45 master characters : mythic models for creating original characters /
Schmidt, Victoria, 1969-
The best book on characters ever!! Read it!! Now!!
Adult Nonfiction Book 808.3 S
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Cover Art: The 90-day novel : unlock the story within /
The 90-day novel : unlock the story within /
Watt, Alan, 1965-
There are a number of "writing program" books, such as The Weekend Novelist(do not use that. It doesn't work), but this is the only one I've known that works. But be warned...it takes a lot of commitment to do a day-by-day program.
Adult Nonfiction Book 808.3 W 2010
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Cover Art: Where do you get your ideas? : a writer's guide to transforming notions into nar
Where do you get your ideas? : a writer's guide to transforming notions into nar
White, Fred D., 1943-
Adult Nonfiction Book 808.3 W 2012
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