Resource Books

I will update this list as I go. Most recently read books will always go to the top of their respective lists.

Books exploring what it is to be an author:

On Writing 
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
by Stephen King

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life 

 by Anne Lamott

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Writing Great Books for Young Adults: Everything You Need to Know, From Crafting the Idea to Landing a Publishing Deal
by Regina Brooks

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by Natalie Goldberg

Books for the youth writer:
(as in, 'I am a teenager and I want to write')

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Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook
by Anne Mazer 

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 by Gail Carson Levine

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What's Your Story: A Young Person's Guide to Writing Fiction
by Marion Dane Bauer

Exploring the craft of writing:

  Making Shapely Fiction by Jerome Stern


From Plot to Narrative by Elizabeth Ellis

New Well Tempered Sentence: A Punctuation Handbook for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed by Karen Elizabeth Gordon
(I'm such a sucker for these well-put-together and awesome book titles!)


by Blake Snyder

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Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies
by Blake Snyder

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Save the Cat! Strikes Back: More Trouble for Screenwriters to Get Into  by Blake Snyder
... you may ask, why screenwriter's guides? I'll tell you, because they really are that good.

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Story Structure Architect: A Writer's Guide to Building Dramatic Situations and Compelling Characters
by Victoria Schmidt  

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by Jordan Rosenfeld

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Spunk and Bite: A Writer's Guide to  Punchier, More Engaging Language and Style
by  Arthur Plotnik
Beware: This book could be dangerous in an overly zealous newbie-writer's hands. Wise advice I got from a friend, "Never reveal everything all at once, it's nice to have hidden treasures that are there to be discovered by those who are willing to take the walk"     

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   ...oooh, this one looks interesting: 
by Constance Hale

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Elements of Style
by E. B. White

Analytics and Theory:

Script and Text Analysis
by Katherine Farmer 

More information:
     (you'll have to wait for it, it's not published yet)
     ... really? Do I really need this? I just want to write my feelings, isn't that good enough? Simply put: No

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Story: Structure, Substance, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting
by Robert McKee

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Wired for Story: The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence
by Lisa Cron

Books I obsessively read:

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Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology
by Raymond Kurzweil

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Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution and the Birth of America
by Steven Johnson

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Short History of Nearly Everything
by Bill Bryson

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Pinball Effect: How Renaissance Water Gardens Made the Carburetor Possible, and other Journeys Through Knowledge
by James Burke

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Artist's Way
By Julie Cameron

More Books I enjoy:

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Freakonomics : A Rouge Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

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 SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitues, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
by Steven D. Levitt

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Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting it Right When You Have to
by Sian Beilock

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On Second Thought: Outsmarting  Your Mind's Hard-Wired Habits
by Wray Herbert 

Editing  / Book Recommendations

A collection of books I have either read or reviewed that teach editing, for both writers and editors of books. Not limited to recent publications only--I am a librarian after all. Many of these books are still available in libraries.

As an Editor, or an Author for Self-Education:

Chicago Manual of Style by Chicago University Press

Elements of Style by Strunk and White

Mostly for journalists and newsmen, but do check out chapter 8 for book editors that includes a great not-to-be-missed description on 'What is a Book Editor?'

 For Authors on Editing Themselves:

Practical, easy to read, and precise. Great for both beginning editors as well as authors.

On Writing Well by William Zinsser
Classic guide to writing non-fiction, and/or the informal guide to writing non-fiction. Good reference for clear, understandable and concise writing.

For Fun, Reference, and Authorial Education

Dictionary-style authority on grammar, usage, and style

Expand your language skills!

Writerly Non-Fiction I've read recently:

Robert Cormier: Daring to Disturb the Universe
by Patty Campbell

Presenting: S.E. Hinton
by Jay Daly
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Presenting: Avi
by Susan P. Bloom and Cathryn M. Mercier
Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews
by Sam Weller
The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy
edited by Leonard S. Marcus