Here are some fiction writing resources I have tried and found helpful. There are no doubt many others, and if you know of any you particularly like, please let me know. I’ll be glad to include it here.
‘Techniques of the Selling Writer‘ by Dwight Swain
When Randy Ingermanson recommended this book in his fiction writing course, I ordered a copy from Amazon.com – and consider it one of my best guides to writing fiction.
As Dwight Swain makes clear early on, there’s a difference between writing for your own joy or satisfaction, and writing for your work to sell. This book is about the latter.
Loaded with actionable steps and ideas, you’ll definitely become a better writer and sell more of your writing easily by following what’s inside this book. The lessons on how to write dialog that’s gripping and forces the story forward, while fostering conflict and capturing a reader’s interest, are golden.
“Creating Characters: How To Build Story People” by Dwight Swain
Another of Randy’s recommendations, I enjoyed this guide to creating memorable characters for your novels, novellas and short stories.
From mannerisms to remarkable physical traits, personalities to back-story, psychographics to endearing behaviors or disgusting flaws, Dwight Swain will teach you how to pepper your tale with story people who matter.
Randy Ingermanson ‘The Snowflake Method’
This simple, step-by-step approach to writing a novel is what made Randy Ingermanson famous around the world as ‘The Snowflake Guy’. Maybe you’ll like this method. Maybe you won’t. But read this article and decide. Personally, it transformed my writing – and I loved plotting my novel based on this system.
You can also buy the book, How To Write A Novel Using The Snowflake Method” for frequent reference, if you like.
There’s a Kindle ebook edition as well.
Snowflake Pro Software
Software that makes Randy Ingermanson‘s Snowflake method of writing a book fast, easy, and fun.
I haven’t used this myself. But I took his 12-part fiction-writing courses (Basic and Advanced – no longer available for sale) – which were the actual foundation for this new tool.
Advanced Fiction Writing Ezine
A free monthly email newsletter for writers who want to learn the secrets of developing their craft and marketing their fiction. You can browse back-issues to decide if it’s right for you.
High value. And you can’t beat the price: FREE.
Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’
It finds a place on every writer’s list of recommended resources on writing – and for good reason. Read it, if only to see why everyone suggests doing so. You’ll have a better grasp on the craft of writing.
Strunk & White’s ‘The Elements of Style’
Fondly called the book on writing that no one wants (or likes) to read, it’s undeniable that every writer, at some point in time, has flipped through its pages in search of the rules or guidelines governing the use of a literary device or nuance, punctuation or format.
No wonder it is rated as one of the 100 most influential books written in English!
‘Eats, Shoots & Leaves’ by Lynne Truss
This ‘zero tolerance guide to punctuation‘ is a nice book to have at hand whenever you’re in doubt about using a semi-colon or undecided between an ellipsis or hyphen.
An easy, informally written book that simplifies the rather tangled web of punctuation – and amazingly enough, makes it a fun topic to read about.
Mini Fiction Writing Course – Rob Parnell’s Writing Academy
Discover the basics of commercial story telling for fun and profit.