Christmas is almost upon us, so I thought a post on craft and research books would be appropriate–you know, just in case you need to add something to your wishlist or buy that last minute gift for a fellow writer friend.
Self-editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King — This is an amazing book that covers elements of writing from show and tell to dialogue. One warning, sometimes they can be rather absolute, such as their advice to eliminate all adverbs.
Goal Motivation Conflict by Debra Dixon — The title is exactly what this book is about. This is an intensive lesson in properly motivating your characters so that internal and external goals/conflicts move the story forward. I highly recommend it.
Don’t Sabotage Your Submission by Chris Roedren — This great craft book has a lot of useful advice for getting your draft polished and ready for submission.
Scene and Structure by Jack Bickham — The title says it all. This book is about the building blocks of a book–the scenes.
What Every Body is Saying by Joe Navarro — While not exactly a craft book, this is an excellent book on body language and is sure to expand your repertoire of non-verbal communication for characters.
Police Procedure and Investigation: For Writers by Lee Lofland — Okay, this recommendation is a little more specialized than most of the others, and might not be applicable for everyone, but if your books deal with crime or at any point involve law enforcement, I can’t recommend this book enough. (There are two other books in the ‘Howdunit’ series of books for writers, and I recommend those as well.)
And of course, what list of writing books would be complete without: How to Write Magical Words. If you’re here, you know exactly why. ^_^
Have a safe and happy holidays everyone!