Most writers have a few writing craft books they keep as reference or part of their tool kit. Books like Stephen King’s On Writing, or Donald Maass’ Writing the Breakout Novel, Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way and Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird regularly make many writer’s top lists. But there are many more now, and good resources being published everyday. What are your absolute favourites?
This wonderful book was recommended to me by a couple of friends, and I always pick it up now and again and flick through it. It tells how a plot influences the story structure and differences that plots require for different literature. He gives you ideas on how to create plots, brainstorming plots, and methods with diagrams and charts.
I first discovered this book while checking out “how to write a romance” and came across a website which was pretty much based on this book. I got so much from the site, I decided I wanted the book for myself, and I love it. It has so many useful tips and hints on how to write specifically Romance, what is expected in a romance, how to create strong Hero’s and Heroine’s, creating sexual tension (as opposed to sex) and a whole lot more.
Write Your Own… by Compass Point Books
I discovered these through Scholastic Book Club and purchased one. I enjoyed it so much, I purchased several others in the series. It is aimed at early writers, but it has some really simple easy exercises and ideas on how to research information, brainstorm ideas, bring things together and write the story. I have Fantasy, Mystery, Poetry, Historical, Adventure and Action. Some of the books are repetitive when it comes to writing dialogue and reaching your audience, but it is relevant to each of the different genres.
I would like to say that I read lots of these books, but I don’t. These are the ones that I have and I have purchased them for a reason. There are lots of other good books out there too, so check out Amazon or your favourite book store for more.