Recommended Books For Writers

THE ART OF SUBTEXT: BEYOND PLOT by Charles Baxter -- This guide illustrates the proper use of subtext, in all its many forms, with examples from classic and contemporary authors. This text is part of a larger series of works on aspects of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry.

WRITING THE BLOCKBUSTER NOVEL by Albert Zuckerman -- Let master agent Al Zuckerman show you what a real blockbuster is made of. He walks you through the making of Ken Follet's BRILLIANT MAN FROM ST. PETERSBURG in plain language. Highly recommended.

BIRD BY BIRD by Anne Lamott -- Lamott confirms your worst suspicions: writing is as painful, magical, logical, insane as you feared. Fortunately, she also confirms that for most of us, there's no choice: writers write because they find it impossible to do anything else. Lamott's essays are witty, wise and deeply moving. BIRD BY BIRD is a must for every writer's shelf.

LITERARY AGENTS: A WRITER'S GUIDE by Adam Begley -- When your book proposal is written or your manuscript is complete, a whole new challenge begins...finding a publisher! With the right agent, you're halfway there!

WRITING THE NOVEL FROM PLOT TO PRINT by Lawrence Block -- A wonderful book with an explanation that shows you how to create a plot that will get you beyond the first chapter. Uses backgrounds you know and those you don't.

PAINTED PARAGRAPHS: INSPIRED DESCRIPTION FOR WRITERS AND READERS by Donald Newlove -- A curious treasure, this book offers the authors very candid and witty opinions about the author's favorite descriptive passages in literature. Includes everyone from Hemingway, Conrad, Shakespeare, and Whitman to Terry Macmillan. It's wonderful to see these descriptive passages isolated from their text.

THE WRITER'S DIGEST GUIDE TO GOOD WRITING From the Editors of Writer's Digest -- Since Writer's Digest Magazine was launched in the twenties, some of the very best writers have written articles outlining their personal tips for success. Included in this collection are some of the very best that Writer's Digest has to offer: Gary Provost, Taylor Caldwell, Phyllis A. Whitney, Stephen King, and Jude Deveraux.

THE WRITER'S JOURNEY: MYTHIC STRUCTURE FOR STORYTELLERS & SCREENWRITERS by Christopher Vogler -- This is a must read for all romance writers! The basis of the book is the myth that is at the heart of all romance novels. The material is very approachable and is specifically pinpointed to any story writer. Truly terrific!

ROMANCE WRITER'S PHRASE BOOK by Jean Kent & Candace Shelton -- This playful book offering over 3,000 descriptive 'tags' for writers is a wonderful resource for physical descriptions, body movements, emotions and descriptive sex scenes.

BEGINNINGS, MIDDLES AND ENDS by Nancy Kress -- Translating a flash of inspiration into a compelling story requires careful crafting. Learn how to hook an editor in three paragraphs, and make and keep your stories implicit promise.