Editors and writers are often asked about our favorite resources. It is a subject that always comes up in my writing classes, so I thought I would share a few of mine and why I find them useful.
The Emotion Thesaurus (Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi) 75 emotions succinctly describe what a character is feeling. One of my new favorites.
Writing the Breakout Novel (Donald Maass) Inspiring, practical, information from the respected author of seventeen novels, an extremely successful literary agent
20 Master Plots: And How to Build Them (Ron Tobias) Indepth look at plotting with checklists
How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author (Janet Evanovich) Fun, easy to understand basics to from bestselling author on how to create a book.
Editor-Proof Your Writing (Don McNair) 21 steps to clear prose that work! Query & other good information.
Creating Fiction (Julie Checkoway) Easy to understand info: elements of fiction
“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” Einstein
Becoming A Writer (Dorothea Brande) My favorite book on writing—the who, why, what, how, and when to write. I get inspired and learn something new every time I read it.
On Writing (Stephen King) Memoir and guide to writing filled with inspiration and practical advice.
Stein on Writing (Sol Stein) Master editor of successful writers spills the secrets of writing
Writing Fiction (Janet Burroway) Touchstone for literary writers. Used in MFA programs.
Warning! Don’t read them all at once! Take your time and absorb the information and keep them handy for easy reference.
Write like you mean it ~ Mahala