“You can’t teach someone to write fiction.”
-- Comment made by an experienced author when asked if they could recommend a good creative writing course for aspiring writers.
After I poked pins into the doll I made in his likeness, I read these books on writing. They’ve served me well.
On Writing by Stephen King
As entertaining as it is educational, contains excellent info on the mechanics of writing as well as encouragement on enjoying the journey.
The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman
Written by a literary agent in New York, outlines the common mistakes that get manuscripts rejected.
The Plot Thickens by Noah Lukeman
This one is less about what not to do and more about breathing life into your manuscript.
The Romance Writers Handbook by Rebecca Vinyard
Explains what makes a winning romance as well as info on archetypal characters, subgenres, contracts, queries, synopsis writing and more.
Self –Editing for Fiction Writers by Browne & King
After I finished the first draft of my novel, this book gave me some priceless advice on fixing it up.
Eats, Shoots, & Leaves by Lynne Truss
This book is the equivalent of mixing medicine in applesauce. No one likes grammar but Lynne Truss makes it as palatable as possible.
The Elements of Style by Strunk and White
Everyone should have one.
Do you have a favorite book that has improved your writing? If so, I would love to hear from you.