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Writing Books that are Actually Worth Your Time

C.A. LaRue
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Shut Up! He Explained: A Writer's Guide to the Uses and Misuses of Dialogue
Shut Up! He Explained: A Writer's Guide to the Uses and Misuses of Dialogue
"The best book out there on dialogue"
Description (Elements of Fiction Writing)
Description (Elements of Fiction Writing)
"One of the most helpful books on writing that I have read."
Guide to Writing Fiction
Guide to Writing Fiction
"Love her notebooking method"
Techniques of the Selling Writer
Techniques of the Selling Writer
"So many good things in this one. Buy this one if you can only afford one."
Revising Fiction: a Handbook for Writers
Revising Fiction: a Handbook for Writers
"The go-to book when something just isn't working in your writing and you can't quite figure out why"
Deepening Fiction: A Practical Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Writers
Deepening Fiction: A Practical Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Writers
"Definitely not cheap, but well worth the $ but not for beginners. There is a trade version that is cheaper but is lacking the anthology and analysis"
The Longman Guide to Intermediate and Advanced Fiction Writing (Writer's Reference)
The Longman Guide to Intermediate and Advanced Fiction Writing (Writer's Reference)
"The pared down version of Deepening Fiction. POV sections are excellent."
Story Logic and the Craft of Fiction
Story Logic and the Craft of Fiction
"Not for beginners"
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print
"Another good resource for revising"
Room to Write
Room to Write
"Very good little book when you are lacking a muse"
Beyond Style: Mastering the Finer Points of Writing
Beyond Style: Mastering the Finer Points of Writing
"Out of print, but well worth looking for"
Dynamic Characters
Dynamic Characters
"Helpful look into characterization with a good section on plot"
Creating Characters Kids Will Love
Creating Characters Kids Will Love
"This is by a YA author, but so good that the rest of us have got to have it."
3 AM Epiphany
3 AM Epiphany
"Great find"
4 A.M. Breakthrough: Unconventional Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fiction
4 A.M. Breakthrough: Unconventional Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fiction
"Sequel to 3 a.m."
Write Tight: How to Keep Your Prose Sharp, Focused and Concise
Write Tight: How to Keep Your Prose Sharp, Focused and Concise
"Esp. relevant for writers of flash fiction, but helpful to writing in any context"
Story Engineering
Story Engineering
The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide: How to Make Revisions, Self-Edit, and Give and Receive Feedback
The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide: How to Make Revisions, Self-Edit, and Give and Receive Feedback
"For when you join a group"
The Scene Book: A Primer for the Fiction Writer
The Scene Book: A Primer for the Fiction Writer
"Slim but packed full of useful information"
How to Write a Damn Good Novel: A Step-by-Step No Nonsense Guide to Dramatic Storytelling
How to Write a Damn Good Novel: A Step-by-Step No Nonsense Guide to Dramatic Storytelling
""The" textbook on novel writing"
How to Write a Damn Good Novel, II: Advanced Techniques For Dramatic Storytelling
How to Write a Damn Good Novel, II: Advanced Techniques For Dramatic Storytelling
Writing the Breakout Novel
Writing the Breakout Novel
"Bring it to the next level"
The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing
The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing
"Best section on how to handle subplots"
Plot & Structure: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot That Grips Readers from Start to Finish
Plot & Structure: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot That Grips Readers from Start to Finish
"The Basics"
The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide To Character Expression
The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide To Character Expression
"Helpful reference"
English Composition and Grammar : Complete Course
English Composition and Grammar : Complete Course
"the only grammar book you'll ever need"
20 Master Plots: And How to Build Them
20 Master Plots: And How to Build Them
45 Master Characters, Revised Edition: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters
45 Master Characters, Revised Edition: Mythic Models for Creating Original Characters
The Art of Styling Sentences
The Art of Styling Sentences
Movies in the Mind, How to Build a Short Story
Movies in the Mind, How to Build a Short Story
Rock Your Plot: A Simple System for Plotting Your Novel (Rock Your Writing Book 1)
Rock Your Plot: A Simple System for Plotting Your Novel (Rock Your Writing Book 1)
"One of the best plotting books PERIOD"
The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master
The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master
"Another fav for plotting"
Story Trumps Structure: How to Write Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules
Story Trumps Structure: How to Write Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules
Wired for Story: The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence
Wired for Story: The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence