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Books for Writers

We invite you to explore some of the newest books on the craft on our Writer's Bookshelf. Here you'll find excerpts from essential titles written by such acclaimed authors and experts as Francine Prose, Lee Gutkind, Grammar Girl, and others. 

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My Bookstore by Ronald Rice (editor)

Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop

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The Creative Life: True Tales of Inspiration by Julia Cameron
Julia Cameron's passionate and inspiring guide to creating a life built around the creative process.

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Object Lessons: The Paris Review presents The Art of the Short Story by The Paris Review
Twenty contemporary authors introduce twenty sterling examples of the short story from the pages of The Paris Review.
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Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Writing by Constance Hale
Writers know it instinctively: Verbs make a sentence zing. Grammar gurus agree: Drama in writing emerges from the interplay of a subject (noun) and a predicate (verb). Constance Hale, the best-selling author of Sin and Syntax, zooms in on the colorful world of verbs.
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The Mindful Writer: Noble Truths of the Writing Life by Dinty W. Moore
Readers will turn to The Mindful Writer again and again as a source inspiration, guidance, and support.
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You Should Really Write a Book: How to Write, Sell, and Market Your Memoir by Regina Brooks and Brenda Lane Richardson

You Should Really Write a Book is essential reading for those wanting to write commercially viable memoirs in today’s vastly changed publishing industry.

 

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If You Want to Write: A Book About Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland
If You Want to Write, is Brenda Ueland's bestselling classic on the process of writing that has already inspired thousands to find their own creative center.
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The Last Word: Definitive Answers to All Your Screenwriting Questions by Tom Lazarus
A comprehensive, practical resource with over a hundred informative chapters that give the reader screenwriting techniques to raise the level of their writing and the marketability of their scripts. 
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Inside Creative Writing: Interviews With Contemporary Writers by Graeme Harper
 Designed with the needs of creative writers in mind, Graeme Harper explores both practice and process, asking authors questions about subjects ranging from motivation to creativity to drafting.
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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
Imagine knowing what the brain craves from every tale it encounters, what fuels the success of any great story, and what keeps readers transfixed. Wired for Story reveals these cognitive secrets—and it’s a game-changer for anyone who has ever set pen to paper.
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The Naked Author: A Guide to Self-publishing by Alison Baverstock
This how-to guide advises aspiring writers on how to tap into the world of self-publishing and channel their energy to handle the creative demands of their craft and gain confidence in managing the many business aspects of publishing.
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The Big Ten of Grammar: Identifying and Fixing the Ten Most Frequent Grammatical Errors by William Bradshaw
The Big Ten of Grammar is the perfect guide for students, teachers, and professionals to use in brushing up on their grammar.
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Grammar Girl's 101 Troublesome Words You'll Master In No Time by Mignon Fogarty
Millions of people around the world communicate better thanks to Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl, whose top-rated weekly grammar podcast has been downloaded more than 40 million times. Now she’s turning her attention to solving your worst problems—one troublesome word at a time.
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How to Blog a Book: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time by Nina Amir
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Sell Your Book Like Wildfire: The Writer's Guide to Marketing and Publicity by Rob Eager
Ignite your confidence to sell more books and make more money as an author. Whether you're a first-timer or an old-hand, self-published or traditionally published, a novelist or non-fiction writer, this is the only marketing guide you'll ever need.
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The Elements of Expression: Putting Thoughts into Words by Arthur Plotnik
More than ever in this completely updated edition, The Elements of Expression helps word users "light up the cosmos or the written page or the face across the table" as they seek the radiance of expressiveness—the vivid expression of thoughts, feelings, and observations.
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The Half-Known World: on Writing Fiction by Robert Boswell
In clear, charming prose, novelist Boswell delivers a satisfying exploration of the craft of writing fiction, drawing from an array of well-chosen examples.
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The Dictionary of Worthless Words: 3,000 Words to Stop Using Now by Dave Dowling
Recognizing the value of concise writing, this quick reference enables writers to conquer verbiage, strike pointless words and phrases, and elevate e-mails, essays, memoranda, personal letters, press releases, and speeches to a new level of clarity.
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Writing: A User Manual by David Hewson

All too often writers focus exclusively on 'what to write' rather than 'how'. This is a manual offering plain-language insight into the everyday mechanics of creating a book from hazy idea to finished manuscript.

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Writing Comedy by John Byrne

This updated edition of Writing Comedy, John Byrne breaks down the basics of writing comedy into simple steps and shows how to make the most of your writing talent and your ability to market that talent.

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Moving On: From Short Story to Novel a Step-by-Step guide by Della Galton

The follow-up to How To Write and Sell Short Stories, this step-by-step guide will help transform story writers into novelists.

