What’s on My Writing Shelf Other Than Dust Bunnies?


Romance Writing: 

The Everything Guide to Writing A Romance Novel by Christie Craig and Faye Hughes
(This book gives a basic overview, but it predates eBooks.)

Characters/Emotions: (The next 3 books are must-haves.)

GMC: Goal, Motivation, & Conflict by Debra Dixon

The Complete Writer’s Guide to Heroes and Heroines Sixteen Master Archetypes
by Tami D. Cowden, Caro LaFever, Sue Viders

The Emotional Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi


Techniques of the $elling Writer by Dwight Swain (Master of scene and sequel)

Scene & Structure by Jack M. Bickham (I prefer Bickham’s way of explaining Swain’s ideas.)

Beginnings, Middles, and Ends by Nancy Kress (This book is a helpful guide for new writers.)

(The next 3 books are must-haves, and I think beginning writers should read them, too.)

The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman

The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes by Jack M. Bickham

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King

What’s on your writing shelf?


  1. Great selection! I need to check out The Emotional Thesaurus. A favorite on my shelf is Writing The Breakout Novel by Donald Maass. The workbook is great, too…filled with exercises to shake up anyone’s writing (and their dust bunnies).

    • Tammy, I’ve read the Donald Maass book and plan to buy my own copy soon. BTW you’re welcome to shake up my dust bunnies anytime as long as you take them to your house.

  2. Believe it or not, I own or have read eight of those books. Someone also HIGHLY recommended “The First 50 Pages.”

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