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Creative Writing Library

This "writing library" contains books I have in my own library. I've included the various books on writing craft that I've found most useful as a writer. I own many, many more, but these are the ones I found most helpful and most often recommend.

These days I own a lot of digital books and audible books, as well, as they can go anywhere with me, and I can listen to audio books while I'm driving or flying.

In this electronic era, no writing library would be complete without a number of the online classics, and you can read or download free almost every classic ever written HERE.

It's an exciting time to be a writer. I can remember when I lugged heavy reference books with me when I traveled, and when every fact I wrote meant a trip or call to the library. There is still nothing like going to the library, but bookmarks in your favorite browser save hours of research time.

I use the online tools so often that I tend to think everyone is aware of them, but I've learned that some sites aren't as well known as one would think, so I've also created a writing resources page, where you will find numerous helpful resources.

Books on Writing Craft

To start, the books below are those I found most useful as I learned the craft of writing, and the ones I most often recommend. My top recommendation is Sol Stein's book Stein on Writing, and you can get that as a free audiobook HERE.

  1. Stein On Writing: A Master Editor of Some of the Most Successful Writers of Our Century Shares by Sol Stein
  2. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print by Renni Browne and Dave King
  3. Weekend Novelist, the: Learn to Write a Novel in 52 Weeks by Robert J. Ray & Brett Norris
  4. Reading Like A Writer by Francine Prose
  5. Elements of Writing Fiction - Scene & Structure by Jack M. Bickham
  6. Story by Robert McKee
  7. The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing by Evan Marshall
  8. The Power Of Point Of View: Make Your Story Come To Life by Alicia Rasley.
  9. Make A Scene Crafting A Powerful Story One Scene At A Time by Jordan E. Rosenfeld
  10. Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley.
  11. The Writer's Digest Writing Clinic: Expert Help for Improving Your Work
  12. Novelists Essential Guide to Creating Plot
  13. Novelists Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes

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