Over the years I’ve written both nonfiction books and novels. Now that I’m firmly encamped on the fiction side — and working on Book 2 of my high-tech thriller series — I thought I’d spend a little time sharing some of the writing resources that I’ve found especially valuable along the way.
The books below cover such things as plot, theme, story structure, character development, payoffs, etc., but they also delve deep into topics such as finding great novel ideas, writing faux pas and how to keep the creative juices flowing.
Remember: Read a lot of books in your space. Ignore the advice of those who say they don’t want anyone to influence their writing. Reading others’ works will help educate you about readers’ expectations, genre tropes and what works and what doesn’t. Just make sure you’re reading some of the better writers in your genre.
So read away and then dive into some of these titles. Even if you’re a veteran writer or published author, you can always pick up a few new tricks. I’m sure every writer’s list would be different. Here’s my list of 10 books to bring your fiction writing to the next level.