Recommended Creative Writing Books

A Listmania! list by Greg Withnail (England)
 
Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers
1.  Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler
The list author says:
  "Absolutely indispensable. If you haven't already done so, read this one first!"
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On Writing
2.  On Writing by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "Read this one next. King is a down-to-earth chap who must be getting something right! Great book for easing you into the feeling that "Hey, I could really do this!""
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The Elements of Style
3.  The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.
The list author says:
  "Time out... let Strunk & White help you keep your feet planted firmly on the ground before moving on."
£9.99   Used & New from: £0.31
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)

The Nuts and Bolts of Writing
4.  The Nuts and Bolts of Writing by Michael Legat
The list author says:
  "Now time for some nitty-gritty. Contains more practical advice for hands-on writing than A215 and A363 combined."
£6.99   Used & New from: £0.01

Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn from Actors (Social Science)
5.  Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn from Actors (Social Science) by Brandilyn Collins
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  "Lays bare the techniques for creating believable characters."
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The Writer's Guide to Character Traits
6.  The Writer's Guide to Character Traits by Linda Edelstein
The list author says:
  "Potentially handy follow-up to Collins's book. Not for everyone."
£13.99   Used & New from: £5.60
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Description and Setting: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Believable World of People, Places and Events (Write Great Fiction)
7.  Description and Setting: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Believable World of People, Places and Events (Write Great Fiction) by Ron Rozelle
The list author says:
  "This series, from Writer's Digest, is accessible, practical, and helpful."
£13.99   Used & New from: £5.62
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Dialogue: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Effective Dialogue (Write Great Fiction)
8.  Dialogue: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Effective Dialogue (Write Great Fiction) by Gloria Kempton
The list author says:
  "This series, from Writer's Digest, is accessible, practical, and helpful."
£11.20   Used & New from: £2.21
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Write Great Fiction - Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Dynamic Characters and Effective Viewpoints
9.  Write Great Fiction - Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Dynamic Characters and Effective Viewpoints by Nancy Kress
The list author says:
  "This series, from Writer's Digest, is accessible, practical, and helpful."
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The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide To Character Expression
10.  The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide To Character Expression by Angela Ackerman
£9.51   Used & New from: £6.70
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

Story Solution: 23 Actions All Great Heroes Must Take
11.  Story Solution: 23 Actions All Great Heroes Must Take by Eric Edson
The list author says:
  "I like this one, but be aware that if you balked at the premise of The Writer's Journey, this one will probably revolt you."
£17.09
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The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile
12.  The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman
£7.99   Used & New from: £4.03
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

How NOT to Write a Novel: 200 Mistakes to avoid at All Costs if You Ever Want to Get Published
13.  How NOT to Write a Novel: 200 Mistakes to avoid at All Costs if You Ever Want to Get Published by Howard Mittelmark
The list author says:
  "Spot on. And entertaining too!"
£7.49   Used & New from: £0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Save the Cat!: The Only Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
14.  Save the Cat!: The Only Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need by Blake Snyder
The list author says:
  "As with The Story Solution, don't come near this one if Vogler didn't blow your skirt up."
£9.59   Used & New from: £5.37
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Dramatica: A New Theory of Story
15.  Dramatica: A New Theory of Story by Melanie Anne Phillips
The list author says:
  "This is The Writer's Journey on steroids and with a healthy dose of OCD thrown in. Not for the lily-livered! (Note that the Kindle edition fails to reproduce some of the charts properly. Worth hunting down the print version. Alternatively, download the free PDF version from the publisher's website.) They also sell a software package that walks you through the process."
£6.16
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