 

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Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer
From the New York Times best-selling author of How We Decide comes a sparkling and revelatory look at the new science of creativity. Shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative “types,” Jonah Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. It’s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively.
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More Forensics and Fiction: Crime Writers' Morbidly Curious Questions Expertly Answered by D.P. Lyle M.D.
This compilation of medical and forensic science questions from crime writers around the world provides insight into medical and forensic science as well as a glimpse into the writer’s creative mind.
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The Travel Writer's Handbook: How to Write - and Sell - Your Own Travel Experiences by Jacqueline Harmon Butler and Louise Purwin Zobel
Veteran travel writer Jacqueline Harmon Butler shows readers, one step at a time, how to research, write, and sell travel articles--but most importantly, she details what makes a travel article a winner.
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The Story of English in 100 Words by David Crystal
The world's foremost expert on the English language takes us on an entertaining and eye-opening tour of the history of our vernacular through the ages.
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Spark: How Creativity Works by Julie Burstein
How did Richard Ford's cat influence his work as a novelist? HOW is Chuck Close's portraiture driven by his inability to remember faces? What pivotal moment helped Rosanne Cash understand the healing power of the stage?
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Publish Your Book: Proven Strategies and Resources for the Enterprising Author by Patricia Fry
Publish Your Book: Proven Strategies and Resources for the Enterprising Author is a professional guide to publishing success for the new and struggling author. With insider tips, up-to-date marketing strategies, timelines, and other resources, this book offers a comprehensive tour of the world of book publishing to help authors successfully navigate the industry.
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The Poetry Toolkit: For Readers and Writers by William Harmon
The Poetry Toolkit: For Readers and Writers provides students with the essential intellectual and practical tools necessary to read, understand, and write poetry.
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Beautiful and Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry by David Orr
In Beautiful & Pointless, award-winning critic David Orr provides a riveting tour of poetry as it actually exists today.
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Essayists on the Essay: Montaigne to Our Time by Carl H. Klaus and Ned Stuckey
Essayists on the Essay is a path-breaking work that is nothing less than a richly varied sourcebook for anyone interested in the theory, practice, and art of the essay.
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Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K. M. Weiland
Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success will reveal how the outline is one of the most powerful weapons in a writer’s arsenal.
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The Story Solution: 23 Actions All Great Heroes Must Take by Eric Edson
Eric Edson has developed a new tool for bringing depth and passion to any screenplay - the "23 Steps All Great Heroes Must Take."
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A Field Guide For Immersion Writing: Memoir, Journalism, and Travel by Robin Hemley
Considering various types of participatory writing as different strains of one style—immersion writing—Robin Hemley offers new perspectives and practical advice for writers of this nonfiction genre.
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Writing In Pictures: Screenwriting Made (Mostly) Painless by Joseph McBride
Writing in Pictures is a refreshingly practical and entertaining guide to screenwriting that provides what is lacking in most such books: a clear, step-by-step demonstration of how to write a screenplay.
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Grammar Girl's 101 Words Every High School Graduate Needs to Know by Mignon Fogarty

Millions of people around the world communicate better thanks to Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl. Now she’s turning her attention to improving our vocabulary—one word at a time.

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For Writers Only: Inspiring Thoughts on the Exquisite Pain and Heady Joy of the Writing Life from Its Great Practitioners by Sophy Burnham
In For Writer's Only, bestselling author and playwright, Sophy Burnham weaves the insights of some of the greatest writers with her own observations and experiences to provide inspiration and encouragement for writers everywhere.
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Plotto: The Master Book of All Plots by William Wallace Cook
A classic how-to manual, William Wallace Cook’s Plotto: The Master Book of All Plots is one writer’s personal method, painstakingly diagrammed for the benefit of others
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Writing the TV Drama Series (3rd ed.): How to Succeed as a Professional Writer in TV by Pamela Douglas

Whether you’re a screenwriter wanting to create an original series, a film school student aware that real careers are on television staffs, or a writer trying to break in, Writing For TV Drama Series is the complete guide to the unique craft of writing drama series for television.

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Vernacular Eloquence: What Speech Can Bring to Writing by
In Vernacular Eloquence, Peter Elbow reveals how writers can marshal the "wisdom of the tongue" to produce stronger, clearer, more natural writing.
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Now Write! Mysteries: Suspense, Crime, Thriller, and Other Mystery Fiction Exercieses from Today's Best Writers and Teachers by Sherry Ellis and Laurie Lamson
Now Write! Mysteries is a collection writing exercises from some of today's bestselling and award-winning mystery writers.
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The Prosperous Heart: Creating a Life of Enough by Julia Cameron and Emma Lively
A dynamic new creative-renewal program from the woman who has inspired millions to discover and recover their creative souls.
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Write-a-thon: Write your book in 26 days (and live to tell about it) by Rochelle Melander
In Write-a-thon: Write your book in 26 days (and live to tell about it) you'll learn how to find the focus, energy, and drive you need to startand finishyour book.
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The Story Within: New Insights and Inspiration for Writers by Laura Oliver

The Story Within: New Insights and Inspiration for Writers employs the compelling art of memoir to illuminate craft, providing fresh advice and clear instruction on the subject of writing.

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Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents: Who They Are! What They Want! How to Win Them Over! (22nd edition) by Jeff Herman

Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents: Who They Are! What They Want! How to Win Them Over! is now available in an updated 22st edition.

