Books on Craft

d8b9583b9c3fc75701727a05806ffd57849014937a45e3a086e244a89d851517-ih3wNgHere are books on craft I highly recommend:

First & most importantly: The Elements of Style, William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White.  You may not think you need it.  I know I didn’t.  But I do.


How to Write a Damn Good Novel, by James N. Frey

How to Write a Damn Good Novel II, by James N. Frey

They’re both damn good books, and no, it isn’t the same James Frey who embarrassed himself by writing a novel and calling it a memoir.

The Art of Fiction,  by John Gardner

On Becoming a Novelist, by John Gardner

The First Five Pages, Noah Lukeman

The Art and Craft of Novel Writing, Oakley Hall

This last is a fairly cerebral book, but also practical.  A good balance to some of the more How-Tos.  Finally, you would only wonder about my self-esteem if I didn’t include:

Get That Novel Started, Donna Levin

Get That Novel Written, Donna Levin

However, I also have enough distance to tell you that Written is the better of the two.

I would love to hear about your favorites as well.