My Top Ten List of Fiction Writing Books

Fiction writers sometimes ask me to recommend books that will help them develop both the craft and the business of fiction writing.  My top ten follow below. (To order, click on the titles.)

  1. Story by Robert McKee (hardcover);  Kindle edition
  2. Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain (paperback); (No Kindle edition)
  3. Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass (paperback); Kindle edition
  4. Save the Cat by Blake Snyder (paperback); Kindle edition
  5. Hooked by Les Edgerton (paperback); No Kindle edition
  6. The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction by Jeff Gerke (paperback); Kindle edition
  7. Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell (paperback); Kindle edition
  8. Goal, Motivation, & Conflict by Debra Dixon (hardcover); No Kindle edition
  9. Dynamic Characters by Nancy Kress (paperback); Kindle edition
  10. The Power of Point of View by Alicia Rasley (paperback): Kindle edition

Now let’s hear from you. 🙂  What are your top ten books for fiction writers?

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4 thoughts on “My Top Ten List of Fiction Writing Books

  1. I have a few of these books, but am thinking I need to check into the others. I also like Characters, Emotion, and Viewpoint by Nancy Kress.

    Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

    May 25, 2012 7:52 AM

    • Thanks so much, Karen, for mentioning Characters, Emotion, and Viewpoint by Nancy Kress. Anything by Nancy Kress on fiction writing is very helpful.

      Blessings to you . . .

      May 28, 2012 7:58 AM

  2. Stein on Writing by Sol Stein has helped me a great deal. I love the list, and will take it with me to my local bookstore today, as I just received a gift card! Thanks!

    May 26, 2012 3:48 PM

    • Thanks so much for your comments and for mentioning Stein’s book. Yes, I agree. It’s a great book. I appreciate your adding it to our list.

      Blessings,

      MaryAnn

      May 26, 2012 4:03 PM