First, this will allow me to post more often, because recommendations like these are easier to write than my usual posts (I’m getting a lot of really tough questions lately!). Second, I started this blog so that my students could have access to a lot of what I taught them in writing – and I always find myself recommending a writing book or another to them.
I’ve decided to start with a favorite of mine, Writing 21st Century Fiction by Donald Maass. Donald Mass is head of the Donald Maass Literary Agency, a top of the line literary agency that represents a lot great authors. He has written nearly a half-dozen other writing books, all of which are on my TBR pile after reading this one.
I should start by saying that this is NOT the very first book you should ever read on the art of writing fiction. It is, however, the best book I have read on the subject. It skips over the basics, going directly into, as the subtitle promises, “High-impact techniques for exceptional storytelling”. What it teaches you to do is to fine-tune your writing in every major aspect: character development, dialogue, description and exposition… everything. I highly recommend it!