During the Desert Dreams Conference, which was wonderful,
I promised I would post my favorite craft books on writing.
So, here you go.
Writing the Breakthrough Novel by Donald Maass
The Novel Writers Toolkit by Bob Mayer
Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain. It’s
a bit dry. You may want to wait until you’ve been writing
a year or two before tackling this one.
Goal, Motivation and Conflict by Debra Dixon (This is a
must have. If an editor, agent, or contest judge doesn’t like
your hero or heroine, it could be because you didn’t give your character the
proper motivation. This book will help.)
Creating Characters by Dwight Swain
Believable Characters: Creating with Enneagrams by
Laurie Schnebly (Trivia fact: Sedona, AZ was named after
45 Master Characters, Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters by Victoria Lynn Schmidt
The Secret Universe of Names by Roy Reinson. This book
lists character traits according to the characters’ names. I
love this book!
The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman will help with
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and
What are your favorite writing books?