Must-Have Craft Books

Below are the craft books I currently has on my shelf. Each one is instrumental to the honing of our craft. If you see one here that you may not have, click on the link to view the book at Amazon. If you’re still hesitant and want more information first, feel free to shoot me an email here, or message me on Facebook or Twitter. I usually take pages of notes when I devour a new craft book (and just about every page in these books are brightly colored. Love my highlighters 🙂 ).



Story Engineering by Larry Brooks

Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell

Scene and Structure by Jack Bickman

The Plot Whisperer by Martha Alderson

The Plot Whisperer Workbook by Martha Alderson

Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass

Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook by Donald Maass

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

Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need by Blake Snyder

Save the Cat Strikes Back: More Troubles for Screenwriters to Get Into … and Out Of by Blake Snyder

On Writing by Stephen King

Writing Fiction for Dummies by Randy Ingermanson and Peter Economy

Beginnings, Middles & Ends by Nancy Kress

The First 50 Pages: Engage Agents, Editors and Readers, and Set Your Novel Up For Success by Jeff Gerke

The Fire in Fiction: Passion, Purpose and Techniques to Make Your Novel Great by Donald Maass

The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts by Martha Alderson

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

The Elements of Expression: Putting Thoughts into Words by Arthur Plotnik and Jessica Morell

Creating Characters: How to Build Story People by Dwight V. Swain

The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler

Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (And Live to Tell About It) by Rochelle Melander

Writing the Paranormal Novel: Techniques and Exercises for Weaving Supernatural Elements into Your Story by Steven Harper

Dialogue by Gloria Kempton

The Complete Writer’s Guide to Heroes & Heroines by Tami D. Cowden, Caro LaFever and Sue Viders

Fallen Heroes: Sixteen Master Villain Archetypes by Tami D. Cowden

Revision and Self-Editing by James Scott Bell

The Art of War for Writers: Fiction Writing Strategies, Tactics, and Exercises by James Scott Bell

20 Master Plots and How to Build Them by Ronald B. Tobias

77 Reasons Why Your Book was Rejected by Mike Nappa

The Elements of Style by William Strunk, E.b. White and Roger Angell

Characters & Viewpoint: Proven Advice and Timeless Techniques for Creating Compelling Characters by Orson Scott Card

Write That Book Already! The Tough Love You Need to Get Published Now by Sam Barry and Kathi Kamen Goldmark

Writer’s Digest Guide to Query Letters by Wendy Burt-Thomas

Writer’s Market Guide to Getting Published by Editors of Writers Digest Books

Bullies, Bastards and Bitches: How to Write the Bad Guys of Fiction by Jessica Morrell

Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Trips for Better Writing by Mignon Fogarty

The Liar’s Bible: A Handbook for Fiction Writers by Lawrence Block

500 Ways to Be a Better Writer & 500 More Ways to Be a Better Writer by Chuck Wendig

Rock Your Plot: A Simple System for Plotting Your Novel by Cathy Yardley

Rock Your Revisions: A Simple System for Revising Your Novel by Cathy Yardley

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

The Art & Craft of Story: 2nd Practitioner’s Manual by Victoria Mixon

Writing Fiction for All You’re Worth by James Scott Bell

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