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Helpful Writing Books

I recently took an informal survey on Twitter and asked writers to weigh in with their favorite writing craft books. In the span of 1 hour, I received approximately 40 suggestions. I've added more as people continue to share their favorites.

(If you click on the name of the book, it will take you to the Amazon page where you can read more about each book.)

Disclaimer: I do not endorse all of the books on the list.

However, I've read quite a number of them and have many in my personal library. What I suggest is that you check the books out from the library first (most libraries will have them or be able to get them through inter-library loan). Then if you really like the book, buy it, re-read it, and mark it up.

In a recent blog post, Does Putting in the Time Really Matter? I discussed the importance of mastering basic fiction-writing techniques. I said this: The writers who are well on their way to publication are the ones who’ve put concerted time and energy into learning, studying, and practicing the craft of writing.

Many of these books were foundational in helping me learning the basics. I hope the list will be helpful to you too!

If there are any other writing craft books that have been especially helpful to you, please leave the book title and author name in the comments and I'll add it to the list.


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