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
—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
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