Writing Resources

While it is my belief, as it is that of many others, that reading great writing is the best way to make one’s writing, if not great, then at least better, I also believe that there are other ways to improve one’s writing and many books have been written to help in this effort.

These are some of the books, for better or for worse, that have been and continue to be the sustenance and sustainment of my writing techniques and fundamentals. Most are shelved or stacked within an arm’s length away from my desk so that I can easily and often draw from them to improve and enhance my work; others have been read and are now shelved deep within my consciousness(es) and are drawn from just as often, if not more, with or without my knowing.

If you have a favorite not listed, please make mention of it in the comments so myself and others can add it to our own stacks of writing resources and draw from its wisdom, as well.

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The Screenwriter's Bible

 Points of View The Art of the Novel

The Interpretation of Dreams

10 thoughts on “Writing Resources

  1. I’d add Story, by Robert McKee (http://www.amazon.com/Story-Structure-Substance-Principles-Screenwriting-ebook/dp/B0042FZVOY) and Steven Pressfield’s, The War of Art (http://www.stevenpressfield.com/the-war-of-art/). Meanwhile this is a great list. I’ve got some shopping to do :-).

    1. Awesome. Thank you, SSD. Love the title “The War of Art.” Will def check that one out.

      1. Will enjoy reading what you think of it once you’ve read it. 🙂

  2. I am in my writing infancy, so I appreciate this resource. Thanks!

    1. The pleasure is all mine, mineralsis. Good luck with your writing.

  3. The Stephen King one is one of my all-time favorites! Thanks for sharing this list. I think I’ve got some reading to do! 🙂

    1. Write on! Johanna. Keep us posted on what you read and learn.

  4. Excellent list, I have several on my shelf, King’s book is a favourite. I’d not heard of Writing Down the Bones, but just read it over the past two days. An excellent read, not your typical how-to book, but inspiring, and just the thing to get one’s creative juices flowing again.

    A couple of my favourites, a few years old now, but still worth their weight: Stein on Writing, Sol Stein (great for understanding why manuscripts get rejected), Creating Unforgettable Characters, Linda Seger, Getting the Words Right, Theodore Cheney, and another must read for anyone exploring comedic writing, or just trying to nail a comic character: The Comic Toolbox, John Vorhaus.


    1. This is fantastic, Mike. Thank you for sharing such a wealth of writerly resources for me and others to dig into.

  5. Impressive list. White and Zinsser are in my library. Years ago, a friend gave me “Eats, Shoots & Leaves” by Lynne Truss.

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