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               WRITING CRAFT REFERENCES AND TEXTS

 

For new writers, or all writers for that matter, a strong library of reference materials is a necessity. We all think that we know how to write, but after struggling for a while, we realize that we are only human. Here are some that I use. There are more, of course, and other writers can turn you on to those which they prefer.

  • Dictionary - Don't count on your Spellcheck.
  • Roget's Thesaurus
  • Writers Market - for current year
  • The Chicago Manual of Style
  • Manuscript Submission - Edelstein
  • The 'Write Great Fiction' series
  • The Elements of Style - Strunk and White
  • Write Right - Venolia
  • How Fiction Works - Hall
  • Guide to Fiction Writing - Whitney
  • The First Five Pages - Lukeman
  • How to Write a Damn Good Novel - Freye
  • Rebel Yell - Olson

I also have a large number of other references relating to specific types of writing, but the ones above are those that I'll grab whenever I seek clarity on any basic issue with my writing. Other writers may have a more extensive list, but quantity is not important. The key is to have enough reference texts that can answer all specific questions that might arise with your writing. And if you don't mind second-hand books, many of these can be bought on Amazon for next to nothing. So, get going and acquire some of these.