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Memo from the Story Department: Secrets of Structure and Character by Christopher Vogler and David McKenna
Memo From the Story Department: Secrets of Structure and Character offers a battery of story-generating engines and story-improving tools, and reliable methods tested on hundreds of Hollywood productions.
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Write What You Don't Know: An Accessible Manual for Screenwriters by Julian Hoxter

Write What You Don't Know is a friendly manual for aspiring screenwriters. It encourages you to move beyond your comfort zones in search of stories.

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The Inner Game of Screenwriting: 20 Winning Story Forms by Sandy Frank

What makes a movie or screenplay great has little to do with antagonists, sacred quests, or clever dialog. What matters is whether it has a well-structured and engaging Inner Game.

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Painless Grammar (Barron's Painless Series) by Rebecca Elliott
The thought of having to learn English grammar once turned brave high school students into cowards . . . but no more!

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Poetry in Person: Twenty-five Years of Conversation with America's Poets by Alexander Neubauer
There has never been a gathering like Poetry in Person, which brings us a wealth of understanding and unparalleled access to poets and their drafts, unraveling how a great poem is act.
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The 50 Funniest American Writers*: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion by Andy Borowitz
The 50 Funniest American Writers:An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion is an exclusive Who's Who of the very best American comic writing.
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Daily Muse: Writer's Diary 2012 Calendar by Workman Publishing
Daily Muse: Writer's Diary Calendar is a stylish week-at-a-glance planner that’s muse, encouragement and lively diversion for the writer, all year long. 
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The Liar's Bible: A Handbook for Fiction Writers by Lawrence Block

Four-time Edgar Award–winning author Lawrence Block’s definitive essay collection on the art of writing fiction.

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The New Yorker 2012 Desk Diary by

Stay organized with humor and style with The New Yorker 2012 Desk Diary.

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The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories by Christopher Booker
This remarkable and monumental book, The Seven Basic Plots, at last provides a comprehensive answer to the age-old riddle of whether there are only a small number of 'basic stories' in the world.
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Word Hero: A Fiendishly Clever Guide to Crafting the Lines that Get Laughs, Go Viral, and Live Forever by Jay Heinrichs
In Word Hero, Jay Heinrichs rescues the how-to of verbal artistry from cobwebbed textbooks and makes it entirely fresh – even a little mischievous. 
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On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner
John Gardner’s classic exploration of the creative processes and career paths of modern fiction writers — now available as an ebook
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Help! For Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces by Roy Peter Clark
In Help! For Writers, Roy Peter Clark presents an "owner's manual" for writers, outlining the seven steps of the writing process, and addressing the 21 most urgent problems that writers face.
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The Glamour of Grammar by Roy Peter Clark

The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English gives readers all the tools they need to perfect their use of English, to instill meaning, and to charm through their writing.

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The Screenwriter Within: New Strategies to Finish Your Screenplay & Get A Deal by D.B. Gilles
The Screenwriter Within, 2nd Edition, provides screenwriters with a crash course in the basics of what any Hollywood pro writer needs to know - how to get the deal!
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The Film Novelist: Writing a Script and Short Novel in 15 Weeks by Dennis Packard

The Film Novelist is the first primer on writing film novels— whether you are a beginning novelist, a seasoned writer wanting to cross over into script/novel writing, or a creative writing teacher looking for proven ways to launch new writers.

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Microstyle: The Art of Writing Little by Christopher Johnson
In this field guide for the age of the incredible shrinking message, Christopher Johnson eveals the once-secret knowledge of poets, copywriters, brand namers, political speechwriters, and other professional verbal miniaturists.
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How to Write It (Third Edition): A Complete Guide to Everything You'll Ever Write by Sandra E. Lamb

How to Write It, by Sandra E. Lamb, is the essential resource for writing eloquent personal and professional self-expression with clarity, confidence, and style.

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Playwriting For Dummies by Angelo Parra
Playwriting For Dummies helps any writer at any stage of the process hone their craft and create the most dramatic and effective pieces.
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How NOT to Write a Sitcom: 100 Mistakes to Avoid If You Ever Want to Get Produced by Marc Blake

Script mechanic and sitcom-writing instructor Marc Blake strips down the sitcom into its component parts and provides a one-of-a-kind how-to guide for aspiring writers and media professionals for one of the most difficult and demanding genres on TV.

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Story Craft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction by Jack Hart
Writers looking for guidance on reporting and writing true stories have had few places to turn for advice. Now in Storycraft, Jack Hart, a former managing editor of the Oregonian who guided several Pulitzer Prize–winning narratives to publication, delivers what will certainly become the definitive guide to the methods and mechanics of crafting narrative nonfiction.
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Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies by Deborah Halverson

Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies gives you tricks of the trade and proven tips on all the steps to write a YA book, from developing an idea to publication.

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Grammar Girl's 101 Misused Words You'll Never Confuse Again by Mignon Fogarty
Grammar Girl's 101 Misused Words You'll Never Confuse Again will help you speak and write with confidence.
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The Calling Card Script: A Writer's Toolbox for Screen, Stage and Radio by Paul Ashton

The “calling card” script is one that expresses your voice and gets you noticed and on your way to becoming an accomplished writer whose work is commissioned and put into production.

