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Today's Question... What’s your favorite craft/writing-how-to book?
Tracey - I love PLOT & STRUCTURE by James Scott Bell, which explains the basics of plot and how to grab readers’ attention and hold it.
Matthew - I'm currently reading STORY, by Robert McKee. Not sure if it's a favorite yet.
Leigh - I have to go all the way back to Stephen King's ON WRITING. It was the first craft book I ever read, and okay, the only one. (Because of my career background, I had human writing mentors.) Oh! Another I've heard great things about is SAVE THE CAT by Blake Snyder. Everybody loves that one! I want to read it because it has a cat in it.
Sarah - I am a huge fan of Les Edgerton's HOOKED which is a book purely on how to write beginnings, and inciting incident placements. I can honestly say it completely changed how I opened my novels, for the better.
Jaime - Well, I’ll always love ON WRITING by Stephen King first and foremost. I started reading (and keep meaning to return to) SELF-EDITING FOR FICTION WRITERS (Renni Browne & Dave King), which I found extremely helpful, mainly because they provide such great examples. It’s basically that whole ‘show don’t tell’ thing at work!
Alison - SAVE THE CAT (Blake Snyder). My stories live by beat sheets. Helps with the synopsis writing too, btw. :-)
Katy – PLOT AND STRUCTURE and SAVE THE CAT, definitely. Also, I recently read STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST by Austin Kleon and I loved its tips and advice on creativity.
Your turn! What’s your favorite craft/writing-how-to book?