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 Positive Trait Thesaurus
Rachel Ballon – Breathing Life Into Your Characters
James W. Hall – Hit Lit
Michael Hauge – Writing Screenplays That Sell
Michael Hauge and Christopher Vogler – The Hero’s 2 Journeys
Mel Helitzer with mark Shatz – Comedy Writing Secrets
Karl Iglesias – Writing for Emotional Impact
Donald Maass – Writing 21st Century Fiction
Donald Maass – Writing the Breakout Novel
Donald Maass – Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook
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