10 Fiction Writer’s References

1. The Elements of Style | LibraryThing | Amazon

2. Spunk & Bite | LibraryThing | Amazon

3. Glazier’s Word Menu | LibraryThing | Amazon

4. Creating Poetry | LibraryThing | Amazon

5. The Structure of Magic | LibraryThing | Amazon

6. A Moveable Feast | LibraryThing | Amazon

7. Character & Viewpoint | LibraryThing | Amazon

8. Writing Fiction | LibraryThing | Amazon

9. The Art of Styling Sentences | LibraryThing | Amazon

10. Submit! The Unofficial Multimedia Guide to Submitting Short Prose (DVD) | Amazon

(Results may vary. These are just my own personal opinions and are not part of any affiliate marketing or paid endorsement. Also, most of these are available from your friendly, neighborhood library.) 

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David Wallace Fleming is a U.S. writer, living in Austin, Texas. He is the author of the coming-of-age, social media novel GROWING UP WIRED, and the satirical science fiction audiobook, NOT FROM CONCENTRATE.
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8 Responses to 10 Fiction Writer’s References

  1. Ia Uaro says:

    How can you write when you have to think of rules? Methinks you either have it or not. My teen daughter went to a writing school (I let her because it was better than watching TV). Then she commented on my work, “Ohh you use such and such styles!”
    Didn’t even know that they were styles.

    • I’ve pondered over this same question many times myself. Is it better to just write and read or should a modern writer supplement his training with reading some of these “books on writing?” I’ve found some of the books on writing helpful. But I think these “books on writing” should be the seasoning and not the meal.

  2. Honie Briggs says:

    David, this is a great list of reference materials. I especially liked your disclaimer at the end. :)

    • Honie, thanks for reading and considering my list. I would prefer people check this stuff out a library to see if it’s for them, first. Amazon, is still a good place for people to check things out.

  3. David, I keep a stack of reference books by my desk. They include Strunk and White, The Handbook of Good English, and Eats, Shoots and Leaves (just for fun). I write, then edit, then edit, and edit some more. English is a tricky language, and there are rules of grammar that have been lost in this insta-writing world. I think that you can write without thinking of rules (because I would hope that writers already know the basic rules of writing, just as drivers know the basic rules of the road), but once you have commited words to print, you can always check for clarity. This is where the rules come in. Thanks for the list!

    • Robin, thanks for that great comment. I haven’t read Eats, Shoots and Leaves yet. Yes, these books can be good ways to discover the unknown-unknowns and master the basics.

      • It’s about punctuation, and it’s a hoot. (Notice I used it’s and not its.) Lynne Truss writes about the proper use and misuse of that word and others, and she leaves no excuse for getting it wrong.

  4. Linda Vernon says:

    This is a great list. My favorite book is The Synonym Finder and I found Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain to be eye opening!

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