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Favorite Writing Craft and Reference Books

Resources for Writers

Here are some of the various writing craft and reference books I’ve used and/or discussed on my blog:

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression

Writers are always given the advice "show, don't tell." But HOW should we show emotions? This book has the answer. More info →
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The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Attributes

The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Attributes

How can writers choose the right blend of strengths for their characters--attributes that make them admirable and worth rooting for--without making it too easy for them to succeed? More info →
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The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Flaws

The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Flaws

Finding the perfect mix of strengths and weaknesses for our characters can be difficult. So how can writers figure out which flaws best fit their characters? More info →
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Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition

How to Edit Yourself Into Print -- Two editors step through the process of editing your own work More info →
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Internal Dialogue (Busy Writer’s Guides Book 7)

Internal Dialogue (Busy Writer’s Guides Book 7)

Internal dialogue can make or break character-focused stories. Learn exactly how to use it and avoid problems in your writing. More info →
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The Power Of Point Of View: Make Your Story Come To Life

The Power Of Point Of View: Make Your Story Come To Life

Learn about the different styles of point of view, from omniscient third person to close first person--and everything in between. Struggle to understand the differences between distant and close third? This book will make you an expert. More info →
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Story Engineering

Story Engineering

Master the 6 Core Competencies of Successful Writing -- and learn about story structure too More info →
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Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need

Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need

Although this book is geared toward screenwriters, it's also been very popular for novelists, who can take away many lessons about story structure. More info →
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Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One & Never Lets Them Go

Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One & Never Lets Them Go

If a story has a bad beginning, no one will keep reading. It's just that simple. Overcome weak openings with the ten core components inherent to any great beginning. More info →
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