On My Shelf: Books On Writing Fiction

A Listmania! list by Andy Rector (Louisville, KY)
 
The Nighttime Novelist: Finish Your Novel in Your Spare Time
1.  The Nighttime Novelist: Finish Your Novel in Your Spare Time by Joseph Bates
The list author says:
  "Beautifully designed book with helpful tips on writing a novel in your spare time"
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How Not to Write a Novel: 200 Classic Mistakes and How to Avoid Them--A Misstep-by-Misstep Guide
2.  How Not to Write a Novel: 200 Classic Mistakes and How to Avoid Them--A Misstep-by-Misstep Guide by Howard Mittelmark
The list author says:
  "Examples--funny and informative--of what to avoid when creating your own world."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

The Art of Compelling Fiction
3.  The Art of Compelling Fiction by Christopher T. Leland
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  "This book defines the elements of a "page-turner.""
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Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them
4.  Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them by Francine Prose
The list author says:
  "The author uses helpful examples found in literature on improving writing style using words, sentences, paragraphs and more."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile
5.  The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide To Staying Out of the Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman
The list author says:
  "Advice written from a literary agent's point-of-view. I learned some new concepts about dialogue in Part II."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

On Writing
6.  On Writing by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "Part memoir, part writing instruction. The middle section contains a 'tool box' of fiction writing advice. The first section deals with King's upbringing and how he became a best-selling author. The final section deals with his recovery from being hit by a vehicle and how it affected his writing."
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The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers
7.  The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers by John Gardner
The list author says:
  "The late Gardner can be somewhat opinionated in his advice, but he knows what he likes when it comes to well-crafted writing. Not as easy to read as other fiction writing books, but the reader will definitely benefit."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

How to Write a Damn Good Novel: A Step-by-Step No Nonsense Guide to Dramatic Storytelling
8.  How to Write a Damn Good Novel: A Step-by-Step No Nonsense Guide to Dramatic Storytelling by James N. Frey
The list author says:
  "Excellent advice on writing a novel. I especially learned from his chapters on developing a 'theme' in a novel."
$16.17   Used & New from: $2.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

So You Want to Write a Novel
9.  So You Want to Write a Novel by Lou Willett Stanek
The list author says:
  "Stripped down advice on writing a novel. Good chapter on collecting details through journal keeping."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life
10.  Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life by Terry Brooks
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  "Interesting insight on how the publishing industry works, especially when writing for the motion picture industry."
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You Can Write a Novel
11.  You Can Write a Novel by James V. Smith
The list author says:
  "This book is good advice for those who like to be structured and organized in life. If you would rather first put much planning into your novel before the actually writing begins, then this book is for you. If you are more free-spirited, you might find this book confining."
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The Art & Craft of Novel Writing
12.  The Art & Craft of Novel Writing by Oakley M. Hall
The list author says:
  "What works and why it works . . . what doesn't work and why it doesn't. Illustrated throughout with examples from well-known masters — from Chekhov to Hemingway to Hailey. (text from the front cover)"
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The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing
13.  The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing by Sherri Szeman
The list author says:
  "From the pages of Writer's Digest magazine. Helpful advice from well-known authors. I especially enjoyed Connie Willis' article on writing with humor."
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Elements of Fiction Writing - Beginnings, Middles & Ends
14.  Elements of Fiction Writing - Beginnings, Middles & Ends by Nancy Kress
The list author says:
  "This book sat on my shelf for years before I read it, and I regret I didn't read it sooner. One of the best books on how fiction should be structured in novels and short stories."
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Elements of Fiction Writing - Characters & Viewpoint
15.  Elements of Fiction Writing - Characters & Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card
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  "After reading this book, I realized how important character development is. Card has some great advice."
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Writing the Breakout Novel
16.  Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass
The list author says:
  "Written from an agent's point of view, this book gave me some good advice on writing the "breakout" novel."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)

