Book Recommendations for Writing

We editors have done much research on writing and have come up with this excellent list of craft related books for you. Don’t be intimidated! These books will inspire you to organize, plot, re-plot, dream, and get yourself in that chair to write. So without further ado…

Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

This Year You Write Your Novel by Walter Mosley

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler

Will Write for Shoes by Cathy Yardley

On Writing by Stephen King

Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose by Constance Hale

Still Writing by Dani Shapiro

Goal, Motivation & Conflict by Debra Dixon

Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder

Writing the Other by Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward

Beyond Heaving Bosoms by Sarah Wendell & Candy Tan

STORY by Robert McKee

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, by Alexander Chee

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Dreyer’s English by Benjamin Dreyer

Four Screenplays: Studies in the American Screenplay by Syd Field

Writing a Romance Novel for Dummies by Leslie Wainger

The Forest for the Trees by Betsy Lerner

Happy reading, happy writing from Patience and the SYTYCW Team! And if you have your favorite How to Write books for us to read, please leave those titles in the comments below.