Who – Me? Write Fiction? Best Books for Writing Fiction
Guest post by Jocelyn Green
I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember. But up until recently, it’s been solely nonfiction. So when I first got the bug to try writing a novel, the first thing I did was write to my fiction-writing friends and call my agent.
“Am I crazy?” I asked. “Can I possibly make the switch from nonfiction to fiction? Because if you tell me it will never work, I’ll put the idea out of my head right now and just stick with what I know.”
I meant it.
But they all said the same thing. “If you want to write fiction, write fiction. If you can write, you can write fiction. You already know how to tell a story. Everything you need to know about telling a fictional story can be learned.”
They meant it too.
And so it began. I polled my favorite authors about their favorite books on the craft, consulted Writer’s Digest for their top picks, and spent a small fortune learning how to spin a tale. I’m still learning, but at least now I have one novel under my belt—or almost. (Wedded to War comes out in July.)
So I’d like to share with you the best books I’ve found on writing fiction. (I’m sure there are more, but these are the ones in my stack so far.) In no particular order, they are:
Getting into Character by Brandlilyn Collins
The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler
Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schmidt
20 Master Plots and How to Build Them by Ronald B. Tobias
90 Days to Your Novel by Sarah Domet
From First Draft to Finished Novel by Karen S. Wiesner
Make a Scene by Jordan E. Rosenfeld
Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass
How to Write and Sell a Christian Novel by Gilbert Morris
The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass
Self-editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King
Have you found other great books on writing fiction? If so, I’d love to hear about them.