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The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction by Dean Young
In Dean Young’s sprawling and subversive first book of prose on poetry, imagination swerves into primitivism and surrealism and finally toward empathy. He explains how recklessness can guide the poet, the artist, and the reader into art, and how can it excite in us a sort of wild receptivity, beyond craft.
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The Memoir Project: A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life by Marion Roach Smith
While there have been other writing books, there's been nothing like Marion Roach Smith's The Memoir Project.  Her book is a disarmingly frank, but wildly fun, distillation of all the unsentimental lessons that teach you to write with purpose.
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The Lonely Voice: A Study of the Short Story by Frank O'Connor
The Lonely Voice offers a master class with the masterful Frank O'Connor
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Writing Subtext: What Lies Beneath by Linda Seger
Partly a how-to book, partly an exploration of this important topic, Writing Subtext explores all the underlying meanings that lie beneath the words, images, and actions in film, which are also applicable to any kind of fiction writing. 
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Talking About Detective Fiction by P.D. James
In a perfect marriage of author and subject, P. D. James—one of the most widely admired writers of detective fiction at work today—gives us a personal, lively, illuminating exploration of the human appetite for mystery and mayhem, and of those writers who have satisfied it.
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The Writing Book by Kate Grenville
The Writing Book doesn't just talk about how to write fiction; it takes the reader, step-by-step, through the process of doing it.
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You're Funny: Turn Your Sense of Humor into a Lucrative New Career by D.B. Gilles
You’re Funny! is the next best thing to being in a comedy writing class. It covers the different ways to earn a living as a comedy writer, including writing sitcoms, jokes for late night talk shows, parody, stand up, and screenwriting.
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The Script Selling Game- 2nd edition: A Hollywood Insider's Look at Getting Your Script Sold and Produced Second Edition by Kathie Fong Yoneda
The Script-Selling Game is like having a mentor in the business who answers your questions and provides you with not only valuable information, but real-life examples on how to maneuver your way through the Hollywood labyrinth.
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Next Word, Better Word: The Craft of Writing Poetry by Stephen Dobyns

Both enlightening and encouraging, Next Word, Better Word demystifies a subtle art form and shows writers how to overcome obstacles in the creative process.

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The Pun Also Rises by John Pollack
The Pun Also Rises: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Wordplay More Than Some Antics, is a former word pun champion's funny, erudite, and provocative exploration of puns, the people who make them, and this derided wordplay's remarkable impact on history.
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The Best Words by Robert Hartwell Fiske

The Best Words: More than 200 of the Most Excellent, Most Desirable, Most Suitable, Most Satisfying Words is a useful and engaging miscellany by the author of The Dictionary of Concise Writing

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The Book On Writing: The Ultimate Guide To Writing Well by Paula LaRocque
The Book On Writing by Paula LaRocque teaches the elements of good writing through the use of essential guidelines, literary techniques, and proper writing
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My Story Can Beat Up Your Story: Ten Ways to Toughen Up Your Screenplay from Opening Hook to Knockout Punch by Jeffrey Alan Schechter

Some things are worth fighting for.  Your career is one of them.  If you're going to make it in Hollywood, your script has to fight its way through the competition.  This book is your coach, cut man, and manager all rolled into one. 

 

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Lit From Within: Contemporary Masters on the Art and Craft of Writing by Kevin Haworth and Dinty Moore

Lit from Within offers creative writers a window into the minds of some of America’s most celebrated contemporary authors. Witty, direct, and thought-provoking, these essays offer something to creative writers of all backgrounds and experience.  

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Clear and Simple as the Truth: Writing Classic Prose (2nd Ed) by Francis Noel-Thomas and Mark Turner
For more than a decade, Clear and Simple as the Truth has guided readers to consider style not as an elegant accessory of effective prose but as its very heart.
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Write That Book Already! The Tough Love You Need to Get Published Now by Sam Barry and Kathi Kamen Goldmark
Write That Book Already! has everything you would ever want—and need—to know about the industry from the inside out.
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Writing Screenplays That Sell - New 20th Anniversary Edition by Michael Hauge
Michael Hauge's Writing Screenplays That Sell: The Complete Guide to Turning Story Concepts into Movie and Television Deals - New 20th Anniversary Edition is essential reading for every screenwriter.
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A Kite in the Wind: Fiction Writers on Their Craft by Andrea Barrett and Peter Turchi
Unlike a how-to book, A Kite in the Wind: Fiction Writers on Their Craft, is less an instruction manual than it is an intimate visit with twenty very different writers as they explore topics that excite, intrigue, and even puzzle them.
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Story Line: Finding Gold in Your Life Story by Jennifer Grisanti

Story Line: Finding Gold in Your Life Story is a practical and spiritual guide to drawing upon your own story and fictionalizing it into your writing.

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I Is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How It Shapes the Way We See the World by James Geary
For lovers of language and fans of Blink and Freakonomics, New York Times bestselling author James Geary offers this fascinating look at metaphors and their influence in every aspect of our lives, from art to medicine, psychology to the stock market.
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Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book by Sean Manning
Lovers of the printed book, arise! Thirty of today’s top writers are here to tell you you’re not alone.
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Book Proposals & Query Letters by Marilyn Allen and Coleen O'Shea
Written by two literary agents, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Book Proposals & Query Letters is essential reading for any fiction or nonfiction writer seeking publication.
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How To Write A Sentence by Stanley Fish
In this entertaining and erudite gem, Fish offers both sentence craft and sentence pleasure, skills invaluable to any writer (or reader).
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Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer (2nd Ed.) by Moira Allen

Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer, (2nd Ed.), demystifies the process of becoming a writer and gives aspiring writers all the tools they need to become successful freelance writers, get their names in print, and start earning a healthy income from writing.

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Writing for Others, Writing for Ourselves: Telling Stories in an Age of Blogging by Jerry Lanson
Using a narrative thread that ties practical advice to his personal experience as a professor, reporter, and blogger, Jerry Lanson fills his book on nonfiction story telling with time-proven techniques to beat writer's block and hone the skills necessary to write well.
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Unless It Moves the Human Heart: The Craft and Art of Writing by Roger Rosenblatt
Unless It Moves the Human Heart is a deeply felt and impassioned plea for the necessity of writing in our lives.
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Riding the Alligator by Pen Densham
Riding the Alligator: Strategies for a Career in Screenplay Writing (and not getting eaten) is the first book that explores both specific screenplay writing techniques, while simultaneously imparting industry-tested strategies for carving out a successful, long term career.
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The Well-Spoken Thesaurus: The Most Powerful Ways to Say Everyday Words and Phrases by Tom Heehler
The Well-Spoken Thesaurus is your guide to eloquence, replacing ordinary words with extraordinary ones.
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Now Write! Screenwriting by Sherry Ellis and Laurie Lamson

Now Write! Screenwriting: ScreenwritingExercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers is an essential handbook featuring never-before-published writing exercises from acclaimed screenwriters.

 

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My Reading Life by Pat Conroy

Bestselling author Pat Conroy acknowledges the books that have shaped him and celebrates the profound effect reading has had on his life.

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Read This Next by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman

Read This Next:500 of the Best Books You'll Ever Read is the wickedly smart, faithful, and attractive partner you’ve always dreamed would bring you true and lasting reading happiness.

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Sol Stein's Reference Book for Writers by Sol Stein
Sol Stein's Reference Book for Writers is "a first-rate reference for all kinds of writers but especially for those new to the business"Booklist
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Be a Brilliant Business Writer by Jane Curry and Diana Young
Be a Brilliant Business Writer: Write Well, Write Fast, and Whip the Competition by Jane Curry and Diana Young. Leverage the power of effective writing.
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Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents 2011 by Jeff Herman

Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents: Who They Are! What They Want! How to Win Them Over! is now available in an updated 21st edition.

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The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry
The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It...Successfully! by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry
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Common Phrases...and the Amazing Stories Behind Them by Max Cryer
Common Phrases...and the Amazing Stories Behind Them by Max Cryer. For anyone who loves language, this new book will “take the cake.”
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Literary Miscellany: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Literature by Alex Palmer
Behind-the-book stories and facts about authors, publishing, and everything literary.
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A Working Writer's Daily Planner 2011 by
A Working Writer’s Daily Planner 2011 makes it easy for writers to keep track of the practical, business end so that they can pay more attention to the real work of writing.
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The Nighttime Novelist: Finish Your Novel in Your Spare Time by Joseph Bates
If you find yourself among them, stealing moments late at night, early in the morning, or on your lunch break to write, The Nighttime Novelist is your guide to finishing your novel in your spare time.
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Architecture of the Novel: A Writer's Handbook by Jane Vandenburgh
Profoundly practical yet encouraging to writers at all levels, Architecture of the Novel offers the maps and mechanics to successfully guide writers toward the story that must be told.
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Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English by Patricia T. O'Conner
Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English has been called "possibly the most popular book on grammar ever published." Now the witty bestseller is available in an updated and expanded third edition.
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It was the best of sentences, it was the worst of sentences by June Casagrande
It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences: A Writer's Guide to Crafting Killer Sentences is an innovative and lighthearted guide—an indispensable champion of anyone who’s dead serious about writing.
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Will Write for Food (2nd ed.) by Dianne Jacob
This new edition of Will Write for Food is the must-have for every foodie who wants to put pen to page—or hands to keyboard.
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The Accidents of Style: Good Advice on How Not to Write Badly by Charles Harrington Elster
If you want to get on the road to writing well, The Accidents of Style: Good Advice on How Not to Write Badly will help you drive home what you want to say.
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The Art of Description by Mark Doty
The Art of Description is an invaluable book by one of America’s most revered writers and teachers.
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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft: 10th Anniversary Edition by Stephen King

A special 10th anniversary edition of Stephen King's critically lauded, million-copy bestseller about the craft of writing.

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The Yahoo! Style Guide by  Yahoo!

