Lee’s Favorite Writing Texts


I read a ton of books on writing craft. I’ve got so many I had to divide them into categories. Here they are.

Story Structure

  • The Anatomy of Story, John Truby (Faber and Faber, Inc.)
  • How to Tell a Story, Peter Rubie (Writer’s Digest Books)
  • The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers [2nd ed. or later], Christopher Vogler (Michael Wiese Productions)
  • STORY: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting, Robert McKee (ReganBooks) – one of the best books on story structure, and not just for screenwriting
  • The Art of Creative Writing, Lajos Egri (Citadel Press [1995 reissue]) – dramatic structure and premise
  • The Marshall Plan Workbook, Evan Marshall (Writer’s Digest Books) – a little bit of everything, best on planning
  • The Story Equation: How to Plot and Write a Brilliant Story from One Powerful Question, Susan May Warren (My Book Therapy)
  • How to Write a Dynamite Scene Using the Snowflake Method, Randy Ingermanson (Ingermanson Communications, Inc.)

Characterization

  • Creating Characters, Dwight Swain (Writer’s Digest Books)
  • Goal, Motivation & Conflict: The Building Blocks of Good Fiction, Debra Dixon (Gryphon Books for Writers)

Point of View

  • Point of View in Fiction, Marcy Kennedy (Tongue Untied Communications)
  • Deep Point of View, Marcy Kennedy (Tongue Untied Communications)

Writing Technique

  • Techniques of the Selling Writer, Dwight Swain (Univ. of Oklahoma Press)
  • Writing Fiction [6th ed. or later], Janet Burroway (Addison Wesley Longman)
  • The Language of Fiction: A Writer’s Stylebook (UPNE), Brian Shawver – the nuances of language for fiction writing

Showing and Telling

  • Showing and Telling in Fiction, Marcy Kennedy (Tongue Untied Communications)
  • Show, Don’t Tell, Sandra Gerth (Ylva Publishing)
  • Understanding Show, Don’t Tell (And Really Getting It), Janice Hardy (Fiction University Press)

James Frey’s “How to Write”

  • How to Write a Damn Good Novel, James N. Frey (St. Martin’s) – a bit of everything, big on dramatic structure
  • How to Write Damn Good Fiction: Advanced Techniques for Dramatic Storytelling, James N. Frey (Macmillan) – like the subtitle says, advanced techniques
  • The Key: How to Write Damn Good Fiction Using the Power of Myth, James N. Frey (St. Martin’s Griffin) – synthesizes mythic structure and makes it practical

Writing Faster

  • 5,000 Words Per Hour: Write Faster, Write Smarter, Chris Fox
  • 2,000 to 10,000: How to Write Faster, Write Better, and Write More of What You Love, Rachel Aaron

Writing Career

  • Lifelong Writing Habit: The Secret to Writing Every Day, Chris Fox
  • Write to Market, Chris Fox

Revision and Self-editing

  • Self-editing for Fiction Writers, Renni Browne and Dave King – revision and self-editing
  • Revision, David Michael Kaplan – revision
  • Getting the Words Right, Theodore A. Rees Cheney – editing
  • Editing Fact and Fiction, Sharpe and Gunther – editing
  • The 10% Solution, Ken Rand (Fairwood Press) – editing
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