From Adults to Teens and Everything In Between

From Adults to Teens and Everything In Between

Monday, June 28, 2010

Miscellaneous Monday - Craft Writing Books

How many books on writing fiction do you own? Do you read them? I must confess, I have acquired quite a collection, thinking that each will possess that little secret needed to push my writing to the next level.

The truth of the matter is, books on writing are meant to be a help in your writing, not replace it. I have been writing fiction for a little over eight years, and the best tip I have ever received on writing from a writing book write. We can improve our writing skills by simply writing. Even if it's only one page a day, it will keep your skills sharp.

That being said, here is a list of my top five favorite writing books. Please comment back and share a few of yours.

Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell
Writing For The Soul by Jerry Jenkins
On Writing by Stephen King
Self Editing by James Scott Bell
Hooked by Les Edgerton

Happy Writing!


  1. I'm a writing book junkie as well, only I don't have the discipline to write every day like you do, Colleen. A really good book is "Writing the Breakout Novel" by Donald Maass, who is a literary agent.

  2. Colleen, thanks for these recommendations! I will have to check out these titles. Now I've just got to get the writing every day thing down!

  3. Just wanted to thank you for the shout-out of my book, Hooked. I really appreciate it, Colleen. I happy that you found it useful.

  4. Thanks for the feedback Les. I've recommended you book to more than one fellow writer.


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