My Favorite Books on Fiction Writing

Every fiction author has her list of favorite books on the craft of writing fiction. Periodically, authors ask me for book recommendations, and I am always happy to offer some of my favorites. While this list is certainly not all-inclusive, it does represent a cross-section of my fiction-writing library.

The books listed are those I have found to be most helpful in learning how to write compelling fiction. I am supplying links to each book in case you wish to purchase one or more of them.  I want you to know upfront that these links are my affiliate links to Amazon.com, and I earn a percentage of all sales made through them.

If you know of other good books that are not already on my list, please let me know. I welcome your recommendations.   Thanks!

Story by Robert McKee

Book Proposals That Sell by W. Terry Whalin

Christian Writers Market Guide 2014

Create Your Writer Platform by Chuck Sambucchino

The Dance of Character and Plot by DiAnn Mills

Fiction Writing Demystified by Thomas Sawyer

The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass

Getting into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn from Actors by Brandilyn Collins

Goal, Motivation, & Conflict by Debra Dixon

On Teaching and Writing Fiction by Wallace Stegner

Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell

Power Elements of Story Structure by Rebecca LuElla Miller

Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder

–Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and David King

Story Engineering by Larry Brooks

Story Physics by Larry Brooks

Structuring Your Novel by K. Weiland

Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain

The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction by Jeff Gerke

The Moral Premise by Dr. Stan Williams

Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass

Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling by Donald Maass 

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