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    My favorite writing books:

    Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass …MUST read. Seriously.

    Goal, Motivation and Conflict by Debra Dixon. Essential for characters!

    45 Master Characters by Victoria Schmidt

    Writing Monsters by Philip Athans

    Really, there are a lot of great books at Writer’s Digest.

    I just ordered Walking on Water: Reflections of Faith ad Art by Madeline L’Engle


    mom. writer. always needs coffee.


    I love all these book recommendations!

    I would also like to recommend “Save the Cat” and “Writing the Breakout Novel.” Both of them are very helpful when it comes to understanding plot and story momentum. 🙂


    I recommend What If: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers. Yes, that is a textbook for my creative writing class in college, but money well spent and it really helps, as it takes you through the process of fiction writing in expanded detail. Also, if you’re ever into writing poetry, I consider Poetry 180 by Billy Collins to be essential reading.

    And if you can stomach the grim memoir of the first half of the book, Steven King’s On Writing is basically invaluable. Kill your darlings. 😛

    Sarah, Miss S, Sierepica_Fuzzywalker

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