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Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character ExpressionsAckerman & Puglisi2012
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Spellbinding SentencesBaig, Barbara2015
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Art of War for WritersBell, James Scott2009
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Conflict and SuspenseBell, James Scott2012
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Plot and StructureBell, James Scott2004
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Write Your Novel From The MiddleBell, James Scott2014essentially self pubbed
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Writing Novels that SellBickham, Jack1989
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Scene and StructureBickham, Jack1999
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Telling Lies for Fun and ProfitBlock, Lawrence1994
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Writing the Novel from Plot to Print to PixelBlock, Lawrence2016
updated and expanded version of Writing the Novel
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Zen in the Art of WritingBradbuy, Ray21994
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Becoming a WriterBrande, Dorothea1981orig pub 1934
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Story EngineeringBrooks, Larry2011
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Self-Editing for Fiction Writers (second edition)Browne, Rennie32004"one of the essentials"--blog reader DK
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Characters & ViewpointCard, Orson Scott2011
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How To Write & Sell Your First NovelCollier, Oscar1997
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The Art of CharacterCorbitt, David2013
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Story GridCoyne, Shawn2015essentially self pubbed (he's part owner)
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GMC: Goal, Motivation, ConflictDixon, Debra2013(Amazon says it was pubbed in 1900!)
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HookedEdgerton, Les2007
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Finding Your Voice: How To Put Personality In Your WritingEdgerton, Les2003
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Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young WritersGardner, John1991
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Big MagicGilbert, Elizabeth2015
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You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One)Goins, Jeff2014
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Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, 2nd EditionGoldberg, Natalie1986/2010
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Long Quiet HighwayGoldberg, Natalie2004
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Which Lie Did I Tell: more adventures in the screen tradeGoldman, William2001
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Adventures in the Screen TradeGoldman, William1989
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Deluxe Transitive VampireGordon, Karen Elizabeth1994
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How Fiction WorksHall, Oakley2003
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Art of the MemoirKarr, Mary2015
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Good ProseKidder, Tracy and Todd, Richard2013
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On WritingKing, Stephen32001
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Several Short Sentences about WritingKlinkenborg, Verlyn2013
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Creating Short Fiction (revised edition)Knight, Damon1997
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Beginnings, Middles, and EndsKress, Nancy2011
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Shoot Your Novel: Cinematic Techniques to Supercharge Your Writing
Lakin, C.S.2014self-pubbed
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Bird by BirdLamott, Anne31995
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Elmore Leonard's Ten Rules of WritingLeonard, Elmore2007"it's been my best reference book along with The Elements of Style" --Kitty Myers
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Write Better, FasterLeonelle, Monica2015essentially self pubbed
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8-Minute Writing HabitLeonelle, Monica2015essentially self pubbed
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Forest for the Trees (revised edition)Lerner, Betsy2010
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First Five Pages, TheLukeman, Noah2000
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Fire in Fiction, TheMaass, Donald2009
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Writing 21st Century FictionMaass, Donald22012
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Writing the Breakout NovelMaass, Donald2002
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Novel Writer's ToolkitMayer, Bob2013essentially self pubbed
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Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting
McKee, Robert2997
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Editor Proof Your WritingMcNair, Don2013
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Structuring Your Novel From Basic Idea To Finished ManuscriptMeredith, Robert and Fitzgerald, John1993
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Year You Write Your Novel, TheMosley, Walter2009
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A Writer Teaches Writing (revised)Murray, Donald M.2003
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Some Writers Deserve To StarveNiles, Elaura2005
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Writer's Guide and Index to EnglishPerrin, Porter G.1972
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Turning ProPressfield, Steven2012
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War of Art
Pressfield, Steven and Coyne, Shawn
32002"another good book that encourages creatives to keep working through self-doubt. It's not so much a writing craft book, but it can be helpful to writers who have hit their own roadblocks."--blog reader Susan
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Make Every Word CountProvost, Gary1980
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Beyond Style: Mastering The Finer Points Of WritingProvost, Gary2008/2015"my favorite" --Julie M. Weathers
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Thinking Like Your EditorRabiner, Susan2003
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Art of Fiction, TheRand, Ayn
2000 (drawn from 1958 writing lectures)
"So much help in that book that doesn't exist anywhere else." --blog reader R.A. Mare
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Paper Hearts: Some Writing AdviceRevis, Beth2015self-pubbed
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Make A SceneRosenfeld, Jordan2007
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Scene Book: A Primer for Fiction WritersScofield, Sandra2007
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You Can Write A NovelSmith, James V.2008
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Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever NeedSnyder, Blake20053
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Save the Cat Goes To the MoviesSnyder, Blake2007
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Save the Cat Strikes BackSnyder, Blake2009essentially self pubbed
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Screenwriting Tricks for AuthorsSokoloff, Alexandra2015self pubbed. "And for those of you short on funds (aren't we all?), I also highly recommend her website/blog www.screenwritingtricks.com where there is SO MUCH information. Honest to god, Alex is one of the most generous people I know when it comes to sharing her knowledge with other writers, and her ability to describe stuff so it makes sense is just amazing."--blog reader KD James
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Stein on WritingStein, Sol2000
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Elements of Style, 4th edStrunk and White1999
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Techniques of the Selling WriterSwain, Dwight1981"It breaks down the process of creating story into easy-to-understand nuts and bolts, starting with the Motivation/Reaction unit, and demonstrates how to apply them to sentences, paragraphs, story arc, character development, and, ultimately successful sales. I recommend it to all of my authors, especially newbies."--Carolyn Haley
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Eats, Shoots and LeavesTruss, Lynne2006
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Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure For Writers (third edition)Vogler, Christopher22007
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Kick Ass Writer, TheWendig, Chuck22013
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Castle of DaysWolfe, Gene1995orig pub 1992
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Writing For Children & TeenagersWyndham, Lee (revised by Arnold Madison)1989
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Rock Your PlotYeardley, Cathy2014self-pubbed
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Writing the Blockbuster NovelZuckerman, Al2002
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8-Minute Writing HabitLeonelle, Monica2015essentially self pubbed
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A Writer Teaches Writing (revised)Murray, Donald M.2003
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Adventures in the Screen TradeGoldman, William1989
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Art of Character, TheCorbitt, David2013
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Art of Fiction, TheRand, Ayn
2000 (drawn from 1958 writing lectures)
"So much help in that book that doesn't exist anywhere else." --blog reader R.A. Mare
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Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young WritersGardner, John1991
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Art of the MemoirKarr, Mary2015
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Art of War for WritersBell, James Scott2009
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Becoming a WriterBrande, Dorothea1981orig pub 1934
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Beginnings, Middles, and EndsKress, Nancy2011
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Beyond Style: Mastering The Finer Points Of WritingProvost, Gary2008/2015"my favorite" --Julie M. Weathers
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Big MagicGilbert, Elizabeth2015
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Bird by BirdLamott, Anne31995
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Castle of DaysWolfe, Gene1995orig pub 1992
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Characters & ViewpointCard, Orson Scott2011
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Conflict and SuspenseBell, James Scott2012
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Creating Short Fiction (revised edition)Knight, Damon1997
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