Craft books

Every writer I know has a stack of craft books. Some of them have even been read 🙂 I thought I’d share some of my favourites, in no particular order.

G.M.C.: Goal, Motivation & Conflict by Debra Dixon – Love, love, love this book! I use this at the plotting stage initially to try to come up with a Goal, Motivation and Conflict for each of my characters. Then tend to go back to it for inspiration when I get stuck.

The Breakout Novelist by Donald Maass – I have to confess to not having read this one cover to cover. It’s one I dip in and out of when I’m editing or when I’m looking for exercises to improve my craft.

On Writing by Stephen King – This is my inspiration book. I’ve never read a Stephen King story, and probably never will, but I find this very memoir gets me going when my enthusiasm for writing wanes.

The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler – I’m still working my way through this but am finding it very useful so far in terms of working out the character arc.

Save The Cat by Black Snyder – Fantastic book to help with structuring my novels. I love the beat sheet.

Writing Love by Alexandra Sokoloff – Another great book for structuring my novel. I use this one extensively to make sure the book flows well.

What’s your favourite craft books? Are you a fan of any I’ve mentioned? Or do you have a hidden treasure that I need to know about?


Last Modified on May 26, 2013
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    li class="comment even thread-even depth-1" id="comment-1086">

    Some great tools in your pile. I love On Writing, Save the Cat and Breakout novel. I’ll be adding the rest to my TBR pile. Thanks for sharing!

    li class="comment byuser comment-author-kpadmin bypostauthor odd alt thread-odd thread-alt depth-1" id="comment-1087">

    Thanks for dropping by, Stacey. I’ll bring them along to the next meeting if you’d like to borrow any (apart from the Sokoloff one, which is an ebook).

    li class="comment even thread-even depth-1" id="comment-1352">

    Hi Kerrie
    Of the ones you mention, I’ve read On Writing. But what I wanted to say was, you really should read a Stephen King book. I have a bookshelf of them – my husband is a big fan and I’ve become a fan. They are scary but they are so well written. Not long ago I read The Shining. It’s just a brilliant, brilliant book.
    I also visit Alex Sokoloff’s blog all the time. It is a treasure trove of craft!
    Lily M

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