Fiction Writing Resources

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

Techniques of Selling Writer 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.

Read it, practice it, and see for yourself!

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.

Get the book. Do the exercises. Feel the difference.

 

Randy Ingermanson ‘The Snowflake Method’

The Snowflake Method by Randy Ingermanson

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.

How To Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method

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

Snowflake Pro Fiction Writing 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.

Check it out and see if it’s right for you.

 

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.

Sign up here for your free subscription.

 

Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’

On Writing - Stephen King

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’

Strunk and White - 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.

Buy your copy – and keep it handy for whenever you need it!

No wonder it is rated as one of the 100 most influential books written in English!

 

‘Eats, Shoots & Leaves’ by Lynne Truss

Eats, Shoots & Leaves - 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.

Keep a copy on your bookshelf, and you won’t regret it.

 

Mini Fiction Writing Course – Rob Parnell’s Writing Academy

Discover the basics of commercial story telling for fun and profit.

Learn more and sign up – it’s free.