Improve Your Novel with These 12 Top Writing Resources by feil4msol

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Check out my list of favorite novel writing resources – books that will help you develop your novel from beginning idea to unforgettable end.

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Writing Resources and Bookshelf Treasures

There are many great writing resources on the web, but the best resources I’ve found
are the ones on my own bookshelf. The extensive stack of writing books that I have
collected over the years have taught me how to write a novel, how to build characters,
improve scenes, write dialogue – you name it – most everything that I’ve learned about
writing has come from the treasures on my bookshelf.

Of course, there are several writing books on that said shelf that I probably could’ve used as
kindle for my fall campfires, but the majority of these books are like gold to me. I refer to the
books when I’m writing an article about writing as well as when I’m writing my own fiction.
I’ve taken the best of each book, combined some of their ideas, and come up with techniques
that have helped me enormously. Many tips that I offer readers have come from these books.

I want to share these resources with you. Not so surprising is that many of these books are
“Writer’s Digest” books. For many years, I subscribed to Writer’s Digest and loved their
selection of books, gobbling up everything from books for mystery writers like Cause of Death –
a Writer’s Guide to Death, Murder and Forensic Medicine by Keith D. Wilson, M.D. to the many
on the basic elements of fiction writing. I have other favorites as well, and I hope that they will
help you to improve your craft and get that novel written!

Great Novel Writing Resources – Writer’s Digest Books

The books listed here are great books to help you understand the novel writing process
and develop the best techniques in all the major elements of fiction: Plot, Character,
Dialogue, Setting, Description, and beyond.

1. Practical Tips for Writing Popular Fiction by Robyn Carr

Very useful tips that chart the process of writing the popular genre novel – mystery,
science fiction, romance, fantasy, a techno-thriller, etc.

2. The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing by Evan Marshall (Literary Agent and Author)

A 16-step program guaranteed to take you from idea to completed manuscript.

3. 20 Master Plots (and How to Build Them) by Ronald B. Tobias
How to develop a plot that integrates all elements of a story. Discusses and analyzes 20
different plots.

4. Plot by Ansen Dibell

How to build short stories and novels that don’t sag, fizzle, or trail off in scraps of frustrated
revision – and how to rescue stories that do.

5. Description by Monica Wood

How to engage readers and keep stories moving by creating vivid, believable depictions of
people, places, events and actions.

You can finish reading this article on our website about writing resources.

								
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