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 they 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.
Romance Writers Craft Books
Naughty Words for Nice Writers: A Sexual and Spanking Thesaurus
How to Write Hot Sex
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
Romancing the Beat
I love this book. Ironically, I found it at the same time as several of my writing buddies, and on arriving at writing group we all said ‘Oh, you have to read this new book….’ Only to discover we all were (or most’ve us!). If you love music, and writing to music, then Gwen 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 beats – 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*