So there are a lot of writing books out there that all give advice on the best way to write your novel. So I’m going to try and help narrow this down by giving you the books that I’ve found the most helpful. Hopefully they’ll provide you with some new insights or clarity in your novel writing and editing process. Feel free to also suggest books too. I love finding new books.
- So first off, I have to say that that the first book I ever reached for was Writing Fiction for Dummies by Peter Economy and Randall Ingermanson. This book just gave me that basic layout to get started, and a little of what to expect after I finished writing.
- Then we have the ever wonderful Save The Cat! Writes A Novel by Jessica Brody. This book is based off of Blake Snyder’s screenwriting novel and it has helped me a great deal in pacing my novel.
- The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writers Guide to Character Expression by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. They have more character development thesaurus’s out and some free worksheets on their sit.
- Characters And Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card
- Breathing Life Into Your Characters by Rachel Ballon, Ph.D
- Plot Versus Character* A Balanced Approach To Writing Great Fiction by Jeff Gerke
- The Writer’s Guide To Weapon by Benjamin Sobieck
- The One-Year Novelist by L.M. Lilly. This little book kept me on track when writing my second novel, while also reminding when to have key parts writing.
So these are the books I have used when writing. I know there are some really great ones out there that work for some authors but didn’t really work for me. I also grab any Writers Digest magazines or articles that I find useful. YouTube also has a lot of Indie authors that give some good insights.
I hope this list helps and remember we do it all for the love of writing.