For Writers

Favorite Quotes on Writing and Craft

“When it comes to first drafts, as Voltaire said, ‘the perfect is the enemy of the good.’ ”
—Peter Selgin, By Cunning and CraftRelaxing

“The best sources for significant story problems reside within yourself in the form of your personal demons. The very best writers are those who are courageous enough to go deep inside themselves to face and expose the warts and hidden desires and forbidden feelings most of us want to hide from or deny, at least to others.”
—Les Edgerton, Hooked

“The best crime novels aren’t about how a detective works the case; they’re about how a case works on a detective.”
—Michael Connelly

“The central theme of a story is often crystallized by a moral choice the hero must make, typically near the end of the story. Theme is your view of the proper way to act in the world. It is your moral vision, and it is one of the main reasons you are writing your story.”
—John Truby, The Anatomy of Story

“Never forget that the best tools you have as a writer are yourself, your memories, your values, your POV or life perspective, your doubts, fears, and obsessions. Especially your doubts, fears, and obsessions!”
—Catherine Ann Jones, The Way of Story

“Great stories are created by powerful and mysterious inner processes. They are designed to guide us to our full potential and are as necessary to our well-being as fresh air. Understanding great stories means understanding these inner processes. And understanding these inner processes can lead to a profound understanding of our selves and the world.”
—James Bonnet, Stealing Fire From The Gods

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Great books on the writing craft:

Outlining Your Novel
Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story

—by K.M. Weiland

The Emotion Thesaurus
The Negative Trait Thesaurus
The Positive Trait Thesaurus
—by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi

Hooked: write fiction that grabs readers at page one and never lets them go
—by Les Edgerton

Writing the Breakout Novel
Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling
The Fire in Fiction
—by Donald Maass

The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers
—by Christopher Vogler

Story Engineering
Story Physics: Harnessing the Underlying Forces of Storytelling
—by Larry Brooks

Write Your Novel From the Middle: A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers, and Everyone in Between
Plot & Structure: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot That Grips Readers from Start to Finish
Elements of Fiction Writing – Conflict & Suspense
—by James Scott Bell

Between the Lines: Master the Subtle Elements of Fiction Writing
—by Jessica Page Morrell

Crafting Scenes
—by Raymond Obstfeld

Description
—by Monica Wood