Books and Articles

Over the years, our members have brought in some recommendations of books or articles that they found helpful with their writing.  Maybe it was helpful with the story they were working on.  Maybe it was a good motivational tool.  Maybe it was just an entertaining writing tip.  We thought we should compile them into a list for easy reference.  They are listed in reverse chronological order of when they were mentioned.

– Dean Wesley Smith on Heinlein’s rules:
– writing tips from Elmore Leonard:
– Some Writing Advice That’s Mostly Useless (And Why):
– Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 tips on how to write a good short story:
– the Lester Dent formula – A guide to writing 30s pulp-style tales:
– Nobody Gets Out Alive: Writing Advice from the Cheap Seats:
– Hilary Mantel’s rules for writers:
– Merriam-Webster’s ‘Ask the Editor’:
The Elements of Style by Strunk and White
642 Things to Write About by the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto
Fiction Writers Workshop by Josip Novakovich
The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing by the editors of Writer’s Digest
What If?: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers by Anne Bernays, Pamela Painter
You’ve Got A Book In You by Elizabeth Sims
Secrets of the Worlds Bestselling Writer: The Storytelling Secrets of Erle Stanley Gardner by Francis L. Fugate, Roberta B. Fugate
–  2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love by Rachel Aaron
Writing The Other by Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward
Wonderbook by Jeff VanderMeer
55 Ways to Promote and Sell Your Book on the Internet by Bob Baker
Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
Writing Your Breakout Novel by Donald Maass
The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published by Eckstut and Sterry
Characters & Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card
On Writing by Stephen King
Breakfast with Sharks: A Screenwriter’s Guide by Michael Lent
Monster: Living Off the Big Screen by John Gregory Dunne
The First Time I Got Paid For It: Writers’ Tales From The Hollywood Trenches by Peter Lefcourt and Laura J. Shapiro