The Yahoo! Style Guide: The Ultimate Sourcebook for Writing, Editing, and Creating Content for the Digital World

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179 Ways to Save a Novel by Peter Selgin
Looking for ways to fix your novel? Let this book be your guide. You'll discover helpful ideas for troubleshooting your novel through insights gleaned from a life of reading, writing and loving literature.
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The Weekend Novelist Rewrites the Novel: A Step-by-Step Guide to Perfecting Your Work by Robert J. Ray
This follow-up to the bestselling The Weekend Novelist will guide writers of all levels through the next phase in crafting their novel: the rewrite.
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There's a Word for It: The Expolosion of the American Language Since 1900 by Sol Steinmetz

"Decade-by-decade snapshots from prolific lexicographer Steinmetz explain amazing American English-language vocabulary growth since 1900."  - Library Journal

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How to Write a Damn Good Thriller: A Step-by-Step Guide for Novelists and Screenwriters by James N. Frey
James N. Frey's book will help the aspiring novelist or screenwriter to design, draft, write, and polish a thriller that is sure to grab readers.
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Wordcatcher: An Odyssey Into the World of Weird and Wonderful Words by Phil Cousineau

The world's preeminent mythology scholar explores the mystery and meaning of marvelous words in Wordcatcher: An Odyssey Into the World of Weird and Wonderful Words.

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The Secret Miracle: The Novelist's Handbook by Daniel Alarcon
The world’s best contemporary writers—from Michael Chabon and Claire Messud to Jonathan Lethem and Amy Tan—engage in a wide-ranging, insightful, and oft-surprising roundtable discussion on the art of writing fiction.
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Write Starts: Prompts, Quotes, and Exercises to Jumpstart Your Creativity by Hal Zina Bennett
In this handy resource, practiced and aspiring writers alike find daily inspiration and initiative in the form of short prompts, story beginnings, readings with exercises and more.
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The Maeve Binchy Writers' Club by Maeve Binchy
Author Maeve Binchy shares her unique insight to how a best selling author writes: from finding a subject and creating good writing habits to sustaining progress and seeking a publisher.
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R is for Rhyme: A Poetry Alphabet by Judy Young
This picture book features a delightful collection of poems to illustrate poetic tools, terms and techniques.
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Is Life Like This? A Guide to Writing Your First Novel in Six Months by John Dufresne
This smart, practical, hard-nosed guide by John Dufresne is for the person who has always wanted to write a novel but has been daunted by the sometimes chaotic, always challenging writing process.
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Dictionary of Modern English Usage: The Classic First Edition by Henry Fowler

No book had more influence on twentieth-century writers of English than Henry Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage. Now Oxford is bringing back the original long-out-of-print first edition of this beloved work, enhanced with a new introduction by one of today's leading experts on the language, David Crystal

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Writers and Their Notebooks by Diana M. Raab
This collection of essays by well-established professional writers explores how their notebooks serve as their studios and workshops and celebrates the notebook as a vital tool in a writer's personal and literary life. Edited by Diana M Raab with a foreword by Phillip Lopate.
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Page Fright: Foibles and Fetishes of Famous Writers by Harry Bruce
A witty round-up of the foibles and fetishes of famous writers.
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The Making of a Story by Alice LaPlante
In Alice LaPlante's The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing, a beloved writing teacher compiles fifteens years of her expertise, exercises, and examples in a new primer for creative writers on the art of fiction and nonfiction.
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S is for Story: A Writer's Alphabet by Esther Hershenshorn
S is for Story: A Writer's Alphabet, is a picture book that uses the alphabet to help explain, explore, and examine the tools, techniques, and strategies for those hoping to live the literary life.
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A Working Writer's Daily Planner by Small Beer Press
A Working Writer's Daily Planner 2010 makes it easy for writers to keep track of the practical, business end of their writing so that they can pay more attention to the creative work instead.
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Memoir: A History by Ben Yagoda
Yagoda's elegant examination of memoir is at once a history of literature and taste, and an absorbing glimpse into what humans find interesting-one another.
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The Paris Review Interviews, Volume IV by The Paris Review
This critically acclaimed series continues with another eclectic lineup, including Philip Roth, Ezra Pound, Haruki Murakami, Marilynne Robinson, Stephen Sondheim, E. B. White, Maya Angelou, William Styron, and others.
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The Play That Changed My Life: Americas Foremost Playwrights on the Plays That Influenced Them by Edited by Ben Hodges

The Play That Changed My Life offers readers a unique peek into the theatrical influences of some of the nation's most important dramatists.

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Mentors, Muses & Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives by Elizabeth Benedict
Musings-about-muses, accompanied by juicy tales from deep inside the writing life, by 30 of the best minds of our generation.
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The Grammar Devotional by Mignon Fogarty

Grammar Girl serves up 365 tips for successful writing that are sure to engage and inspire in a tip-of-the-day devotional.

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The Lexicographer's Dilemma: The Evolution of 'Proper' English, from Shakespeare to South Park by Jack Lynch

For language buffs and lexicographers, copy editors and proofreaders, and anyone who appreciates the connection between language and culture—the illuminating story of “proper English.”

