Lee’s Favorite Writing Texts


  • The Anatomy of Story, John Truby (Faber and Faber, Inc.) – story structure
  • Creating Characters, Dwight Swain (Writer’s Digest Books) – characterization
  • How to Tell a Story, Peter Rubie (WDB) – story structure
  • Techniques of the Selling Writer, Dwight Swain (Univ. of Oklahoma Press) – writing technique
  • The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers [2nd ed. or later], Christopher Vogler (Michael Wiese Productions) – story structure
  • Writing Fiction [6th ed. or later], Janet Burroway (Addison Wesley Longman) – writing technique
  • The Art of Creative Writing, Lajos Egri (Citadel Press [1995 reissue]) – dramatic structure and premise
  • The Marshall Plan Woorkbook, Evan Marshall (WDB) – a little bit of everything, best on planning
  • 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
  • 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 Language of Fiction: A Writer’s Stylebook (UPNE), Brian Shawver – the nuances of language for fiction writing
  • 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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