If you’ve spent a little time on this site, you probably know that I LOVE CRAFT BOOKS! I’m not sure if this is because if I’m one of those daft people for whom information goes in one ear and out the other and I actually need to read 800 craft books to “get it”, or if I just like hearing the same things over and over again.
Of course, I jest.
In actuality, I like to read so many craft books because different authors discuss the same concepts differently. I like to get multiple perspectives. Every book you write is different, and some concepts apply more to one project than another. There is no “bible” for craft books (in my opinion). I think you need a library. A library that’s ever-expanding! And yes, it’s possible I’m a little obsessed.
I thought I’d share the favorites in my current library, so you can add to yours!
Ingrid’s Top 10 Craft Books:
(as of right now, and in no particular order)
1. From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction by Robert Olen Butler
2. Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft (Eighth Edition) by Janet Burroway
3. Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principals of Screenwriting by Robert Mckee
4. The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller by John Truby
5. The Art of Fiction by John Gardner
6. Aspects of the Novel by E.M. Forster
7. A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver
8. Words Overflown by Stars: Creative Writing Instruction and Insight Edited by David Jauss
9. Alone, With All that Could Happen by David Jauss
10. Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for Those Who Love Books and For Those Who Want to Write Them by Francine Prose
I’d love to hear what some of your favorite craft books are too. So, please share!