Craft

Learn as much as you can and keep your original voice if it’s unique. Learn the rules, so you know when to break them. Keep writing….     

Books recommended about the craft of writing:

The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style by Robert Hudson

The Moral Premise: Harnessing Virtue & Vice for Box Office Success by Stanley D. Williams

45 Master Characters: Mythic Models for Creating Original  Characters by Victoria Lynn Schmidt

A Dash of Style:The Art and Mastery of Punctuation by Noah Lukeman

The Complete Guide to Writing Fiction and Nonfiction: And Getting it Published by Pat Cubis and Bob Howland

Writing Great Fiction: Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell

Revision & Self-Editing: Techniques for Transferring Your First Draft Into a Finished Novel by James Scott Bell

Stein on Writing by Sol Stein

Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass

Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook by Donald Maass

The Writing Skills Handbook by Bazerman/Wiener

Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively by Rebecca McClanahan

The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life by Noah Lukeman    

How to Write a Damn Good Novel II by James N. Frey

Goal, Motivation & Conflict: The Building Blocks of Good Fiction by Debra Dixon

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself into Print by Renni Browne & Dave King

Dive Deep: Exploring the Depths of POV by Virginia Smith

The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman

Max Perkins: Editor of Genius by A. Scott Berg

One Writer’s Beginnings by Eudora Welty

The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them) by Jack M. Bickham

Scene & Structure by Jack M. Bickham

How to Write a Damn Good Novel by James N. Frey

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer’s Craft (Guidebook and recordings) by Professor Brooks Landon

The Art of Creative Writing by Lajos Egri

The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri

Writing for the Soul: Instruction and Advice from an Extraordinary Writing Life by Jerry B. Jenkins

from the Inside…Out: discover…create…and publish the novel in you! by Susan May Warren

The Art of War for Writers: Fiction Writing Strategies, Tactics, and Exercises  by James Scott Bell

Hooked by Les Edgerton

bird by bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

Riveting Your Readers with Deep Point of View by Jill Elizabeth Nelson

Write Good or Die by Scott Nicholson