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deannalee
October 24th, 2011, 03:39 PM
These are a list of books that I always recommend to both new and experienced writers:

Crafting Scenes by Raymond Obstfeld (http://www.amazon.com/Novelists-Essential-Guide-Crafting-Scenes/dp/0898799732/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_p?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319485066&sr=1-1)

Creating Plot by J. Madison Davis (http://www.amazon.com/Novelists-Essential-Guide-Creating-Essentials/dp/0898799848/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319484867&sr=1-1)

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne & Dave King (http://www.amazon.com/Self-Editing-Fiction-Writers-Second-Yourself/dp/0060545690/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319484894&sr=1-3)

Characters, Emotion and Viewpoint by Nancy Kress (http://www.amazon.com/Characters-Emotion-Viewpoint-Techniques-Viewpoints/dp/1582973164/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319484972&sr=1-1)

Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell (http://www.amazon.com/Plot-Structure-Techniques-Exercises-Crafting/dp/158297294X/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319484972&sr=1-2)

The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass (http://www.amazon.com/Fire-Fiction-Passion-Purpose-Techniques/dp/158297506X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1319485029&sr=1-1) (available on Kindle)
** Highly recommended read

sablegrey
October 24th, 2011, 04:34 PM
The first book about craft I ever read: What If (http://www.amazon.com/What-Writing-Exercises-Fiction-Writers/dp/0205616887/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1319488307&sr=8-3)

There is a good section about characterization that I found very helpful

-Sable