Books on Writing

A sampling of books our members have found helpful.


The Craft of Writing

The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master by Martha Alderson

Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell

Now Write! Fiction Writing Exercises from Today’s Best Writers and Teachers by Sherry Ellis

Writing Fiction for Dummies by Randy Ingermanson and Peter Economy

Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling by Donald Maass

Between the Lines: Master the subtle elements of fiction writing by Jessica Page Morrell

The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler


Editing and Revision

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print by Renni Browne & Dave King

Manuscript Makeover: Revision Techniques No Fiction Writer Can Afford to Ignore by Elizabeth Lyon


Inspiration and Prompts

A Writer’s Book of Days: A Spirited Companion & Lively Muse for the Writing Life by Judy Reeves


General/The Writing Life

Around the Writer’s Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer’s Resistance by Rosanne Bane

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield


Grammar and Style

Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing by Mignon Fogarty

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss



How to Write a Damn Good Novel by James N. Frey

Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K. M. Weiland

The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing by Writer’s Digest Books



Write The Fight Right by Alan Baxter (writing realistic fight scenes)

Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror edited by Laurie Lamson

Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff VanderMeer (fantasy)