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?