Writing Resources

I’d like to share with you my best of the best, and I hope you find as many true gems in here as I have done. The following is a list of books, blogs, and forums that have helped me to discover my creativity and embrace it, or have given me a better understanding of the craft of writing. In no particular order:

Books on craft:

  1. How to Write a Damn Good Novel, James N. Frey
  2. The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes, Jack M. Bickham
  3.  Writing the Breakout Novel, Donald Maas
  4. The First Five Pages, Noah Lukeman
  5. The Elements of Style, William Strunk and E.B. White

The top two tomes on craft (not for the faint of heart):

  1. Story, Robert McKee
  2. The Heroes Journey, Christopher Vogler

Books on creativity:

  1. Your Life as Story, Tristine Rainer
  2. The Courage to Write, Ralph Keyes
  3. Steven King On Writing, Stephen King
  4. Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott
  5. The Creative Habit, Twyla Tharp

Speakers/teachers of craft:

Jennifer Crusie
Michael Hague
UCLA Extension Writing Program (Stephanie Waxman, Phyllis Gebauer, and Tristine Rainer.)

Online classes:

Revision and Discovery, www.storywonk.com
Hutzler, www.etbscreenwriting.com

The Writewell Academy, www.writewellacademy.com  (Jennifer Crusie and Lani Diane Rich)

Writer’s conferences:

RWA National Conference, www.rwanational.org
Diego State University Writer’s conference, www.ces.sdsu.edu/writers
Mayer’s workshop and retreat on Whidbey Island, www.bobmayer.org

Books that have had a huge personal impact on me:

Women Who Run With the Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D.
The Spontaneous Fulfillment of  Desire, Deepak Chopra

Favorite books read recently:

The Help, Kathryn Stockett
Dreams of Joy, Lisa See
Maybe This Time, Jennifer Crusie
The Garden of Happy Endings, Barbara O’Neal

Book clubs I participate in:

Jenny Crusie Forums
Laguna de la Paz Book Club

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