Larry Brooks gives you a lot to digest in Story Engineering: concept, character, plot, structure, scene, and theme. It is a deep read but manageable. Concept was new to me until this book and it helped move my first novel in the Chronicles of Lady Sam to the next level.
This is the best book on writing that I own! From Motivation/Reaction Units to Scene & Sequel, Dwight Swain breaks down the novel into digestible parts. It is a deep read in parts which may have you coming back to at a later date but it is a must read for any novelist.
Anything K.M. Weiland writes concerning Story is powerful. Make sure you watch her youtube videos — short snippets that are packed full of writerly knowledge.
“Give yourself permission to be bad. Write first, polish later…” James Scott Bell is a guru on writing. He is also a good teacher. A must have book . Here’s a tip– read it before your first draft, you won’t make as many mistakes!
Rachel Aaron is too funny and too good at helping me write well and fast! Great Book!
Seventy-seven two page chapters of pure writerly wisdom. James Scott Bell is direct and to the point – I call it the little powerful book on a good writing battle plan.
I bought the kindle book, took notes, then had to buy the paper back and highlight it! Donald Maass will show you step by step how to lift your novel out of the ranks of the ordinary and into the ream of the breakout novel! An intense book that will make you a better novelist.
This is not a book on plot it is an amazing book on scene structure in a work of fiction. Jack Bickham gives many examples of scene what to do and what not to do. Let’s face it scene is everything– you gotta get scene writing down period. This is a very good read to follow Dwight Swain’s Techniques of a Selling Writer.
I bought this older 1990 version used and it opened my eyes to what narrative was, how dialogue should perform three functions, how to show tension (to keep your readers reading!)and much more. Gary Provost calls words employees and he shows us how to put them to work!
WRITE AWAY covers the basics of craft (story telling). Everyone should read this book. She specifically shows you the minute points of craft, illustrating many techniques– so helpful. Elizabeth George says, “Lots of people want to have written but they don’t want to write,” and “so much of writing is just showing up.” Now, that’s truth.