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101 Writers' Scene Settings: Unique Location Ideas & Sensory Details for Writers to Create Vivid Scene Settings, by Paula Wynne.
Advice on creating detailed and vivid settings with which to bring your scenes, and your characters, to life.

The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller, by John Truby.
A detailed masterclass, in book format, on how to become a master storyteller. In this book Truby delineates his unique, 22-step plan, on how to craft compelling stories. These techniques are applicable across a range of formats, including screenwriting and novel writing.

A~Z Writers' Character Quirks: A~ Z of Behaviours, Foibles, Habits, Mannerisms & Quirks for Writers' to Create Fictional Characters, by Paula Wynne.
Tips on how to create three-dimensional characters, along with an extensive list of various attributes that you can use to craft unique and memorable characters.

Beginning Writer's Answer Book, edited by Jane Friedman.
This, the 30th Anniversary Edition of this essential writer's reference guide provides the answers to the top 1,000 questions most often asked by beginning writers.

Book in a Month, by Victoria Lynn Schmidt.
The Fool-Proof System for Writing a Novel in 30 Days.

The Breakout Novelist, by Donald Maass.
This book is a compilation of four of Maass' earlier works on writing, three dealing with fiction techniques and one on career strategies. The four books in question are Writing the Breakout Novel (2002), Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook (2004), The Fire in the Fiction (2009), and The Career Novelist (1996).

By Cunning & Craft, by Peter Selgin.
Sound Advice and Practical Wisdom for Fiction Writers.

Conflict, Action & Suspense, by William Noble.
Part of the Elements of Ficiton Writing series, this book helps you to learn the techniques of dramatic storytelling. Along the way you will learn how to add excitement and tension to your writing, while also mastering the techniques of using pacing to rise or lower the emotional impact of your story.

Creating Characters: How to Build Story People, by Dwight V. Swain.
In this book, Swain shows how writers can create interesting and vibrant characters that will help propel your story along and connect with readers.

The Craft & Business of Writing, from the Editors of Writer's Digest Books.
Essential Tools for Writing Success. Articles on all aspects of the craft and business sides of writing, covering fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children's writing.

Creative Writing: A Practical Guide, by Julia Casterton.
An invaluable reference guide that will help you to find the writer inside you and which discusses the fundamentals of writing poetry, short stories, dialogue, autobiography, and novels.

DIY MFA: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community, by Gabriela Pereira.
Join the do-it-yourself craze and design and participate in your own MFA in writing program under the guidance of Gabriela Pereira a writer, teacher, and MFA program graduate.

Don't Sabotage Your Submission, by Chris Roerden.
Insider Information from a Career Manuscript Editor to Save Your Manuscript from Turning Up D.O.A.

The Editor's Companion, by Steve Dunham.
This is a guide that looks more at the art of editing, rather than at the nuts and bolts of the craft. Along the way, the author has crafted an eminently readable and helpful guide for both editors and writers.

Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, by Elmore Leonard.
A brief guide to good writing distilled down to ten pithy rules of writing.

Fiction Writing Demystified, by Thomas B. Sawyer.
Techniques That Will Make You a More Successful Writer.

Finishing School: The Happy Ending to That Writing Project You Can't Seem to Get Done, by Cary Tennis and Danelle Morton.
Are you having trouble finishing a writing project? Do you find it difficult to set aside time to write? Are you serious about getting on with our writing? If so, Finishing School is a book that will help you overcome the blocks that are keeping you from writing, and which will also help you develop the skills needed to set aside time to write, and most important, to stick to the schedule you choose.

First Draft in 30 Days, by Karen S. Wiesner.
A Novel Writer's System for Building a Complete and Cohesive Manuscript. A step-by-step guide on how to outline, and create a comprehensive first draft of your novel. Also includes advice on brainstorming, setting career goals, and completing your final draft

Heart and Craft, by Valerie Parv.
Bestselling Romance Writers Share their Secrets with You.

If You Can Talk, You Can Write, by Joel Saltzman.
This delightful book is the best how-to 'get' writing primer that I have come across. It will help get you writing and, just as important, it will help to keep you writing, once you've started.

Inner Drives, by Pamela Jaye Smith.
How to Write & Create Characters Using the Eight Classic Centers of Motivation.

Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc, by Dara Marks.
In Inside Story you'll learn how to discover the beating heart of your story, and in the process, discover the secret to writing a better, more powerful, and multidimensional screenplay, novel, or other work of fiction.

James Patterson's MasterClass, reviewed by Richard S. Rodgers.
This is a review of the writing course that James Patterson's teaches on MasterClass. Quick take - I found it very interesting, but also overpriced for the limited amount of information that was presented.

Judy Blume's MasterClass, reviewed by Richard S. Rodgers.
The controversial and much beloved author of children and young adult fiction, Judy Blume, offers her take on writing in a captivating, online, MasterClass on writing. This course provides an overview of not only her writing process but also offers sage advice to those embarking upon their own journey to authorhood.

