21+ Books that Belong on Your Writing Shelf

Some books are good, some books are mediocre. The following is a collection of the books that I have purchased over the years—and I spend hours agonizing over which book I should buy! These aren’t even all of them. I have a few more kicking around that have not managed to round up yet since our most recent move. Never fear, these I shall post, too.

What books are on your shelf?

The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

Mostly aimed at the novice writer, but it never hurts to be reminded from time to time.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary

Because the internet just doesn’t work when the power is out.


Book in a Month (BIAM)

How to get that new idea down quickly.

Nonsense: Red Herrings, Straw Men, and Sacred Cows: How We Abuse Logic in Our Everyday Language

Because no other occupation requires logic as much as writing.

Painless Grammar

Need I really say why you need a good grammar book? Or two or three?

You Can Write a Novel

Because everyone needs some motivation…and wow! The cover I have has a floppy drive on it! Wow…DATED!

Guerrilla Marketing

 Who needs cheap marketing more than aspiring authors?

Roget’s 21st Century Thesaurus

No need to get carried away with strange words, but sometimes you need a different word other than “tall”. Perhaps “towering” would be better?

Technical Writing

This is dry and anything but fiction, but the essentials you can learn by writing down-to-earth pieces will carry you far in writing what you really enjoy.  

Idiot’s Grammar and Style

We all have idiot moments.

Thanks, But This Isn’t For Us

Pitching it to the right publisher, not losing hope, and how to fix why you are being rejected.

Self-Editing for  Fiction Writers

Love, love love.

The Power to Write

Motivational book.

Finding Your Voice

From back in the day when I didn’t think I had one.

20 Master Plots

Makes for an interesting read, good for giving you ideas. Though I never stick to them.

Make A Scene

Love it. Need to read it again.

The 5 Love Languages

Because everyone feels love and shows it differently–and so should your characters.

Webster’s Instant Word Guide

Handy little book.

Webster’s Rhyming Dictionary

 Rhyming in your copy isn’t the best of ideas, but what about when you need to make up a catchy slogan or place name?

Latin & English Dictionary

No fantasy writer is complete without one

Strunk and White The Elements of Style

Most all of the things you need to know about writing well is in this slim volume.


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