I have read several books along the way to becoming a published author that have helped me tremendously. Even now with two novels on bookshelves, I can still find inspiration through the words of other writers on the craft of writing. These are just a few that occupy my shelf (in no particular order).
THE ARTIST’S WAY by Julia Cameron
“An empowering book for aspiring and working artists. With the basic principle that creative expression is the natural direction of life, Julia Cameron leads you through a comprehensive twelve-week program to recover your creativity from a variety of blocks, including limiting beliefs, fear, self-sabotage, jealousy, guilt, addictions, and other inhibiting forces…” Find this book on Amazon.
WRITE GREAT FICTION: DIALOGUE by Gloria Kempton
“When should your character talk, what should (or shouldn’t) he say, and when should he say it? How do you know when dialogue–or the lack thereof–is dragging down your scene? How do you fix a character with the laconic wit of the Terminator? Gloria Kempton has the answers to all of these questions and more!” Find this book on Amazon.
THE WAR OF ART by Steven Pressfield
“In this powerful, straight-from-the-hip examination of the internal obstacles to success, bestselling author Steven Pressfield shows readers how to identify, defeat, and unlock the inner barriers to creativity. This book is an inspirational, funny, well-aimed kick in the pants guaranteed to galvanize every would-be artist, visionary, or entrepreneur. ” Find this book on Amazon.
A WRITER’S BOOK OF DAYS: A Spirited Companion & Lively Muse for the Writing Life by Judy Reeves
“A holistic approach to being a writer that encompasses the physical, emotional, and spiritual as well as the creative aspects of writing. Reeves evokes the muse in every writer through engaging exercises and practical instruction. Designed to encourage and support while helping make writing a part of daily life.” Find this book on Amazon.
WRITE IT DOWN, MAKE IT HAPPEN by Henriette Anne Klauser
“There is no “right way” to write a goal down–a single line jotted on a scrap of paper is as valuable as a full-blown description of the goal that goes on for several pages. Once you state your goals in writing, the rest of the world can cooperate with your ambition. Learn how to use writing to understand what you want and become a proactive force of your own destiny.” Find this book on Amazon.
STORY by Robert McKee
“This book goes well beyond the essential mechanics of screenwriting. From concept through final manuscript, Story elevates writing from an intellectual exercise to an emotional one, transforming the craft of screenwriting into an art form by carefully exploring the subtler considerations at work in film.” Find this book on Amazon.
THE RIGHT TO WRITE: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life by Julia Cameron
“We should write because writing brings clarity and passion to the act of living. Writing is sensual, experiential, ground. We should write because writing is good for the soul. We should write because writing yields us a body of work, a felt path through the world we live in.” Find this book on Amazon.
WRITE GREAT FICTION: PLOT & STRUCTURE by James Scott Bell
“How does plot influence story structure? What’s the difference between plotting for commercial and literary fiction? How do you revise a plot or structure that’s gone off course? You’ll discover the answers to these questions and more through clear and concise information that will help you create a believable and memorable plot.” Find this book on Amazon.
DO THE WORK by Steven Pressfield
This book “takes the reader from the start to the finis of any long-form project–novel, screenplay, album, software piece, you name it. It identifies the predictable Resistance Points along the way and walks you through each of the. No, you are not crazy. No, you are not alone. No, you are not the first person to “hit the wall” in Act Two.” Find this book on Amazon.
THIS YEAR YOU WRITE YOUR NOVEL by Walter Mosely
“No more excuses. You can write a novel now. In this invaluable book of tips, wisdom, and practical guidance, Mosley teaches you how to: create a daily writing regimen that fits your lifestyle, develop a narrative voice that suits the tale, hook readers with dynamic characters, get past those first challenging sentences and into the heart of the story, and much more.” Find this book on Amazon.
HOW TO WRITE A SELLING SCREENPLAY by Christopher Keane
“We write in a solitary place, all alone, by ourselves. For a writer, solitude becomes a companion for life. One reason I write is to control what little of the universe I can. The universe I can control–if control is the word–lives inside my head. The art and craft of writing is just this a collaboration between writer and the characters.” Find this book on Amazon.
TURNING PRO by Steven Pressfield
“Turning pro is free, but it’s not easy. When we turn pro, we give up a life that we may have become extremely comfortable with. We give up a self that we have come to identify with and to call our own. What we get when we turn pro is we find our power. We find our will and our voice and we find our self-respect.” Find this book on Amazon.