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Write Your Novel from the Middle

James Scott Bell

Love, love this book. Short and concise. No matter where you are in the book writing process, the beginning or further along during an edit, this book can assist you in writing your novel. Don’t write three books to figure out where you’ve gone wrong and beat your head against the wall. This book make’s things easier and lets you create something masterful. Pantster, plotter, mystery, romance or other genre writer, this book can make it all work. My favorite part of the book is the mirror moment—read it. Game changer!

Writing Tools, 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer

Roy Peter Clark

This is an essential book that gives you basic tools to apply to your writing, regardless of whether you are writing fiction or non-fiction. He does it in a calm, non-judgmental way. He’s not a pompous fellow, a giving one. If you purchase one book to put on your bookshelf, to go along with The Elements of Style, this would be the one.

Making a Literary Life, Advice for Writers and Other Dreamers

Carolyn See

This could be more of a self-help book than a book to better your writing. If you have a literary life already, then maybe skip this one, but you’ll miss an entertaining read and some laughs. The most intriguing aspect of the book is how to make rejection part of the learning process rather than a devastating event. ‘Isn’t that interesting,’ is See’s suggested response to criticism or unwanted comments from friends or foes. Her honesty and ability to tell it like it is—inspiring.


Here are a handful of books that I particularly like, that have influenced me, and that I recommend. If you are looking for guidance as a writer, these books can provide it.

Here are some others that I recommend -- some are about writing, some are fiction -- and of course, some are specifically Romance. I think that all of them are worth your time.

The Poetry Home Repair Manual, Practical Advice for Beginning Poets

Ted Kooser


Writing poetry is easy. Writing good poetry is hard. This book, the only thing that’s ever helped me in the slightest. Maybe it will help you.

On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft

Stephen King


There’s a reason all writers have this book on their favorites list. It’s a memoir about King’s life. Could he possibly have lived a boring life? No, he has not.

The Endgame Trilogy

Sky Warren


There are three of them in the series. Be forewarned, the girl is auctioned off for her virginity. Yikes!

Captive in the Dark

C.J. Roberts


The protagonist is himself a victim, but now becomes the “man controlling the strings,” kidnapping a girl, he trains to get close enough to the man who once victimized him so he can take revenge. Go to Goodreads, first. You can’t say you weren’t warned.

The Collector

John Fowles


John Fowles is a literary giant, but this a dark one. His protagonist, a butterfly collector wins a lottery, buys an estate, abducts an art student and hides her there, believing she’ll fall in love with him, eventually. Disturbing read.

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