Must Reads for Aspiring Writers—The Journey of a Lifetime

Journey of the Mind—Tips for Writers

As promised, here is the list of great craft of writing titles through which I am working my way. Many of these books I have read and studied. Others I have in my “To Read” pile. Some I return to, time after time, to ponder and apply their wisdom to my writing.

This is by no means a complete list—as in if you read every book on the list you will be published tomorrow. Don’t I wish it worked that way. This is a list that may take you years to sort through. And along the way, additional books on writing will be written and you may discover further gems on your own. It is definitely not a quick fix to publication but a process that may take years as you strive to better your understanding of writing and your abilities to communicate, entertain and inspire through the written word.

Currently, I am reading and savoring James Scott Bell’s Plot and Structure. With techniques and applicable writing exercises in each chapter, I am learning and growing by leaps and bounds. I can’t recommend it enough.

My next favorite thing—after writing—is reading. So head to your nearest bookstore or library and stock up. Don’t rush through the list but allow these books time to resonate and refresh you.

Happy reading, writers.

Be sure and let me know which ones are your favorites or if you would suggest additional Must Reads to the list.

  • Beginnings, Middles and Ends by Nancy Kress
  • Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
  • Building Believable Characters by Marc McCutcheon
  • Christian Writers’ Market Guide by Sally Stuart
  • Don’t Murder Your Mystery—24 Fiction-Writing Techniques to Save Your Manuscript from Turning Up…D.O.A. by Chris Roerden
  • Getting into Character by Brandilynn Collins
  • Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell
  • Revision and Self-Editing by James Scott Bell
  • Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni King and Dave Browne
  • Stein on Writing by Sol Stein
  • The Art and Craft of Novel Writing by Oakley Hall
  • The Writer’s Guide to Character Traits by Linda N. Edelstein
  • Woe is I by Patricia T. O’Connor
  • Writing the Breakout Novel and Workbook by Donald Maass
  • Writing the Novel by Lawrence Block
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