Resources for Writers


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

Blake Snyder

Deep Story: Hollywood’s Secret Techniques for Writing Money Making Stories

Carol A. Hughes

Writing for Emotional Impact: Advanced Dramatic Techniques to Attract, Engage, and Fascinate the Reader from Beginning to End

Karl Iglesias

How to Write a Damn Good Novel: A Step-by-Step No Nonsense Guide to Dramatic Storytelling

James N. Frey

How to Write a Damn Good Novel, II: Advanced Techniques For Dramatic Storytelling

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

Sol Stein

Techniques of the Selling Writer

Dwight V. Swain

The 90-Day Novel: Unlock the Story Within

Alan Watt

The Key, How to Write Damn Good Fiction Using the Power of Myth

James N. Frey


Revision & Self-Editing (Write Great Fiction)

James Scott Bell

The 90-Day Rewrite: The Process of Revision

Alan Watt

The First Five Pages: A Writer’S Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile

Noah Lukeman


Character Naming Sourcebook

Sherrilyn Kenyon

Flip Dictionary

Barbara Ann Kipfer, Ph.D.

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression

Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

General & Marketing

Rise of the Machines: Human Authors in a Digital World

Kristen Lamb

Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence

Lisa Cron

The Art of War for Writers: Fiction Writing Strategies, Tactics, and Exercises

James Scott Bell

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Steven Pressfield