Books on Writing
Writing Books
"You must want it enough.  Enough to take all the rejections, enough to pay the price of
disappointment and discouragement while you are learning.  Like any other artist you must
learn your craft -- then you can add all the genius you like."  ~~  Phyllis Whitney
Some Books on Writing
How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method (Advanced Fiction Writing) (Volume
1)  --  In this book, you’ll follow the story of a fictitious novelist as she learns to tap into
the amazing power of the Snowflake Method. Almost magically, she finds her story
growing from a simple idea into a deep and powerful novel. And she finds her novel
changing her—into a stronger, more courageous person.

Improve Your Romance Writing Skills -- Improve Your Romance Writing Skills will help
the aspiring writer become a successful author and avoid many pitfalls. It will help more
experienced writers hone their skills. Clear and systematic, it's a must for all romance
writers. Some of the topics covered include characterization, plot, dialogue, voice,
description, pacing, and a host of other skills needed to write a compelling romance

Writing Skills Success in 20 Minutes a Day 5th Edition -- Writing Skills Success in 20
Minutes a Day provides 20 lessons that promote an in-depth understanding of writing
in a short amount of time. Why waste hours when just 20 minutes a day gives students
the writing fundamentals they need? This book provides vital instruction for language
arts mastery and demonstrates the importance of writing in real-world situations.

How to Write Dazzling Dialogue: The Fastest Way to Improve Any Manuscript -- You
may know the fundamentals of how to write fiction. You may be more than competent in
plot, structure and characters. But if your dialogue is dull it will drag the whole story
down. On the other hand, if your dialogue is crisp and full of tension it immediately
grabs the reader. And if that reader is an agent or editor, sharp dialogue will give them
instant assurance that you know what you're doing as a writer.

Writing Dialogue -- If your characters all talk the same, they are going to come across
less than real. This book on writing dialogue can help you strengthen your dialogue
writing skills.

Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Dynamic
Characters and Effective Viewpoints (Write Great Fiction)

Elements of Writing Fiction: Beginnings, Middles & Ends -- A great tool for writers, no
matter where they are in their career.

Elements of Writing Fiction - Description -- Description is most powerful when it's
visible, aural, tactile. Make your descriptions fresh and they'll move your story forward,
imbue your work with atmosphere, create that tang of feeling that editors cry for and
readers crave. Monica Wood helps you squeeze the greatest flavor from the language.
She segments description like an orange, separating its slices to let you sample each

Elements of Writing Fiction: Scene & Structure -- All of the Elements of writing Fiction
books are helpful. This is another offering from that series.

Elements of Writing Fiction: Conflict, Action & Suspense Action and Suspense

Plot & Structure: Techniques And Exercises For Crafting A Plot That Grips Readers
From Start To Finish (Write Great Fiction) The second book in the Write Great Fiction
series, Plot and Structure offers clear and concise information on creating a believable
and engaging plot that readers can't resist. Written by award-winning thriller and
suspense author James Scott Bell.

The Dimwit's Dictionary: More Than 5,000 Overused Words and Phrases and
Alternatives to Them -- This compilation of thousands of overused words and phrases,
and alternatives to them, is the ultimate tool for the writer who seeks to weed out
common, tired, language and replace it with crisp, concise writing. Humorous examples
of bad language make for great browsing, while readers can also look up specific clichés
and find fresh options.

Writing a Romance Novel for Dummies -- Writing A Romance Novel For Dummies is
perfect for both beginning and more accomplished writers who are looking to get the
leading edge on writing a romance novel and get it published. Leslie Wainger, Executive
Editor at Harlequin Books, explains what it takes to become the next Nora Roberts,
providing the techniques you need to: Select a pseudonym; Write a compelling, heartfelt
story; Find the right agent and publisher; Map a compelling plot; Develop your own
voice; Fine-tune your pacing; Write love scenes; Submit a manuscript; Market your
novel; Join clubs and associations, ect...

