Theresa’s Favorite Writing Books

 

Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell

A new book I recently discovered, that has terrific section on how to generate new story ideas, but also asks wonderful questions that are essential that you figure out ahead of time so that you really “know” your book and characters so when you do sit down to write, it’ll be easier.

 

Writing The Breakout Novel by Donald Maass

Book I come back to before starting a new story for inspiration and to remind me of the basics and goals in writing a bestseller.

 

The Making of a Bestseller by Brian Hill and Dee Power

Book I come back to before starting a new story.  A fascinating book that relates success stories from authors and editors, agents and booksellers behind them.

 

Dare to be a Great Writer by Leonard Bishop

Book I come back to before starting a new story.  Comprehensive writing and publishing  business organized in a different way

 

How to Tell a Story by Peter Rubie and Gary Provost

            Book I come back to before starting a new story.  Clear, concise reminder of the basics.

 

GMC, Goal, Motivation & Conflict by Debra Dixon

            My epiphany book that taught me basic story structure and plotting

 

Story by Robert McKee

A screenwriting book that every fiction writer should read to help develop masterful  plotting and wonderful characters.  Contemporary readers demand that stories be told quickly.  They want to be sucked in and whirled through a captivating story.  Film media has a very finite time schedule; therefore successful screenwriters are masters at making each word count.  They are masters of characterization, plotting and dialogue.

 

Creating Unforgettable Characters by Linda Seger

            Great for learning characterization

 

The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler

            A classic

 

Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain

            Classic How to book

 

Lessons From a Lifetime of Writing by David Morrell

For Inspiration & realism.  Interesting view of the writing life and the process behind it.

 

On Writing by Stephen King

For inspiration & realism.  Interesting view of the writing life and the process behind it from one of the most well-respected contemporary literary talents.

 

Guide to Literary Agents by Writer’s Digest  Chuck Sambuchino, Editor

Comes out every year, and it’s the best resource for information on literary agents—both script, fiction and nonfiction  and literary conferences.

 

How to be Your Own Literary Agent by Richard Curtis

Wonderful way to understand the publishing world, literary contracts and negotiation techniques