Writing Resources

Every author keeps a collection of guide and reference books. There are many posts available on “core” books to have, each slightly different depending on subject matter and personal preference.

Here’s what I like to have handy — not all of these are references, but each has a place in my toolkit whether I need an emotional stance that conveys frustration, or just a good humor break to remind me that people generally do something while the talk. No one sits there emotionless for 4 pages dialoging (yes, I verbed dialog):

  1. The Elements of Style, 4th Ed., by William Strunk. Jr. and E.B. White
  2. Beginnings, Middles, and Ends, by Nancy Kress
  3. The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression, by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
  4. How to Write Dazzling Dialogue, James Scott Bell
  5. The Art of Writing Fiction, by Andrew Cowan
  6. How Not To Write A Novel, by Howard Mittlemark and Sandra Newman
  7. A Writer’s Workbook, by Caroline Sharp
  8. Write Worlds Your Readers Won’t Forget, Stant Litore
  9. Classic Human Anatomy: The Artist’s Guide to Form, Function, and Movement, Valarie L. Winslow
  10. Recently added: Flora and Fauna references (for those pesky tree and plant names)