I have shelves full of writing books. Here are some of my favorites:
Craft & Process
- Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need by Blake Snyder
- Deep Story: Hollywood’s Secret Techniques for Writing Money Making Stories by Carol A. Hughes
- Writing for Emotional Impact: Advanced Dramatic Techniques to Attract, Engage, and Fascinate the Reader from Beginning to End by Karl Iglesias
- How to Write a Damn Good Novel: A Step-by-Step No Nonsense Guide to Dramatic Storytelling by James N. Frey
- How to Write a Damn Good Novel, II: Advanced Techniques For Dramatic Storytelling by James N. Frey
- Stein On Writing: A Master Editor of Some of the Most Successful Writers of Our Century Shares His Craft Techniques and Strategies by Sol Stein
- Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain
- The 90-Day Novel: Unlock the Story Within by Alan Watt
- The Key, How to Write Damn Good Fiction Using the Power of Myth by James N. Frey
- Revision & Self-Editing (Write Great Fiction) by James Scott Bell
- The 90-Day Rewrite: The Process of Revision by Alan Watt
- The First Five Pages: A Writer’S Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman
- Character Naming Sourcebook by Sherrilyn Kenyon
- Flip Dictionary by Barbara Ann Kipfer, Ph.D.
- The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
General & Marketing
- Rise of the Machines: Human Authors in a Digital World by Kristen Lamb
- Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence by Lisa Cron
- The Art of War for Writers: Fiction Writing Strategies, Tactics, and Exercises by James Scott Bell
- The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
- AgentQuery – Comprehensive list of agents and so much more.
- Author E. M. S. – Business Resources for Authors
- Editorial Freelancers Association – Look here if you’re in search of an editor for your masterpiece.
- Literature & Latte List of Writing Software (and other good links)
- Preditors & Editors – Want to check out a publisher before agreeing to sign the contract? Check here.
- Query Shark – Brave enough to submit your query for public critique and possible butchering? This is your site. Or you can simply peruse the huge archives database to learn all you need to know.
- QueryTracker – List of agents and publishers, what they’re looking for, how to submit. Lots of statistics and ability to track your submissions and results.
- Romance Writers of America – Even if you don’t write strictly romance, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more professional and helpful organization.
- Seven Writing Quotes – Quotes by Writers for Writers (there are more than 7)
- SlushPile Hell – Go here for laughs and vivid examples of how NOT to query an agent.
- Surrey International Writer’s Conference – The one and only. So worth the trip.
- The Bookshelf Muse – Dedicated to helping writers via descriptive tools, knowledge sharing, and support.
- Top 10 Blogs for Writers 2011-2012
- Write To Done – Unmissable Articles on Writing