Best Writing Books, Part 2

I’m back today with three more “best writing book” recommendations.

Two of today’s choices may seem a bit out of the ordinary, as they fall in to the film and screenwriting industry category, but I have found that both are exceptional when it comes to capturing the magic of story construction and creating compelling characters.


Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting


Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need

The author, Blake Snyder, who tragically passed away in 2009, was a great proponent of helping writers develop stories well, in screenwriting, or in any medium. Save The Cat! is chock full of tips and tricks, including Snyder’s “Mastering the 15 Beats” worksheet.


The third book, Stein On Writing: A Master Editor of Some of the Most Successful Writers of Our Century Shares His Craft Techniques and Strategies

Sol Stein, the author, is a well-respected author, editor, and lecturer on the craft of writing. He is quoted as saying, “the best reading experiences defy interruption,” which in essence, should be the main goal of every author – getting the reader to open the book, dive in, and refuse to stop turning pages until the very last word. Highly recommended!

I hope you’ve found these two “best writing books” posts helpful! You can find the first one here: Best Writing Books, Part 1.

What are your go-to writing books? I’d love to hear about your favorites!

~ Laura

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