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5 Craft Books for New and Experienced Writers

Back in the day when I was a baby writer, I (naively) believed that the more I wrote, the easier it would get. After publishing several books (and trunking many more), I now believe that’s only partially true. Experience helped me find my voice and has taught me the importance of a great hook and how to write cleaner first drafts, while also lessening the amount of time it takes me to write that first draft. All good, all the result of the time I invested in writing.

But experience has also made other things harder. This isn’t bad—in fact, it keeps the process interesting—but it has made certain aspects of writing more of a challenge for me. I feel like I will always be reaching to be better, to try and level up with each book, and so I often turn to craft books to help me learn how to tell a better story. And so I’ve put together a list of my favorite craft books that I often turn to for inspiration and assistance:

The Anatomy of Story – 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller by John Truby. I read this book recently and used it while plotting my current work in progress and it made me think about the way I tell a story.

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi. I use this book, along with the others in the series, all the time. Highly recommend. The authors have also created a very useful website, One Stop for Writers, which is worth checking out.

Master Lists for Writers by Bryn Donovan. Great book to spark ideas, especially in the planning stages.

Dear Ally, How Do You Write a Book? by Ally Carter. I loved this book by YA author Ally Carter. It has tips and advice from many great authors, including Stephanie Perkins, Kody Keplinger, Julie Murphy, Dhonielle Clayton, Melissa de la Cruz, and countless others.

On Writing by Stephen King. Part memoir/part writing advice, this book is an old favorite and I’ve read it a number of times.

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Jennifer Honeybourn

Jennifer Honeybourn works in corporate communications in Vancouver, British Columbia. She's a fan of British accents, Broadway musicals, and epic, …

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