Monday, June 13, 2005

Good for Your Writing! ~ A Book List

Books I personally recommend!

Good for PLOT

The Writer's Journey
Mythic Structure for Writers
by Christopher Vogler

Writing Erotica
by Edo Van Belkom

How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy
(Elements of Fiction Writing)
by Orson Scott Card

20 Master Plots:

And How to Build Them
by Ronald B. Tobias

The Screenwriter's Workbook


The Gift of Fear

Personal Note: An absolute MUST READ for VILLAIN Creation!
Read Chapter One NOW!

Characters and Viewpoint
(Elements of Fiction Writing)
by Orson Scott Card

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus:
A Practical Guide for Improving Communication and Getting What You Want in Your Relationships

by John Gray

Personal Note: Yes, I know the whole controversial story, over what he is, and what he isn’t. That does not change the fact that he’s RIGHT.

The Writer's Guide to Character Traits:
Includes Profiles of Human Behaviors and Personality Types

(Writer's Market Library)
by Linda N. Edelstein


The Complete Guide to the World of the Undead
by Manuela Dunn-Mascetti

The Action Heroine's Handbook
by Jennifer Worick, Joe Borgenicht, Jennifer Worick , Larry Jost

"AN ACTION HEROINE might, at first blush, look like an innocent ingenue, a damsel in distress, or a high-maintenance high-heeled diva..."

Good for GRAMMAR

Scene and Structure
(Elements of Fiction Writing)
by Jack M. Bickham

The Deluxe Transitive Vampire :A Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager and the Doomed
"The subject is that part of the sentence about which something is divulged; it is what the sentence's other words are gossiping about..."

Eats, Shoots & Leaves:The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
by Lynne Truss
"Either this will ring bells for you, or it won't..."

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus :
Updated & Expanded 2nd Edition (21st Century Reference)

There you have it, my recommended reads for writing fiction

Morgan Hawke


  1. Morgan!!! I could kiss you!! You must of read my mind. I've been reading all sorts of materials to try and improve my efforts!

    I am happy to see several of the books I am going thru on your list. Those by Orson Scott Card and "Twenty Master Plots".


  2. Hey, I have ONE of those books! ha! Thanks for the list; it's always great to get recommendations from writers you know/admire.

    Have you ever read David Gerrold's Worlds of Wonder (How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy)? It's one of my favorites and much like Ray Bradbury's Zen in the Art of Writing...just as much a guide to living well as writing well. The authors share the right philosophy about life and putting your most in your writing. :)

  3. Once again; I'm overwhelmed with having stumbled onto a really great site - Thank you for the resources!

  4. Hey Tara,
    - You’re very welcome for the list! I actually have a huge number of books on writing. The ones I listed are the most practical and accurate. In each one of them, I came to a great and glorious: “Ah-Ha!”

    I don’t read writing philosophy books. I have developed my own, rather mercenary, philosophy toward writing:

    “If you want to get published, be a B*I*T*C*H – Butt In The Chair Honey!”

    Morgan Hawke

  5. Our lists are oddly similar (although I would suppose there only so many writing reference books in the world.) I would add Robert J. Ray's The Weekend Novelist to the list. It's sort of a good "I can only fit one general reference book in my suitcase...and it needs to be light" book. :) Liz

  6. You forgot the best of the best: 'The Elements of Style by Strunk & White'.

  7. Actually, no I didn’t.
    - 'The Elements of Style by Strunk & White', should ALREADY be on the writer’s desk – before they even consider writing fiction.

  8. Thanks Morgan that's great! Really useful. Have you any news on the course yet, I'm dying to get started!

    Btw, your review 'The Book of Shadows' is complete and ready for you to read!

    Please take a look at my NEW review blog, where you'll find the link to your review.

    It here An Alternative View'

    Cya! And please say hello on my blog, it could do with a few more people posting!

    Take care