Writing the Great American Romance Novel -- If you love writing love stories, this
comprehensive guide shows how to break into the romance genre, which accounts for
more than half of all mass-market paperback sales. Bestselling romance author
Catherine Lanigan offers every writing tool you need as well as insight into the writer's
relationship with agents, editors, and publicists.

The Romance Writer's Handbook: How to Write Romantic Fiction & Get it Published --
Would you like some friendly help getting started writing some of America’s most
popular fiction? Author Rebecca Vinyard has put together a collection of folksy wisdom
for aspiring romance writers to help them get published.

The Joy of Writing Sex: A Guide for Fiction Writers -- Even though writing about sex
probably ranks on the joy scale somewhere between reading about it and having it,
Elizabeth Benedict feels that many writers don't do justice to the act. So she has
developed a novel idea: a guide book for fiction writers seeking to create better sex

Passionate Ink: A Guide to Writing Erotic Romance -- The forecast is in: the future of
romance is hot and steamy. But riding the wave to success takes more than stringing
together a couple of sex scenes or opening the bedroom door on your traditional
romance. In her brand-new "how-to", USA Today bestselling author Angela Knight
shares the down and dirty details on writing erotic romances that will keep your readers
coming back for more.

On Writing Romance: How to Craft a Novel That Sells -- In On Writing Romance, award-
winning romance novelist Leigh Michaels talks you through each stage of the writing
and publishing process. From the origins and evolution of the romance novel to
establishing a vital story framework to writing that last line to seeking out appropriate
publishers, everything you ever wanted to know about writing a romance novel is here.  
In addition to a comprehensive breakdown of more than thirty romance subgenres,
including such categories as historical, inspirational, Regency, and sweet traditional,

Writing the Breakout Novel -- From creating a high-stakes premise to building larger-
than-life characters to sustaining a high degree of conflict and tension, Maass covers all
the key ingredients of this type of novel. Using several of his clients, including best-
selling novelist Anne Perry, as case studies, Maass provides real-life, insider examples
to show how this type of novel can generate agent and publisher interest, creating or
enhancing a novelist's career.

Revision And Self-Editing: (Write Great Fiction) -- In Write Great Fiction: Revision &
Self-Editing, James Scott Bell draws on his experience as a novelist and instructor to
provide specific revision tips geared toward the first read-through, as well as targeted
self-editing instruction focusing on the individual elements of a novel like plot,
structure, characters, theme, voice, style, setting, and endings.

Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time -- Scenes are essential
fictional units, and if a single unit falters, then an entire novel or short story can be
weakened. While there is no paint-by-numbers formula for writing powerful scenes,
writers can drastically improve their manuscripts by understanding the primary
components of a given scene and how to manipulate those components to create the
desired amount of drama, emotion, tension, energy, and intrigue. "Make a Scene"
explains the fundamentals of strong scene construction and how other essential fiction-
writing techniques, such as character development, pacing, description, and transitions
must function within the framework of individual scenes in order to provide substance
and structure to the overall story.

Manuscript Makeover: Revision Techniques No Fiction Writer Can Afford to Ignore --
Professional editor and author Elizabeth Lyon offers aspiring novelists the guidance and
instruction they need to write and edit well-crafted and compelling stories that will
stand out from the competition and attract the attention of agents and publishers

Writer's Digest Writing Kit: Everything You Need To Get Creative, Start Writing and
Get Published -- The Writer's Digest Writing Kit" is everything the beginning writer
needs to get started. From sitting down to write to trying to get published, readers will
find the all the tools they need to get started.
Grammar Help
Dictionary of Disagreeable English, Deluxe Edition -- Authored by one of the country's
leading curmudgeons, the deluxe edition of "The Dictionary of Disagreeable English"
provides 50 percent more content than the popular original, as well as a beautiful
hardcover package. This grouchy and engaging compendium: shows readers the right
and wrong way to use language

The Only Grammar Book You'll Ever Need -- A One-Stop Source for Every Writing

The Grouchy Grammarian: A How-Not-To Guide to the 47 Most Common Mistakes in
English Made by Journalists, Broadcasters, and Others Who Should Know Better -- In
this delightfully amusing, clever guide, Thomas Parrish points out real-life grammar
gaffes from top-notch publications such as the New York Times and the New Yorker to
illustrate just how widespread these errors are.

