Writing Craft Reads

Writing Reference Books

Telling Details by Kat Duncan — An excellent book on how to make the details in your book stand out by showing not telling

Emotions Amplifiers by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi — This book covers a range of emotions and the body language, mental reactions and even the suppressed physical reactions to those emotions. My only disappointment with this book is that it doesn’t cover fear.

Thinking Like a Romance Writer by Dahlia Davis — This is an excellent resource book for writers that include vivid portrayals of the romance between their characters. It serves a purpose with all writers of romance but has a greater reach on those who write erotica.

Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus — This is a must-have for all writers

Grammar Smart The Princeton Review – A concise grammar guide that covers all the basics that writers need to write correctly.

Smashwords Style Guide — If you’re going to self-publish using Smashwords then this book is a must read. It’s also helpful if you’re going to publish through another platform and want to know how to format your manuscript.

Writing and Publishing Erotica by Katrina England — If erotic is your chosen genre then it wouldn’t hurt to pick up a copy of this book. There are some very useful tips in this book to get you started.

How To Write Descriptions of Eyes and Faces by Val Kovalin — This book is an excellent resource for those who need a little help in coming up with words and phrases to describe people’s features.

How To Write Descriptions of Hair and Skin by Val Kovalin — Another great resource book for describing your characters.

Guide to Fiction Writing by Phyllis A. Whitney – In my opinion, the best book to read if you’re just starting out in writing fiction and need to know the basics. A quick read that’s an invaluable resource for fiction writers.

Creating Character Emotions by Ann Hood – This is an excellent resource guide for writing believable emotions. It’s complete with explanations of emotions, good and bad examples, and exercises to flex your writing muscle.

Writing the Modern Mystery by Barbara Norville – This book is a great resource to start with if you’re interested in writing mysteries and crime novels but have never written one before. It has lots of useful information for current mystery writers who are interested in improving their work.

Cause of Death: a Writer’s Guide to Death, Murder, & Forensic Medicine by Keith D. Wilson M.D. – This book is a must-have for mystery and crime novelists. It covers the topic in a clear and concise manner with invaluable information for working out your victim’s death and subsequent investigation for cause of death.

Just the Facts Ma’am: a Writer’s Guide to Investigators and Investigation Techniques by Greg Fallis – If you’re writing mystery and crime novels and have hit a roadblock on how to proceed with your investigation, then you need to read this book. It covers everything from how to write your investigator to wrapping up the investigation.