The Writer's Resource Directory 2013

Books On Writing

Continuing to grow and learn the craft of writing is important for all writers. Below you'll find several books on writing. Please check them out before diving in. TWRD does not recommend any book over another, but many books in the following lists are well known and used widely. Be sure to check each book to make sure it's right for you. You may even be able to find many of these books at your local library.


On Writing by Stephen King

Writing The Breakout Novel by Donald Maass

Fire In Fiction by Donald Maass

Self-Editing For Fiction Writers by Reni Browne and Dave King

Elements of Style by Strunk and White

45 Master Characters by Victoria Schmidt

Write Away by Elizabeth George

Between the Lines by Jessica Morrell

The Right to Write by Julia Cameron

The Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler

The Art of Fiction by John Gardner

On Becoming A Novelist by John Gardner

Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway

Bird by Bird: Some Instruction On Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

The Comic Toolbox: How to Be Funny Even If You're Not by John Vorhaus

The Writer's Idea Book by Jack Heffron

Getting Into Character by Brandilyn Collins

Revision and Self Editing by James Scott Bell

Goal, Motivation, and Conflict by Debra Dixon

A Novel Idea by Chris Libris

Fiction Writing For Dummies by Randy Ingermanson and Peter Economy

Scene and Structure by Jack Bickman

The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman

Stein On Writing by Sol Stein

Novelist's Boot Camp by Todd A. Stone

Room To Write by Bonni Goldberg

Characters, Emotion, and Viewpoint by Nancy Kress



Matilija Press - Books On Writing and Publishing

Steering The Craft by Ursula K. Le Guin

Lessons from A Lifetime of Writing by David Morrell

Writing the Novel: From Plot to Print by Lawrence Block

Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and The Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee

Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain

Becoming A Writer by Dorothea Brande

Elements of Fiction Writing: Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card

How I Write by Janet Evanovich

The Career Novelist by Donald Maass

Telling Lies For Fun and Profit: A Manual For Fiction writers by Lawrence Block

Elements of Fiction Writing - Beginnings, Middles, and Ends by Nancy Kress

Writing Mysteries by Jan Burke

38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes by Jack Bickman

The Scene Book: A Primer For The Fiction Writer by Sandra Schofield

Writing About Your Life by William Zinnser

Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker

Writer's Workshop: A Guide To The Craft Of Fiction by Stephen Koch

Writing Dialogue by Tom Chiarella

The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell

Coaching the Artist Within by Ph.D. Eric Maisel

Breathing Life Into Your Character by Rachel Ballon