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Self-Editing For Fiction Writers
As a teacher of writing, I have an entire bookcase full of books
about writing and publishing. I've learned something from every
one of those books, but here are a few that stand out as
Fiction Writing by Janet Burroway. This is a
college textbook and priced accordingly, but it's by far the most
complete and highest-level book on the topic I've ever found.
by Browne and
King. This guide to editing your own work is a bit simplified but
admirably hands-on, with lots of examples and exercises.
Bird by Bird
by Anne Lamott. Subtitle is Some
Instructions on Writing and Life,
which pretty well sums
by Stephen King. It's no accident he's
the world's best-selling writer.
Techniques of the Selling Writer
by Donald Swain.
Written back in the days of pulp fiction, when men were men and
women were housewives, this book offers some timeless advice on
good writing, along with now-hilarious gender stereotypes.
Writing the Breakout Novel
by Donald Maass. This
book by a successful literary agent is particularly good on the
primacy of conflict in fiction.
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