As promised, here’s my list of great books on writing.
- How To Write Science Fiction by Matthew J. Costello. This is the first writing book I ever read, and I loved it. I’ve read three times all together. It’s a really short book, but there’s at least one exercise in each chapter. It focuses almost entirely on worldbuilding, which makes it a great resource for fantasy writings as well as sci-fi writers.
- How To Write Novels and Short Stories by The Writer’s Digest. This was the second book I read, and I wish I owner a copy of it. It’s super helpful and clear and one of my favorite resources.
- Writing Irresistible Kidlit by Mary Cole. If you’re writing YA and down, then you need to read this. Seriously.
- How To Write Killer Fiction by Carolyn Wheat. Thriller, horror, and mystery writers, I’m looking at you.
- 45 Master Characters by Victoria Lynn Schmidt. If there are characters in your book, you need to read this. That’s means almost any book. Exactly. This book will give you a whole new understanding of characters and archetypes.
- Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way To Success by K.M. Weiland. This book is absolutely fabulous and will make plotting SO much easier. And, K.M weiland has two other instructional books Structuring Your Novel and Creating Character Arcs. I haven’t read these other two books, but I’ve heard from very trustworthy sources that they’re just as excellent. Best of all, there are workbooks you can get to go along with all three of these books.
- Writing Fiction For Dummies by Randall Ingermanson and Peter Economy. Now, you may be thinking, Really? One of these books? But it’s actually incredibly well written, thoughtful, comprehensive, and super easy to read and understand.
These are just my favorite books on writing and I know there’s hundreds of others that are probably really good that I’ve never heard of. When reading these books, you really should take notes so you can reference them later. And if you’re not big on reading, (Which might be a bad sign. You have to read to write. Just saying.) I suggest subscribing to Master Class. I’ve taken James Patterson’s class, Dan Brown’s class, and am half way through R.L. Stine’s class.They’re pretty phenomenal. If you have some extra cash, you should totally subscribe.
Well happy reading all. Or watching, depending on your taste. May you find all the guidance you need.