My Favorite Fiction Writing Books

There are zillions of books on writing, and many are listed in the catalog of the Writers’ Digest Book Club. I have a whole shelf of them. Many of them turned out to be excellent compost. Some of them have proven useful. The following are the ones I think you’ll find most useful, with links to Amazon where you can buy them right now.

Genre: Fiction Writing
Writing Fiction for Dummies

Writing Fiction for Dummies

The Most Wished For book in the Fiction Writing Reference category on Amazon is Writing Fiction for Dummies, the complete guide for writing and selling your novel. More info →
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Techniques of the Selling Writer

Techniques of the Selling Writer

A classic textbook on writing by one of the master teachers of fiction writing. More info →
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Stein On Writing

Stein On Writing

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Genre: Fiction Writing
A summary of the fiction writing wisdom of Sol Stein, the legendary editor, writer, and teacher. More info →
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Plot And Structure

Plot And Structure

A very useful guide for learning the craft of fiction writing. This is an excellent choice for beginning novelists. More info →
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Writing the Breakout Novel

Writing the Breakout Novel

A massively popular book on how to write a massively popular novel by upping your fiction writing game. More info →
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Story Engineering

Story Engineering

A recent book on story structure that will teach you everything you need to know about the three-act structure and a whole lot more. More info →
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The Writer’s Journey

The Writer’s Journey

A classic book that applies the Hero's Journey to fiction writing. More info →
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Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers may be the most commonly owned book among working novelists. It covers all aspects of editing your novel. More info →
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Getting Into Character

Getting Into Character

A best-selling novelist with acting experience explains what fiction writers can learn about characters from method actors. More info →
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Story

Story

Story is a classic textbook on fiction writing by Hollywood legend Robert McKee. More info →
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Oxygen

Oxygen

Oxygen: Writer's Journey Edition is a science fiction romantic suspense space adventure that includes four appendices on the craft of writing. See the exact proposal the authors used to sell this book in less than 7 weeks -- without an agent. More info →
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The Fifth Man

The Fifth Man

The Fifth Man: Writer's Journey Edition is a science fiction romantic suspense Mars adventure that includes three appendices on the craft of writing. Watch me analyze more than thirty scenes to see what makes each one tick -- or in a few cases, to see what we did wrong! More info →
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About The Author

Randy Ingermanson

Randy Ingermanson is a theoretical physicist and the award-winning author of six novels. He has taught at numerous writing conferences over the years and publishes the free monthly Advanced Fiction Writing E-zine, the largest electronic magazine in the world on the craft of writing fiction, with over 32,000 readers.

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