Hey SE Readers. It’s Friday and time for another book share. I usually share a work of fiction (after all this site is about writing fiction), but today I’m going to do something a little different. I’m going to share a few of my favorite (and most helpful) books on writing.
The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi – I purchased this book when it first released several years ago and found it extremely helpful. Recently the authors published a new version that lists 130 different emotions.
Each entry defines that particular emotion, notes, physical signs and behaviors, internal sensations, mental responses, acute or long-term responses to said emotion, associated power verbs, and more.
Angela and Becca have also published The Emotional Wound Thesaurus, Negative Trait Thesaurus, Positive Trait Thesaurus, The Rural Setting Thesaurus, The Urban Setting Thesaurus, and Emotion Amplifiers.
I’ve found each of these books useful. The authors also have a website, One Stop for Writers, (not an affiliate link) where you can access all the thesaurus series plus more. It’s subscription only, but has some handy tools, especially for beginning writers.
Busy Writers Guides by Marcy Kennedy. Marcy’s books are short and easy to read. (That’s why they’re called busy writers guides). I’ve also found them to be helpful. Among the titles are, Showing and Telling in Fiction, Description, Strong Female Characters, Dialogue, Point of View in Fiction, Internal Dialogue, and Deep Point of View.
Marcy gives examples throughout these guides – some from her own published works of fiction.
A few months ago, when needing a reference on writing a blurb for one of my novels, I came across Writing Book Blurbs and Synopses by Rayne Hall. As with the others mentioned here, this book was just what I needed. Rayne has a series of writer’s craft books including Writing Vivid Emotions, Writing Vivid Settings, Writing Love Scenes, Writing Scary Scenes and more.
Last, but not least, James Scott Bell has a number of books on writing including, Plot and Structure, Write Your Novel From the Middle, and How to Write Short Stories. What I like about his books is that he uses real-life examples – often from movies.
Now it’s your turn. What are some of your “go to” books on writing? Please share in the comments.