Thursday, February 18, 2016

10 Books to Improve Your #Writing Skills


Want to know how to write well?

Read.

A lot.

 
Read award-winning and best-selling works of fiction within your chosen genre.
 

And …

 
Read books on the craft of writing. Read them with a highlighter and pencil in hand. Mark up the pages of the book, flag key passages, and take notes on how to implement the ideas into your own writing. Study and practice and read some more. That’s the formula for writing well. ... At least I *think* it is. ... I'm still striving to improve my own writing skills on a daily basis. ;)
 
 


Here are ten of my favorite books on the craft of writing:

THE FIRE IN FICTION by Donald Maass

HOOKED by Les Edgerton

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE by Strunk & White

SELF-EDITING FOR FICTION WRITERS by Browne & King

SAVE THE CAT! by Blake Snyder

THE STORY BOOK by David Baboulene

WRITING YOUNG ADULT FICTION FOR DUMMIES by Deborah Halverson

WRITING IRRISISTIBLE KIDLIT by Mary Kole

HOW TO WRITE A DAMN GOOD THRILLER by James Frey

ON WRITING: A MEMOIR OF THE CRAFT by Stephen King

 

 

What’s your favorite book on the craft of writing?
 

2 comments:

  1. These are great ones! I've read 4 of them. :) I also love Arthur Plotnik's SPUNK & BITE, a play on Strunk & White--but being creative and more relaxed with the "rules" to make for stronger writing.

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  2. Gosh, you got most my favorites in this list, but I also very much love Plot and Structure by Bell.

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