My early years of writing were very much hit and miss, trial and error. However, along the way, I have found various resources that have helped. Below is a list of books I’ve used, many of which are well-thumbed and still used as points of reference. I should add that this is based on my personal experience and I hope that any recommendations I’m able to make will help other writers’ on their own journeys.
Writing Craft Books
Writers Helping Writers series
Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
- The Emotion Thesaurus
- The Emotion Amplifier
- The Negative Traits Thesaurus
- The Positive Traits Thesaurus
- The Urban Settings Thesaurus
- The Rural Settings Thesaurus
- The Emotional Wounds Thesaurus
I love this series. It’s a must-have for any writer. The best by far is the Emotional Wounds thesaurus which provides a comprehensive insight into the psychology of emotional trauma.
When creating characters it is inevitable they have experienced a trauma of some kind, and this book provides details on everything from the behavioural response to an emotional wound, to dealing with it. The Emotion Thesaurus, and Positive and Negative Traits thesauri also offer help for creating characters, whilst the Urban and Rural settings help get an idea of settings that perhaps a writer hasn’t experienced. For me, one of my series is set in the US, and so an insight into settings of a mansion (using U.S. lingo, really helped).
If you are serious about writing, then these are without doubt the go-to books for writing resources.
They are available on Amazon and I purchased mine through Book Depository.
For more information the authors Writers Helping Writers’ has all the information you need to purchase these books.
The Everything Guide to Writing Your First Novel
Elements of Writing: Scene and Structure
Jack M. Bickham
Save the Cat
Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction
Mastering Suspense Structure & Plot
Jane K Cleland
Writing Blockbuster Plots: A step-by-step guide to mastering plot, structure & scene
Write your Novel in a Month
The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation
Jane Straus, Lester Kaufman, Tom Stern
Bryson’s Dictionary of Troublesome Words: A Writer’s Guide to Getting it Right.
Verbalize & Activate
Romance Writers Craft Books
Romancing the Beat
I love this book. Ironically, I found it at the same time as several of my other writing buddies. Whether or not it was a marketing campaign that just happened to catch us, or mere coincidence, it was funny to arrive at our writing group, excited about talking about this new book, only to find several of us had just read it!
If you love music, and writing to music, then Hayes has offered the perfect tie-in. Her method identifies a beat to the romance novel that she highlights through a song list at the beginning of each chapter.
How cool is that?!
I traditionally used the three act story structure, but she changed my thinking to the three act with four phases – and it works!
If you’re writing romance, then this is absolutely the go-to book. It breaks down the whole structure in a light-hearted, humorous way that isn’t often seen in tool books. 5*
Naughty Words for Nice Writers: A Sexual and Spanking Thesaurus
How to Write Hot Sex
Romance Writers’ Bookshelf
Writing the Romance Novel: Crafting a Love Story that Sells.
Edit Your Own Romance Novel 3 Books in 1: The romance-friendly structure authors need to be objective about their own work.
Building a platform and selling your book
Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds
How to Make a Living as a Writer
James Scott Bell
Judy L Mohr
- Dictate Your Book: How to Write Your Book Faster, Better and Smarter
- Prosperous Creation: Make Art and Money at the Same Time
- The 8-Minute Writing Habit: Create A Consistent Writing Habit that Works with your Busy Lifestyle
- Nail Your Story: Add Tension, Build Emotion and Keep Your Readers Addicted
- Write Better, Faster: How to Triple Your Writing Speed and Write More Every Day
- Accelerated Author: 6 Critical Steps to Turning Your Craft into Your Career
- Novel Writing Prep: A 30 Day Planner That Prepares You To Write 50,000 Words in One Month (The Productive Novelist#1)
- Get Your Book Selling: Jumpstart Your Sales With a Simple Plan That Just Works
- Story Symmetry for Novelists: Tune Your Story Into Harmony and Alignment to Create a Better Reading Experience (The Productive Novelist#2)
The Creative Penn
Prose On Fire
Jami Gold – Where Normal Need Not Apply
Writing with Jenna Moreci
1. James Patterson’s Master Class
2. Candace Havens: #FastDraft & Revision Hell and How to Get Through It.
3. Marie Force: Virtual Workshops
4. James Scott Bell: How to Write Best-Selling Fiction