Thursday, April 15, 2010

2 Best Books on the Craft of Writing

Just read this post on Jody Hedlund's blog with an awesome list of books on the craft of writing suggested by a number of tweeting writers.

Here are a few more of my favorites:

How to Grow A Novel: The Most Common Mistakes Writers Make And How To Overcome Them by Sol Stein
The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life by Noah Lukeman
Writing the Blockbuster Novel by Albert Zuckerman
Manuscript Makeover: Revision Techniques No Fiction Writer Can Afford to Ignore by Elizabeth Lyon
Fine Print: Reflections on the Writing Art by James J. Kilpatrick

And for anyone writing fantasy for kids, I would like to recommend:

The Green and Burning Tree: On the Writing and Enjoyment of Children's Books by Eleanor Cameron

(And yes, for those of you who have read WW--that is where it came from. It's been twenty years since I first read this book and it has stuck with me ever since!)

Happy reading!



  1. Thanks for the great suggestions. I haven't been reading books on craft lately. I should. I'm going to read some on your list, especially the one for fantasy writers.

  2. Hi Natalie, let me know what you think of it. The books used for examples are old, but I'd prefer to think of them as classics. :-D It's about high fantasy in the purest, most magical sense and introduced me to some of my favorite children's books of all time. I hope you like it!


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