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Books I recommend

I'm often asked for my top recommendations for books on writing, how to write faster, how to plot, how to outline, how to understand story structure and scenes, how to market your books - you get the idea! I put together a compilation of my favorite books on the craft and business of writing. Check back! I'll continue to add to this list as I discover new resources to share with you. Please note: If you use the links below to make a purchase I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support!

Plotting, Outlining, Character Arcs, and Story Structure

Beginners: If you're new to plotting and story structure, I'd recommend starting with K.M. Weiland's books (Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, Character Arcs), Save the Cat, and Writing the Breakout Novel. Intermediate: Once you have a solid foundation you can graduate to GMC: Goal, Motivation, Conflict, The Fire in Fiction, and Take Off Your Pants. Advanced: The Anatomy of Story Structure is an amazing book for those with a desire to truly dive deep into story structure (and a good amount of patience).

Running Your Author Business

Whether you wish to pursue a traditional or indie publishing path, having an understaning of marketing (and of how to treat writing as a business) is important. These books are a great place to start.

How to Write Faster

Writing Romance

For beginners, start with On Writing Romance and Will Write for Shoes. Romancing the Beat is a fantastic (and quick!) read for romance authors who have written a story or two (and have a solid story structure foundation).

Inspiration for Writers