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4/8/14 12:18 P

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I kind of have a problem with craft books too! Fiction girl here, too!

1.) Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass (I'll spare myself a little here and say ANYTHING WRITTEN BY HIM as I have all of his books and have studied with him)

2.) Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell

3.) Goddesses in Everywoman by Jean Shinoda Bolen

4.) The Artists Way by Julia Cameron

5.) The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell

The myth-y stuff is because I like to work with higher ideals in my stories, it helps me create more interesting characters and cycles, and allows me to work with symbols, too. I also have Stephen King's On Writing which I haven't poked at yet, same with Christopher Vogler's The Writer's Journey. A fun little book I picked up on grammar is Doctor Whom!

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3/19/14 9:51 P

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Hi there! I'm a fiction writer too, so that's the emphasis of most of my writing books.

1. The Complete Writer's Guide to Heroes and Heroines by Tami Cowden, Caro LaFever and Sue Viders. My copy is pretty much falling apart right now. The paperback is out of print, but they put out a kindle version last year.

2. Woe is I by Patricia O'Conner

3. Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing by Mignon Fogarty

4. The Writer's Little Helper by James V Smith Jr. This is an amazing little book covering just about everything...

5. Line by Line: How to edit Your Own Writing by Claire Kehrwald Cook


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Historically, I've been a business and technical writer. In the last few years I've added a couple of screenplays to that. Now I'm working on a children's book series. That makes my list of favorite writing mechanics books a bit eclectic, perhaps even odd.

1. Cinematic Storytelling by Jennifer Van Sijll -- The screenwriter supplies descriptions of scenes as well as dialogue. This book helps me ensure that my visuals help move the story forward.

2. Style as the Discovery of Viewpoint by Richard Eastman -- My college professor wrote this book. It's about how your style evolves from what you discover thru the writing process. For example, by which details you decide to include and which you decide to eliminate. Great stuff.

3. Elements of Style -- We all know this one.

4. Chicago Manual of Style -- The business environments that I've worked in used this instead of the AP guide.

5. Studies in Words by C.S. Lewis -- Discusses how certain words and phrases have changed meaning over the years and how that can impact understanding.

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My list is way different from RRUDEPARANORMAL's since I'm more focused on business/health writing:

1. Write to the Point by Bill Stott, an oldie but a goodie to help business people give up the love of sounding important in favor of message.

2. "Death by Power Point," which is a manifesto and not a book written by Seth Godin. But if you are involved in sales and marketing, anything by Seth Godin will improve what you do!

3. The AP (Associated Press) Style Guide, now online as a tool that can be customized for your organization. It is invaluable when fighting with senior vice presidents over why their titles SHOULD NOT be capitalized!!

4. "Eats Shoots and Leaves" by Lynne Truss, which is the funniest book every written about punctuation. Even non-writers seem to get it.

5. "Freelance Writing On Health, Food and Gardens" by Susie Kearley is my newest, favorite book, proving that I can at least attempt to learn something new.

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3/14/14 8:20 P

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Hey everybody! I'll start this one off. Add your answers as a reply to this thread. (And remember you can always start another thread, on another topic. There's some ideas for new topics in the About post, feel free to grab one and go.)

I have to admit I have a bit of an addiction to books about writing. I have several shelves worth, mostly purchased when I was just getting started in this world. A few of them have become well-worn from frequent use. Many are more inspirational than practical, but in this list, I'll stick with the ones that deal with things like grammar, plotting, characterization and such.

(Just FYI, I'm a fiction writer, with an emphasis of novels, and a blogger.)

5) Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark

4) The Power of Point of View: Make Your Story Come to Life by Alicia Rasley

3) Thanks, But This Isn't For Us by Jessica Page Morrell

2) Bullies, Bastards and Bitches: How to Write the Bad Guys of Fiction by Jessica Page Morell (I never noticed before now that she'd written two of my favorites.)

1) The Marshall Plan For Novel Writing by Evan Marshall

That last one taught me how to write a novel ... it deals with everything I needed to know. Yes, it's rigid and formulaic but it's RIGHT. I dissected 6 favorite published novels to make sure the dude was telling the truth, and he is. A novel's structure is formulaic ... it's the writer's voice that makes each seem so distinct.

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