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The Secret Life of Words by Henry Hitchings
The Secret Life of Words, by Henry Hitchings, is a wide-ranging account not only of the history of English language and vocabulary, but also of how words witness history, reflect social change, and remind us of our past.
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Clean, Well-Lighted Sentences by Janis Bell
Long overdue: a clear, good-humored discussion targeting only the most common errors in American sentences—nothing more.
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Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks
Writing Great Books for Young Adults: Everything You Need To Know, From Crafting the Idea to Landing a Publishing Deal by YA literary agent Regina Brooks.
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Bang the Keys by Jill Dearman
Bang the Keys: Four Steps to a Lifelong Writing Process will help you finish your work in four easy steps with an explosion of inspiration.
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The Lost Origins of the Essay by John D'Agata
John D'Agata leaves no tablet unturned in his exploration of the roots of the essay.
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Origins of the Specious by Patricia T. O'Conner and Stewart Kellerman
Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language will be the toast of grammarphiles and the salvation of grammarphobes.
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Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Writing by Don George

Written by established travel writers and bursting with invaluable advice, this inspiring and practical guide is a must for anyone who has ever yearned to turn their travels into saleable tales.

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The Word Snoop by Ursula Dubosarsky
For younger readers, The Word Snoop is definitive proof that words can spark the imagination and are anything but dull.
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Who's Writing This? by Daniel Halpern
Who's Writing This? Fifty-five Writers on Humor, Courage, Self-Loathing, and the Creative Process by Daniel Halpern is a collection of personal essays from fifty-five world-renowned writers.
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The Elements of Story by Francis Flaherty

The Elements of Story: Field Notes on Nonfiction Writing by Francis Flaherty, a New York Times editor, provides essential advice on style, grammar, and story design.

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The Art of Time In Fiction by Joan Silber
Using wide-ranging examples from F. Scott Fitzgerald, Chinua Achebe, and Arundhati Roy, among others, to illustrate five key ways in which time unfolds in fiction, Silber elucidates a tricky but vital aspect of the art of fiction.
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The Art of Syntax: Rhythm of Thought, Rhythm of Song by Ellen Bryant Voigt
With intelligence and precision, Ellen Bryant Voigt parses out the deft and alluring shape of poetic language in The Art of Syntax.
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Fearless Confessions by Sue William Silverman

Everyone has a story to tell. Fearless Confessions is a guidebook for people who want to take possession of their lives by putting their experiences down on paper—or in a Web site or e-book.

 

 

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The Writer's Notebook: Craft Essays from Tin House by Tin House
The Writer's Notebook: Craft Essays from Tin House combines the best craft seminars in the history of the Tin House Summer Writer's Workshop.
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The Dramatic Writer's Companion by Will Dunne
The Dramatic Writer's Companion: Tools to Develop Characters, Cause Scenes, and Build Stories by Will Dunne.
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Naked, Drunk, and Writing by Adair Lara

Naked, Drunk, and Writing: Shed Your Inhibitions and Craft a Compelling Memoir or Personal Essay is a must-have if you are an aspiring columnist, essayist, or memoirist—or just a writer who needs a bit of help in getting your story told.

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Novel Ideas by Barbara Shoup and Margaret-Love Denman
Novel Ideas provides a substantial introduction to the elements of fiction followed by in-depth interviews with successful novelists.
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Brave New Words by Jeff Prucher
Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction charts the intersection between classic science fiction and modern language. Winner of a 2008 Hugo Award.
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Old Friends from Far Away by Natalie Goldberg
Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir guides you to the attentive state of thought in which you discover and open forgotten doors of memory.
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Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within by Kim Addonizio

Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within provides a fresh, inspiring instructional approach to writing poetry for the beginner as well as the more experienced poet seeking renewal.

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The Perfect Pitch (Second Edition) by Ken Rotcop

The Perfect Pitch: How to Sell Yourself and Your Movie Idea to Hollywood by Ken Rotcop shows you how to make the most of your sales presentation and get your project sold.

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The Billboard Guide to Writing Songs That Sell by Eric Beall
In this book, aspiring songwriters can learn how to construct the kind of hit songs that open doors, create careers, and connect with listeners around the world.
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On Writing Romance by Leigh Michaels
In On Writing Romance, award-winning romance novelist Leigh Michaels talks you through each stage of the writing and publishing process.
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Alphabet Juice by Roy Blount Jr.
In Alphabet Juice, Roy Blount Jr. celebrates the electricity, the juju, the sonic and kinetic energies, of letters and their combinations to derive an organic take on language that is unlike, and more fun than, any other.
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The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging by
The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging covers everything you want to know about blogging, but didn't know who to ask.
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Small Screen, Big Picture by Chad Gervich
Small Screen, Big Picture: A Writer’s Guide to the TV Business, by TV producer and writer Chad Gervich, provides a hands-on guide through the complex, shape-shifting world of television.
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Common Errors in English Usage (2nd ed.) by Paul Brians

Common Errors in English Usage is a definitive, timeless book that has a place on the bookshelf (or nightstand—it’s that good) of anyone who loves to read, write, or discuss English.

