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Books That Have Helped Me Write More Effectively

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The list author says: "All of these books have had an impact on my writing skills and my understanding of topics such as characterisation, story structure and how to write a page turning novel. In addition many of them contain invaluable information about the publishing world."
Becoming a Writer
Becoming a Writer
"Very discerning about the personal challenges of life as a creative writer."
Richard Joseph's Bestsellers: Top Writers Tell How
Richard Joseph's Bestsellers: Top Writers Tell How
"Very enjoyable and inspiring, with a powerful message: just do it; it isn't too late;the time to do it is now; make the time to do it; and be persistent."
Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews, Second Series
Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews, Second Series
"Fascinating insights into the thoughts of contemporary writers - reading these serves to encourage as you find yourself empathising with the interviewees."
Writing the Blockbuster Novel
Writing the Blockbuster Novel
"I love this book - I thoroughly enjoyed analysing the great novels Zukerman uses as examples, and reading about the process each author underwent as they redrafted the novels for which they have become so famous."
Way To Write Novels (The way to write)
Way To Write Novels (The way to write)
"A very worthwhile, practical and useful little guide."
Writing Fiction For Dummies
Writing Fiction For Dummies
"Superb - a lot of excellent guidance about designing, structuring, drafting and revising a novel, engagingly told and very well set out."
The Craft of Novel Writing (Allison & Busby Writers' Guides)
The Craft of Novel Writing (Allison & Busby Writers' Guides)
"Yet another very helpful practical guide"
From Pitch to Publication: Everything You Need to Know to Get Your Novel Published
From Pitch to Publication: Everything You Need to Know to Get Your Novel Published
"A brilliant book giving all sorts of insider details of the publishing world."
An Author's Guide to Publishing
An Author's Guide to Publishing
"One of my favourites; informative, lively and encouraging."
How to Write a Million
How to Write a Million
"Great advice and guidance on plot, characters and viewpoint, and dialogue."
501 Writer's Questions Answered: Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Getting Published
501 Writer's Questions Answered: Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Getting Published
"Well set out compendium of details on the craft of fiction writing as well as the practicalities of the publishing scene."
Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2011
Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2011
"Always to be recommended - invaluable lists to refer to, plus excellent articles on all aspects of writing and publishing."
The Writer's Handbook 2010 (UK based)
The Writer's Handbook 2010 (UK based)
"An alternative to The Writers and Artists Yearbook which is also first-class as a reference guide and a source of excellent articles."
How to Sell and Market Your Book: A Step-by-Step Guide
How to Sell and Market Your Book: A Step-by-Step Guide
"I found this book very helpful, and there are many ideas here, some obvious, others quite intriguing, especially ideas on guerilla marketing!"
On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft
On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft
"I cannot praise this book highly enough - it must be read by every writer. It is a  moving, revealing and inspiring account of life as a writer which had a profound effect on me."
Roget's International Thesaurus, Indexed, Sixth Edition Revised & Updated
Roget's International Thesaurus, Indexed, Sixth Edition Revised & Updated
"How I love this book! When I look up a word for a synonym, I then find myself contemplating the huge number of other words which convey a similar thing but with a slightly different shade and nuance of meaning. It fills me with awe at the richness of the English language."
Mystical Circles
Mystical Circles
"High emotional stakes, far-fetched plot premise, suspense, page-turning narrative... nothing can compare to the joy of writing - and reading - gripping fiction."