Elements of Fiction Writing - Plot
17.  Elements of Fiction Writing - Plot by Ansen Dibell
The list author says:
  "The flip side of character is plot. Good advice on how to use plot in fiction writing."
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The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes
18.  The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes by Jack M. Bickham
The list author says:
  "A great refresher on the basics of writing fiction."
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Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, 7th Edition
19.  Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, 7th Edition by Janet Burroway
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  "A highly respected textbook on writing fiction for the student. Helpful for anyone."
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Immediate Fiction: A Complete Writing Course
20.  Immediate Fiction: A Complete Writing Course by Jerry Cleaver
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  "With insightful tips and advice, Jerry cleaver helps writers manage doubts, fears, blocks, and panic, all while helping to develop their writing in minutes a day. (back cover text)"
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Novelist's Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes
21.  Novelist's Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes by Raymond Obstfeld
The list author says:
  "Helps the writer understand what a scene in fiction really is, and how to develop a one that is well-written."
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Novelists Essential Guide to Creating Plot (Novelists Essentials)
22.  Novelists Essential Guide to Creating Plot (Novelists Essentials) by J. Madison Davis
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  "This book offers sound advice on how to use plot correctly in fiction. It is more than just a series of chronological event."
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Shut Up! He Explained: A Writer's Guide to the Uses and Misuses of Dialogue
23.  Shut Up! He Explained: A Writer's Guide to the Uses and Misuses of Dialogue by William Noble
The list author says:
  "Helpful advice on using dialogue in fiction writing."
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Revising fiction: A handbook for writers
24.  Revising fiction: A handbook for writers by David Madden
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  "Tons of good advice broken down topically in short chapters."
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How to Write and Sell Your First Novel
25.  How to Write and Sell Your First Novel by Oscar Collier
The list author says:
  "Focuses on getting your first novel published and has a section on how seventeen well-known authors got their first novel published."
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The Marshall Plan for Getting Your Novel Published: 90 Strategies and Techniques for Selling Your Fiction
26.  The Marshall Plan for Getting Your Novel Published: 90 Strategies and Techniques for Selling Your Fiction by Evan Marshall
The list author says:
  "Three major sections: the first contains 52 tips on writing, the second talks about submitting a manuscript and the final section deals with working with editors and publishing companies."
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Creating Characters: How to Build Story People
27.  Creating Characters: How to Build Story People by Dwight V. Swain
The list author says:
  "Deals with all aspects of character development from dialogue to offbeat characters."
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What If?: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers (2nd Edition)
28.  What If?: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers (2nd Edition) by Anne Bernays
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  "Great writing exercises for stimulating writing style and inspiring fiction writers."
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Get That Novel Started! (And Keep It Going 'til You Finish)
29.  Get That Novel Started! (And Keep It Going 'til You Finish) by Donna Levin
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  "Advice on finding ideas for writing fiction and beating procrastination."
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing a Novel
30.  The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing a Novel by Thomas F. Monteleone
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  "I always enjoy 'the complete idiot's guide' series. This installment on writing novels really breaks the down basics of novel writing."
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One way to write your novel
31.  One way to write your novel by Dick Perry
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  "This is for the more free-spirited writer who wants to plan minimally and begin writing immediately. The idea is to discover the story as you write it."
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The Everything Guide To Writing A Novel: From completing the first draft to landing a book contract--all you need to fulfill your dreams
32.  The Everything Guide To Writing A Novel: From completing the first draft to landing a book contract--all you need to fulfill your dreams by Joyce Lavene
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  "Good for the beginning writer of novels."
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The Weekend Novelist
33.  The Weekend Novelist by Robert J. Ray
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  "Advice from an author who wrote six novels in six years on the weekends."
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Making Shapely Fiction
34.  Making Shapely Fiction by Jerome Stern
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  "Discusses the many different structures a story or novel can take."
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Show, Don't Tell: A Writer's Guide
35.  Show, Don't Tell: A Writer's Guide by William Noble
The list author says:
  "Explains the concept of 'Show Don't Tell' in writing fiction."
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Finding Your Writer's Voice: A Guide to Creative Fiction
36.  Finding Your Writer's Voice: A Guide to Creative Fiction by Thaisa Frank
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  "This book helps the writer find his or her own 'voice.'"
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Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew
37.  Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew by Ursula K. Le Guin
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  "Good sections on sentence length and rhythm in writing."
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Fiction Writer’s Workshop
38.  Fiction Writer’s Workshop by Josip Novakovich
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  "Enjoyed the chapters on finding ideas and revision."
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Fiction: The Art and Craft of Writing and Getting Published
39.  Fiction: The Art and Craft of Writing and Getting Published by Michael Seidman
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  "This book has some rarely found advice on networking as a writer and dealing with the publishing industry."
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How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
40.  How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines by Thomas C. Foster
The list author says:
  "Helpful insight on using symbols in your fiction writing."
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