The Grammar Bible: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Grammar but Didn't
Know Whom to Ask -- Unlike other grammar manuals, The Grammar Bible is driven by
the actual questions Professor Strumpf encountered during his years of teaching and
fielding phone calls from anxious writers, conscientious students, and perplexed
editors, including such perennial quandaries as: Where do I put this comma?; What
case should this pronoun be in?; and How do I form the possessive of Dickens?
Professor Strumpf explains these and other language issues with wit and wisdom,
showing how to speak more clearly and write more impressively by avoiding common
errors and following the principles of good grammar.

Grammatically Correct: The Writer's Essential Guide to Punctuation, Spelling, Style,
Usage and Grammar -- In a friendly, accessible format, Writer's Digest's best-selling
grammar guide is now in pocket size! With Grammatically Correct, readers will be able to
solve their grammar dilemmas quickly.

English Grammar for Dummies -- Avoid speech blunders and grammar foul-ups with
this friendly, practical guide! Sick of people correcting your grammar all the time? Relax!
Let expert Geraldine Woods show you the way. From pronouns, participles, and parallel
structure to adjectives, verbs, and tenses, this friendly guide will put the joy back into
"proper" speaking and writing — without bogging you down in a boring list of rules.

The Only Grammar Book You'll Ever Need: A One-Stop Source for Every Writing
Assignment -- The Only Grammar Book You’ll Ever Need is the ideal resource for
everyone who wants to produce writing that is clear, concise, and grammatically
excellent. Whether you’re creating perfect professional documents, spectacular school
papers, or effective personal letters, you’ll find this handbook indispensable. From word
choice to punctuation to organization, English teacher Susan Thurman guides you
through getting your thoughts on paper with polish.  

Write Right!: A Desktop Digest of Punctuation, Grammar, and Style
Writers Digest -- For writers looking to improve their skills and get published. Our
features and columns offer specific advice on writing and selling fiction and nonfiction
books, stories, plays, magazine and newspaper articles, scripts and more. We provide
information that helps writers succeed as they pursue their passion, through hands-on
techniques from top authors, insider tips on working with agents and editors, listings of
hot markets for their work, and news about the writing world. Advice from industry
experts and inspiring stories from successful writers living the dream round out the
package, month after month.  

Writer -- Today's best-selling writers discuss dialogue, plotting, characterization,
suspense, romantic fiction; non-fiction writers cover interviewing, research, finding good
subjects, how and when to query, turning personal experience into salable articles and

Romantic Times Book Reviews -- Includes reviews, but also author interviews,
industry news and more.

Poets & Writers -- Includes interviews with poets and fiction writers as well as essays
written by established authors, with news about the publishing community and
coverage of political issues of interest to writers.

Publishers Weekly -- Really big bucks, but covers trade news, book design and
manufacture, bookselling and merchandising, plus interviews with influential authors
and publishing principles. Includes reviews of over 7,000 new books each year plus
regular columns on rights, people, paperback and hardcover bestsellers and
controversial issues.

Writers Journal -- Writers' Journal is for writers of all levels as a guide to selling and
publishing their work. Contents cover improvement techniques in writing, style, editing,
publishing, and copy writing, as well as research and marketing information. It features
contests for various creative forms of writing.

New York Times Book Review -- Discusses current literary trends in several features
about books and authors: paperback talk, spring and fall review of new books, and
children's and Christmas issues.
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