For Writers


Stephen King: On Writing. A must read for all. The first part tells of King’s life which is fascinating, the second is an informal “how-to” about the craft. Great, no-nonsense approach to his writing, full of wisdom.

Janet Evanovitch: How I Write. If you are not sure if you are ready to write, that it is something reserved to “others, get inspired with this book. Evanovitch is funny, gives sound advice and is very encouraging.

John Gardner: On Becoming a Novelist


James N. Frey: How to Write a Dawn Good Novel. Another must read for any fiction writer. Gives you all the tips to make your novel exciting.

Dean R. Koontz: Writing Popular Fiction. One of my favorite book on the craft. I reread it three times. Great advice, including how to come up with titles. An entertaining read from this very prolific author.

Noah Lukeman: The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life A quick informative manual from this NY agent. Good to read before starting your novel.

Noah Lukeman: The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile. As a NY agent, Lukeman knows what he is talking about and shares his wisdom. A quick read and very informative.

Stephen King: On Writing. A must read for all. The first part tells of King’s life which is fascinating, the second is an informal “how-to” about the craft. Great, no-nonsense approach to his writing, full of wisdom


Rebecca Vinyard: The Romance Writer’s Handbook. Everything is covered in this very good handbook including a solid section on POV, which is I find thin in other manuals. The bonus has great testimonials by published authors on various topic including critiquing and rejections.

Leigh Michaels: On Writing Romance. One could do worse than start with this short book. Simple and easy to read, includes all the basics and will get you started on undersanding the basic of romance writing.

Julie Beard: Complete Idiot’s Guide to Getting Your Romance Published. Surprisingly good, a thick book covered with information including details on writing the different sub-genres

Rita Clay Estrada and Rita Gallagher: You Can Write a Romance. Another must read, at least for the history of romance. Written by two RWA founders, this is a compilation of essays from the greatest romance writers of my youth. Worth it, even if it is just for the great account of Barbara Cartland reclining in her daybed while dictating to her assistant.

Valerie Parv: The Art of Writing Romance. Simple little book by an Australian romance writer. Good place to start, especially for the beginning writer interested in category romance.


John Gardner: The Art of Fiction. A classic, what can I say. Only pure good advice in a take-no-prisoner approach. Worth reading many times and absorb slowly. Contains a great explanation on POV psychic distance.

Donald Maass Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook. Think your novel is missing tension and is a bit slow going, fill up the questionnaire in this workbook and you will be full of idea. Taught me the concept of plot layers and subplot. I prefer the workbook version to the manual, I use this all the time.

James Scott: Plot and structure. To me the best book in the Write Great Fiction series. The hero’s journey concept simply explained along with other essential advice on plotting.

Blake Snyder: Save the Cat. A book for screenwriter about plotting. Snyder explains is own 15 beat approach to a story to make it compelling, never boring. Practical advice easily applied to fiction writing.

Alicia Rasley: The Power of Point of View. If you still don’t understand POV or would like to try writing with a different one than you usually do, this is the book for you. Covers all the basics and much more on the topic.

Jack M. Bickham: Scene and Structure

Jack M. Bickham: Setting

Nancy Kress: Beginnings, Middles & Ends


William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White: The Element of Style

Theodore A. Rees Cheney: Getting the Words Right. My favorite book on editing. Everything is there. After you’ve written your manuscript, get ready to work.

Renni Browne and David King: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers. Easy to read, contains all the editing information you need. I love this book. I suggest keeping a copy handy while you edit that manuscript and maybe read it often as a reminder. I read it three times.

James Scott Bell: Revision and Self-Editing.


Betsy Lerner: The forest for the trees : an editor’s advice to writers.

Elizabeth Lyon: the Sell your Novel Toolkit

8 Responses to For Writers

  1. I love GMC: Goal, Motivation and Conflict by Debra Dixon.



  2. Linda Bergen says:

    I published my first novel, an erotic romance, “Not So Innocent,” in July 2007. Unfortunately, I found that publishers do not promote their authors. Besides Facebook post announcements, how can I promote my book so as to increase sales? I have begun the sequel, but would like to make a success of selling the first before publishing the sequel.


    with warmest regards


    Heart respires to glow when deep in red
    as love of friend resolutes to resonate
    by a rave to sip the muse of awe divine
    yet endearing soul with bliss engrossing.

    blue seems to sprinkle by words of joy
    god of own serenades onto the eternity
    mirth within yet sates like dew over dawn
    I do remember grace of yours unequaled.

    do we ever know as wishes long to belong ?
    entirety as when made of mortality sanguine
    friendship preens like beams promise to brighten
    as green verdure knows rungs of light on unison.

    earth knows myth of blessings by rise of sun
    as newness refreshes by wresting sorrows
    known from rucks of crowd sways to recall
    as symphony redounds to toll rusky rune over rust.

    By subhendu kar


  4. Oh Boy. The novelist’s world has changed, is changing, will change! I sold my first novel to Doubleday New York.First time out found an agent: HIS first time out with it he got the sale. That was a few years ago.
    Ladies, it is harder to find an agent than a publisher. The publisher buys a manuscript: the agent buys the author. It’s a gigantic crap game out there. The best thing you can di is just write. And write and write until you’ve got it absolutely right.
    Then go out hunting.


  5. MacJew says:

    Dean Koontz wrote a book back in the 70’s called “How to Write Popular Fiction”. It’s out of print but can be found for relatively cheap.


  6. […]  a site where one can get a contract for their novel or just read all the good info about writers. I found this when a Facebook friend thought I might be ready to query. Unfortunately they don’t take picture books. But it was a nice gesture and who knows maybe one of you can use this info. This was to pitch to Jennifer Miller for Samhain Publishing. It took some research to learn she wanted only romance. But hey, some picture book publishers might look for pitches this way, too, right? […]


  7. Gerard Quain says:

    as a great Irish poet,, yes I do write that down just to cheer myself up not because i am actually a great Irish poet, because today , just like rap music as ascended from it’s roots so has poetry , so now i am Gerard Quain international poet and red head, being a poet is a way of life, for some to climb mountains, is how they reach their ambition, but for me it is a blank page ,wonders quiet often do I have further to fall


  8. pibarrington says:

    THIS is why I love MUSETRACKS.


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