Books on Writing

When I spoke during Career Day at my kids’ school, I told the classes that one of my favorite things about being a writer is that I’m always learning something new. Whether I’m planning an interview for an article or researching a tidbit for my novel, there’s always something new to learn. And I love that (yes, you can call me a geek — I admit it myself)! Once I started delving into the world of fiction writing, though, my learning curve jumped off the charts. If you want to write fiction, you have tons of great resources at your disposal. Here are some of my favorites:

For Fiction Writing:

Self-editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King

How to Write and Sell a Christian Novel by Gilbert Morris

Writing the Christian Romance by Gail Gaymer Martin

Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint by Nancy Kress

Beginnings, Middles & Ends by Nancy Kress

Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell

The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman

Word Painting by Rebecca McClanahan

The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them) by Jack Bickham

Writing the Breakout Novel (book and/or workbook) by Donald Maass

For Pitching and Marketing:

How to Write Irresistible Query Letters by Lisa Collier Cool

How to Write a Book Proposal by Michael Larsen

Thinking Like Your Editor by Susan Rabiner and Alfred Fortunato

Making the Perfect Pitch by Katharine Sands

Publicize Your Book by Jacqueline Deval by Carmen Leal

You Can Market Your Book by Carmen Leal

Speak Up With Confidence by Carol Kent

Happy writing — and happy learning! 🙂