Let's Get Creative: Writing Fiction that Sells!, by William F. Nolan.
A complete primer on writing fiction that covers not only basic writing techniques, but also advice on getting your work published.

The Lost Saranac Interviews, by Joe David Bellamy and Connie Bellamy.
Forgotten Conversations with Famous Writers: Contains the complete transcripts of interviews with famous writers, including Joyce Carol Oats, Margaret Atwood, Annie Dillard, and E.L. Doctorow. These interviews were conducted between 1976-1980, during the Saranac Writer's Conference.

The Making of a Story versus Method and Madness, both by Alice LaPlante.
The Making of a Story versus Method and Madness is an article/review that looks at the similarities between the above-mentioned writing books, which were written by Alice LaPlante.

The Mind of Your Story: Discover What Drives Your Fiction, by Lisa Lenard-Cook.
This book provides a master class on writing fiction that guides you through the entire writing process from developing a story idea to revising your novel.

Narrative Form, by Suzanne Keen.
An advance textbook and guide to the vocabulary and methodology of the narrative form in fiction.

The New Comedy Writing Step by Step, by Gene Perret.
Revised and updated, this has long-been, and still is, the number one book on comedy writing! Easy to use and understand, this book covers the various forms of comedy writing, marketing your work, and writing techniques.

On Writing Romance, by Leigh Michaels.
How to Craft a Novel that Sells. The fundamentals of romance writing from what a romance novel is to marketing your finished manuscript.

The Portable Writer's Conference, edited by Stephen Blake Mettee.
This virtual writer's conference contains more than 40 in-depth, information-packed essays that offer advice on everything from the basics of fiction and nonfiction writing to the business side of the publishing industry.

The Productive Writer, by Sage Cohen
A book review of The Productive Writer: Tips & Tools to Help You Write More, Stress Less, & Create Success, a handy guide that will help you to organize your writing life and to increase productivity as a writer.

Stein on Writing, by Sol Stein.
A classic reference book on writing and editing both fiction and nonfiction works, and one which will help you to fix some common, and not so common, writing problems.

Story Fix: Transform Your Novel From Broken to Brilliant, by Larry Brooks.
You've finished your draft, but your story still is not quite right. Never fear! Story Fix will guide you through the revision process as you discover what is wrong with your story, and learn how to fix it.

The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know, by Shawn Coyne.
Learn how to break down and analyze your novel in order to determine what works, what doesn't, and how to fix it!

Story Structure Architect, by Victoria Lynn Schmidt.
A Writer's Guide to Building Dramatic Situations & Compelling Characters. This is an indispensable reference book on plotting.

Techniques of the Selling Writer, by Dwight V. Swain.
A first class introduction on fiction writing that teaches you the techniques you need to know to craft saleable fiction.

Time to Write, by Frank Milligan.
Discovering the Writer Within After 50. This is an inspirational and educational guide to fulfilling a dream, starting a new hobby, or even starting a second career, as a writer.

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, by Steven Pressfield.
Are you a writer, painter, or other type of creative person, who seems to have difficulty getting down to actually writing, painting, or pursuing the creative endeavor that you were born to do? If so, The Art of War might just be that little push that you need to get you started on the path of actually start working on your craft and, over time, to make the most of your talents...

The Weekend Novelist - Revised Edition, by Robert J. Ray and Bret Norris.
A Dynamic 52-Week Program to Help to Produce a Novel... One Weekend at a Time.

When I Grow Up, I Want To Be A Writer, by Cynthia MacGregor.
Finally, a book for the budding wordsmith...

The Write-Brain Workbook, by Bonnie Neubauer.
366 Exercises to Liberate Your Writing.

Write is a Verb, by Bill O'Hanlon.
A motivational book that will help you discover the techniques and motivational factors that will get you, and keep you, writing.

Writer Mama, by Christina Katz.
How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids.

Writer's Digest Writing Kit, by the editors of Writer's Digest Books.
Everything You Need to Get Creative, Start Writing, and Get Published.

Writing Fiction & Imaginative Writing, by Janet Burroway.
For a novice writer looking for advice on how to begin here writers' education, take a look at Writing Fiction & Imaginative Writing. Both of these books, by Janet Burroway, provide a commendable introduction to the art, and craft, of writing.

Writing Fiction for Dummies, by Randy Ingermanson and Peter Economy.
A handy reference book that will walk you step-by-step from novice writer to published novelist.

Writing: Self & Reflexivity, by Celia Hunt and Fiona Sampson.
A practical and theoretical overview of the creative writing process.

The Writing Workshop Note Book, by Alan Ziegler.
Notes on Creating and Workshopping.

You've Got a Book in You, by Elizabeth Sims.
Do you have a book in you that is dying to get out? If so, let Elizabeth Sims show you the fun and easy way to write your first book.



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