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Best Novel Writing Books You Must Read

Looking for the best Novel Writing books? Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject.

1. Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book On Novel Writing You’ll Ever Need (2018)

 Best Novel Writing Books You Must ReadNovelist Jessica Brody presents a comprehensive story-structure guide for novelists that applies the famed Save the Cat! screenwriting methodology to the world of novel writing. Revealing the 15 “beats” (plot points) that comprise a successful story–from the opening image to the finale–this book lays out the Ten Story Genres (Monster in the House; Whydunit; Dude with a Problem) alongside quirky, original insights (Save the Cat; Shard of Glass) to help novelists craft a plot that will captivate–and a novel that will sell….
Author(s): Jessica Brody

2. The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing: Everything You Need to Know to Create & Sell Your Work (2017)

 Best Novel Writing Books You Must ReadIn The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing, 3rd Edition, you'll learn from established writers about how to make your novel a reality. Discover techniques and strategies for generating ideas, connecting with readers emotionally, and finding inspiration you need to finish your work. This fully revised edition includes an updated marketing section for navigating the unique challenges and possibilities of the evolving literary marketplace. Inside you'll find new essays from dozens of best-selling authors and publishing professionals detailing how to: You'll also find…
Author(s): Writer’s Digest Editors

3. Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story (2013)

 Best Novel Writing Books You Must ReadAcclaim for Structuring Your Novel“I have long wished for a book like this. Structuring Your Novel is so much more than a writing craft book—it’s a recipe to help writers structure a deep, meaningful journey for their hero that will captivate readers from beginning to end.”—Angela Ackerman, Author of The Emotion Thesaurus“There is absolute gold in this book—and I am grateful that the author has a real talent for distilling some of the somewhat clunky information found elsewhere, into really simple-to-understand and easy-to-follow techniques.”—Robert Scanlon“This book shows a writer how to structure their novel from…
Author(s): K. M. Weiland

4. The 90-Day Novel: Unlock the Story Within (2017)

 Best Novel Writing Books You Must ReadGet the first draft of your NOVEL or MEMOIR down quickly! The 90-Day Novel is Alan Watt’s day-by-day guide through the process of getting the first draft of your novel or memoir onto the page. The 90-Day Novel was workshopped at L.A. Writers’ Lab over the course of ten years and has helped thousands of writers complete their work. A number of Watt’s students have gone on to become bestselling authors and win major literary awards. Many writers credit The 90-Day Novel as their guide, from YA author Allen Zadoff (The Unknown Assassin Series, Little Brown) “Al Watt is a master teacher with…
Author(s): Alan Watt

5. Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success (2011)

 Best Novel Writing Books You Must ReadWriters often look upon outlines with fear and trembling. But when properly understood and correctly wielded, the outline is one of the most powerful weapons in a writer’s arsenal.Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success will:•Help you choose the right type of outline for you•Guide you in brainstorming plot ideas•Aid you in discovering your characters•Show you how to structure your scenes•Explain how to format your finished outline•Instruct you in how to use your outline•Reveal the benefits•Dispel the misconceptionsIncludes exclusive interviews with ten respected…
Author(s): K. M. Weiland

6. The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression (2018)

 Best Novel Writing Books You Must ReadDid you know there’s a SECOND EDITION of The Emotion Thesaurus? Click the author’s names to find it.One of the biggest problem areas for writers is conveying emotion to the reader in a unique, compelling way. When showing our characters’ feelings, we often grab onto the first idea that comes to mind, and our characters end up smiling, shrugging, nodding, and frowning far too much.Need some inspiration to get you beyond the basics? Inside The Emotion Thesaurus, you’ll find:•75 emotion entries that list body language, thoughts, and visceral responses for each•A breakdown of the biggest emotion-related writing…
Author(s): Becca Puglisi, Angela Ackerman

7. The One-Year Novelist: A Week-By-Week Guide To Writing Your Novel In One Year (Writing As A Second Career) (2017)

 Best Novel Writing Books You Must ReadWriting and finishing a novel can feel overwhelming. If you’re like most writers, you need to fit writing around other responsibilities and goals. Maybe you’re working at a separate job or profession, raising a family, or pursuing a degree (or all of the above). But there’s good news. The One-Year Novelist walks you through the steps week-by-week, taking you from idea to finished draft. It also includes ways to strengthen your commitment so you’ll be sure to finish in a year. – You’ve been meaning to write a novel for a while but aren’t sure how to find the time – You started novels before but never quite made it to the finish line – You…
Author(s): L. M. Lilly

8. Ready, Set, Novel!: A Workbook (2011)

 Best Novel Writing Books You Must ReadThis writer's block-busting workbook guides authors through planning and plotting a novel before writing it from the initial idea generation and brainstorming through character, setting, and story development. Full of helpful lists, plot maps, character Q&As, field trips, writing exercises, inspiring quotes, and plenty of space to write and outline, Ready, Set, Novel! provides ample inspiration and guidance to first-time novelists and more seasoned scribes alike….
Author(s): Lindsey Grant , Tavia Stewart-Streit, et al.

9. Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook (2004)

 Best Novel Writing Books You Must ReadNoted literary agent and author Donald Maass has done it again! His previous book, Writing the Breakout Novel, offered novelists of all skill levels and genres insider advice on how to make their books rise above the competition and succeed in a crowded marketplace.Now, building on the success of its predecessor, Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook calls that advice into action! This powerful book presents the patented techniques and writing exercises from Maass’s popular writing workshops to offer novelists first-class instruction and practical guidance. You’ll learn to develop and…
Author(s): Donald Maass

10. Writing the Breakout Novel: Insider Advice for Taking Your Fiction to the Next Level (2002)

 Best Novel Writing Books You Must ReadMaybe you’re a first-time novelist looking for practical guidance. Maybe you’ve already been published, but your latest effort is stuck in mid-list limbo. Whatever the case may be, author and literary agent Donald Maass can show you how to take your prose to the next level and write a breakout novel – one that rises out of obscurity and hits the best-seller lists.Maass details the elements that all breakout novels share – regardless of genre – then shows you writing techniques that can make your own books stand out and succeed in a crowded marketplace.You’ll learn to: Then, using examples from…
Author(s): Donald Maass

11. Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel Revised and Expanded Edition: The Complete Guide to Mystery, Suspense, and Crime (2017)

 Best Novel Writing Books You Must ReadDiscover the secrets to crafting an unforgettable mystery! To piece together the puzzle of your mystery novel, you need patience, resilience, a solid understanding of the craft, and a clear blueprint for combining the plot, characters, setting, and more. And while patience and resilience must come from you, the essentials of craft and the plan to execute them are right at your fingertips with Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel. This completely revised and updated edition features solid strategies for drafting, revising, and selling an intriguing novel that grips your readers and refuses to let them go.New…
Author(s): Hallie Ephron, Sara Paretsky

12. Writing Fiction For Dummies (2009)

 Best Novel Writing Books You Must ReadGreat! That’s a worthy goal, no matter what your reason. But don’t settle for just writing a novel. Aim high. Write a novel that you intend to sell to a publisher. Writing Fiction for Dummies is a complete guide designed to coach you every step along the path from beginning writer to royalty-earning author. Here are some things you’ll learn in Writing Fiction for Dummies: : Construct a story world that rings true; create believable, unpredictable characters; build a strong plot with all six layers of complexity of a modern novel; and infuse it all with a strong theme. : Psychoanalyze your characters to…
Author(s): Randy Ingermanson

13. Outlining Your Novel Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises for Planning Your Best Book (2014)

 Best Novel Writing Books You Must ReadAward-winning author K.M. Weiland’s previous book, the bestselling Outlining Your Novel, showed writers how to embrace outlines in a way that makes the writing process fun, inspiring, and easy.Now it’s time to put those lessons to use! Building upon the principles you’ve already learned, the Outlining Your Novel Workbook presents a guided approach to getting the bones of your story down on paper, identifying plot holes, and brainstorming exciting new possibilities.Containing hundreds of incisive questions and imagination-revving exercises, this valuable resource will…
Author(s): K.M. Weiland

14. Bestseller Metrics: How to Win the Novel Writing Game (Structure) (Volume 1) (2017)

 Best Novel Writing Books You Must ReadAre you ready to learn how to fix the one thing that holds back most unpublished manuscripts? It's not a lack of sparkling characters or lustrous prose–it's structure! After working for decades to capture how bestselling scribes like J.K. Rowling,Gillian Flynn and Stephen King structure prize-winning novels, Book Doctor Elaine Ash has developed a groundbreaking system to teach aspiring and established authors how to structure a great book. You'll get insights into new techniques based on structure analysis of great novels,and…
Author(s): Elaine Ash

Best Novel Writing Books You Must Read

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Familial Feeling: Entangled Tonalities in Early Black Atlantic Writing and the Rise of the British Novel

Author(s): Elahe Haschemi Yekani
ID: 2887857, Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2021, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

Women Writing the Neo-Victorian Novel: Erotic "Victorians"

Author(s): Kathleen Renk
ID: 2890278, Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

The Contemporary Post-Apocalyptic Novel : Critical Temporalities and the End Times

Author(s): Diletta De Cristofaro
ID: 2966367, Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic, Year: 2020, Size: 1 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are really chart-busters according to Washington Post, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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