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The Paris Review Interviews: Volume III by Peter Gourevitch
An indispensable treasure of wisdom from the world's literary masters.
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Things That Make Us [Sic] by Martha Brockenbrough
Martha Brockenbrough's Things That Make Us [Sic] is a laugh-out-loud guide to grammar and language.
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The Autobiographer's Handbook by Jennifer Traig
In The Autobiographer's Handbook, dozens of the world's best memoirists explain their methods, struggles, inspirations, and strategies.
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Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing by Mignon Fogarty
Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing makes grammar fun and easy.
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How Fiction Works by James Wood
In the traditions of E. M. Forster's Aspects of the Novel and Strunk and White's The Elements of Style, How Fiction Works takes the reader through the basic elements of the art, step by step.
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How Not to Write a Novel by Sandra Newman
As funny as it is useful, this essential how-NOT-to guide will help you get your manuscript out of the slush pile and into the bookstore.
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Semantic Antics: How & Why Words Change Meaning by Sol Steinmetz

In Semantic Antics, lexicographer Sol Steinmetz takes readers on a fascinating journey to learn how hundreds of words have evolved from their first meaning to the meanings used today.

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Keep It Real by Lee Gutkind
Keep It Real: Everything You Need to Know About Researching and Writing Creative Nonfiction is a succinct but rich compendium of ideas, terms, and techniques, that will clarify the ins and outs of writing creative nonfiction.

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The Soul of Creative Writing by Richard Goodman
Richard Goodman's book The Soul of Creative Writing is an indispensable source of creative inspiration and instruction.
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Naming the World by Bret Anthony Johnston
Brimming with imaginative springboards and hands-on exercises, Naming the World, has everything you need to become a stronger, more inventive writer.
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When You Catch an Adjective, Kill It by Ben Yagoda
What do you get when you mix the nine parts of speech, one great writer, and a generous dash of humor, insight, and irreverence?
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The Art of Time In Memoir by Sven Birkerts
Respected critic Birkerts has written an insightful appreciation of the memoir form, works that occupy a growing... place in our literary culture.
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The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler
In 1993, The Writer's Journey became one of the most popular books on writing of the last fifty years. Now, the third edition provides new insights and observations from Vogler's pioneering work in mythic structure for writers.
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Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing by Elmore Leonard
For aspiring writers and lovers of the written word, this concise guide breaks down the writing process with simplicity and clarity.
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The Paris Review Interviews: Volume II by Philip Gourevitch

An indispensable treasury of wisdom and insight from the literary masters of our age.

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The Virginia Woolf Writers' Workshop by Danell Jones

In this brilliantly imagined book, author Danell Jones mines the diaries, essays, correspondence, and fiction of a literary legend to create an unforgettable master class in the art of writing.

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A Writer's Coach by Jack Hart
From one of the most acclaimed writing coaches in America—a man who has coached reporters to Pulitzer Prize-winning success—comes an indispensable guide to making your nonfiction writing more coherent, precise, and powerful.
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The Artful Edit by Susan Bell
An intimate, lively guide on the practice of editing yourself by veteran editor and writer, Susan Bell.
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This Year You Write Your Novel by Walter Mosley
Author Walter Mosley shares "all I know about writing, and rewriting, fiction" in This Year You Write Your Novel.
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Spunk & Bite by Arthur Plotnik
Today's writers need more than just a solid knowledge of usage and composition to get ahead -- they need Spunk & Bite.
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Writing to Change the World by Mary Pipher

Practical instruction and inspirational commentary on the power of good writing from Dr. Mary Pipher.

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Spellbound by James Essinger
The surprising origins and astonishing secrets of English spelling are revealed by author James Essinger.
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A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation by Noah Lukeman
A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation is a necessity for creative writers as well as for anyone looking to make punctuation their friend instead of their mysterious foe.
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The TV Writer's Workbook by Ellen Sandler

In this unique guide, writer/producer Ellen Sandler shares the secrets she learned while writing for hit shows like Everybody Loves Raymond and Coach.

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By Cunning & Craft by Peter Selgin
Writing successful fiction is a balance between trusting one's own instincts and making the right conscious choices.
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The Paris Review Interviews: Volume 1 by Philip Gourevitch
The Paris Review has elicited some of the most revelatory and revealing thoughts from the literary masters of our age.
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Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose
The perfect writer's companion from Francine Prose.
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Far from the Madding Gerund and Other Dispatches from Language Log by Mark Liberman and Geoffrey K. Pullum
Insightful and amusing material from Language Log, the site where professional linguists go to have fun.
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Word Fugitives by Barbara Wallraff
Word Fugitives: In Pursuit of Wanted Words is the ultimate gathering of recreational word coinages -- celebrating those words and phrases that should be in the dictionary but have eluded popular usage.
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Pen On Fire by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett
"DeMarco-Barrett knows the writerly type. Her book perfectly combines inspiration and practical advice, with the premise that anyone can find 15 minutes a day to become the writer he or she always wanted to be." - Library Journal
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The Forest for the Trees by Betsy Lerner
The Forest for the Trees: An Editor's Advice to Writers by Betsy Lerner - now revised and updated for the 21st Century.
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Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee

In Story, McKee expands on the concepts he teaches in his seminars (considered a must by industry insiders), providing readers with the most comprehensive, integrated explanation of the craft of writing for the screen. 

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