Craft Books Every Fiction Writer Should Own

Craft Books Every Fiction Writer Should Own

book-774837_640Welcome back, loyal listeners! This week, we’re joined by editor and author Bethany Kaczmarek to talk about some of the best craft books every writer should own. Special thanks to Eliza Rickman for letting us use her intro and outro music again! Check her out at and As always, you can listen and view below.





Craft Books

  1. Pub term of the day: First right of refusal
  2. Craft Books
    1. What makes a good craft book?
      1. Elements of craft
      2. Readability
      3. Elements of writers’ lives
      4. A new, thoughtful approach to the usual suspects
      5. Good examples from a variety of authors, and from films
      6. Anything else?
    2. Best Craft books we’ve read (I’ve already done a cast on this, so I’d like to focus more on the craft books y’all have read, but we can always come back to the ones I still regard highly).
      1. The Novel and the Novelist–Tom Morrisey (youtube link to Writer’s Talk)
      2. Mystery and Manners–Flannery O’Connor
      3. Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wicked Good Prose–Constance Hale
      4. How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy, Orson Scott Card
      5. Burning Down the House–Charles Baxter
      6. The Art of War for Writers–James Scott Bell
      7. The War of Art–Steven Pressfield
      8. Sometimes the Magic Works, Terry Brooks
      9. Writing Subtext: What Lies Beneath–Dr. Linda Seger
      10. Story Trumps Structure–Steven James
      11. (Most often recommended to clients) The Emotion Thesaurus–Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi (writers helping writers)

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