The Books

These are all the craft titles (but not necessarily the editions) I’m using, alphabetized by author’s last name.  I’ll add more titles as they appear in the tool posts.

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.

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

Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi – The Emotion Thesaurus
Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi – The Negative Trait Thesaurus
Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi – The Positive Trait Thesaurus
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
Larry Brooks – Story Engineering
Larry Brooks – Story Physics
Mary Buckham – Writing Active Setting
Mary Buckham and Diana Love – Break Into Fiction
Orson Scott Card – Characters & Viewpoint
David Corbett – The Art of Character
Lisa Cron – Wired for Story
Ansen Dibell – Plot
Peter Dunne – Emotional Structure
Les Edgerton – Finding Your Voice
Les Edgerton – Hooked
Syd Field – Screenplay
Jeff Gerke – Plot Versus Character
William Goldman – Adventures in the Screen Trade
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
Mel Helitzer with mark Shatz – Comedy Writing Secrets
Karl Iglesias – Writing for Emotional Impact
Bill Johnson – A Story is a Promise
Corrine Kenner – Tarot for Writers
Robert Kernan – Building Better Plots
Noah Lukeman – The First Five Pages
Noah Lukeman – The Plot Thickens
Dara Marks – Inside Story
Rebecca McClanahan – Word Painting
Brian McDonald – The Golden Theme
Brian McDonald – Invisible Ink
Robert McKee – Story
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
Paula Munier – Plot Perfect
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
Gary Provost – Make Your Words Work
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
Brad Schreiber – What Are You Laughing At?
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]
Sol Stein – Stein on Writing
Dwight Swain – Creating Characters: How to Build Story People
Dwight Swain – Techniques of the Selling Writing
Ronald B. Tobias – 20 Master Plots
Ronald B. Tobias – Theme and Structure
John Truby – The Anatomy of Story
Christopher Vogler and David McKenna – Memo from the Story Dept.
Christopher Vogler – The Writer’s Journey
Laura Whitcomb – Novel Shortcuts
Eric Witchey – [no craft books, but he does have some magazine articles]
Stanley D. Williams – The Moral Premise
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2 responses to “The Books

  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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