Books: The Master List

These are all the craft titles (but not necessarily the editions) I’m using, alphabetized by author’s last name.

If you’d like to know which tools each craft master discusses in his or her books, search for their full name in the search bar to the right.  I add titles as they appear in the tool posts.

Last, if you know of a really awesome book not listed here, please let me know!


A-C

Peter E. Abresch – Easy Reading Writing
Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi – The Emotion Thesaurus
Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi – The Negative Trait Thesaurus
Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi – The Positive Trait Thesaurus
Pilar Alessandra – The Coffee Break Screenwriter
Jodie Archer & Matthew L. Jockers – The Bestseller Code
Rachel Ballon – Breathing Life Into Your Characters
James Scott Bell – Plot & Structure
James Scott Bell – Conflict and Suspense
James Bonnet – Stealing Fire From the Gods
Christopher Booker – The Seven Basic Plots
Larry Brooks – Story Engineering
Larry Brooks – Story Fix
Larry Brooks – Story Physics
Mary Buckham – Writing Active Setting
Mary Buckham and Diana Love – Break Into Fiction
Orson Scott Card – Characters & Viewpoint
Deborah Chester – The Fantasy Fiction Formula
Brandilyn Collins – Getting Into Character
David Corbett – The Art of Character
Lisa Cron – Wired for Story
Lisa Cron – Story Genius


D-G

H. R. D’Costa – Inciting Incident
H. R. D’Costa – Midpoint Magic
H. R. D’Costa – Sizzling Story Outlines
H. R. D’Costa – Solid Story Compass
H. R. D’Costa – Sparkling First Drafts
H. R. D’Costa – Story Climax
H. R. D’Costa – Story Stakes
H. R. D’Costa – Trough of Hell
Ansen Dibell – Plot
Les Edgerton – Finding Your Voice
Les Edgerton – Hooked
Eric Edson – The Story Solution
Lajos Egri – The Art of Creative Writing
Alex Epstein – Crafty Screenwriting
Syd Field – Screenplay
E.M. Forster – Aspects of the Novel
James N. Frey – How to Write a Damn Good Novel


H-L

James W. Hall – Hit Lit
Michael Hauge – Writing Screenplays That Sell
Michael Hauge – Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds
Michael Hauge and Christopher Vogler – The Hero’s 2 Journeys DVD
Mel Helitzer with Mark Shatz – Comedy Writing Secrets
David Howard, Edward Mabley – The Tools of Screenwriting
Kim Hudson – The Virgin’s Promise
Steven James – Story Trumps Structure
Steven James – Troubleshooting Your Novel
Bill Johnson – A Story is a Promise
Corrine Kenner – Tarot for Writers
Robert Kernan – Building Better Plots
Stephen King – On Writing
Nancy Kress – Dynamic Characters
Noah Lukeman – The First Five Pages
Noah Lukeman – The Plot Thickens


M-P

Donald Maass – The Breakout Novelist
Edward Mabley – Dramatic Construction
Dara Marks – Inside Story
William Martin – Joyce and the Science of Rhythm
Rebecca McClanahan – Word Painting
Brian McDonald – The Golden Theme
Brian McDonald – Invisible Ink
Robert McKee – Story
Robert Mckee – Dialogue
Robert McKee – Storynomics
Billy Mernit – Writing the Romantic Comedy
Jessica Page Morrell – Between the Lines
Jessica Page Morrell – Bullies, Bastards & Bitches
Jessica Page Morrell – Thanks, But This Isn’t For Us
Jessica Page Morrell – The Writer’s I Ching
Karen Pearlman – Cutting Rhythms
Matt Morrison – Key Concepts in Creative Writing
Paula Munier – Plot Perfect
Paula Munier – The Writer’s Guide to Beginnings
Paula Munier – Writing with Quiet Hands
The New York Writer’s Workshop – The Portable MFA in Creative Writing
William Noble – Conflict, Action & Suspense
Raymond Obstfeld – Novelist’s Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes
Karen Pearlman – Cutting Rhythms
Gabriela Pereira – DIY MFA
Gary Provost – Make Your Words Work
Gary Provost – Make Every Word Count


Q-T

Chris Roerden – Don’t Murder Your Mystery
Peter Rubie and Gary Provost – How to Tell a Story
Peter Rubie – The Elements of Storytelling
Victoria Lynn Schmidt – 45 Master Characters
Sandra Scofield – The Scene Book
Jule Selbo – Film Genre for the Screenwriter
Jule Selbo – Screenplay
Brad Schreiber – What Are You Laughing At?
Adam Skelter – The Lost Art of Story
Blake Snyder –
Save the Cat!
Blake Snyder – Save the Cat! Strikes Back
Blake Snyder – Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies
Tom Spanbauer – [no craft books]
Herbert Spencer – First Principles
F.K. Stanzel – A Theory of Narrative
Sol Stein – 
Stein on Writing
Dwight Swain – Creating Characters: How to Build Story People
Dwight Swain – Master Writing Teacher CDs
Dwight Swain – Techniques of the Selling Writer
James Thomas – Script Analysis
Kristin Thompson – Storytelling in the New Hollywood
Ronald B. Tobias – 20 Master Plots
Ronald B. Tobias – Theme and Strategy
John Truby – The Anatomy of Story


U-Z

Christopher Vogler and Michael Hauge – The Hero’s 2 Journeys CDs
Christopher Vogler and David McKenna – Memo from the Story Dept.
Christopher Vogler – The Writer’s Journey
Chuck Wendig – Damn Fine Story
Laura Whitcomb – Novel Shortcuts
Karen S. Wiesner – Bring Your Fiction to Life
Eric Witchey – [no craft books, but he does have some magazine articles]
Stanley D. Williams – The Moral Premise

Albert Zuckerman – Writing the Blockbuster Novel

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2 responses to “Books: The Master List

  1. This is great list! My top two favorite books for writers are: Dwight Swain’s “Techniques of the Selling Writer” and Larry Brooks’s “Story Engineering”!

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