Books for Writers

Whether you're a novice or experienced writer, these books will help you write better stories.

Atomic Habits

James Clear

Atomic Habits will help you achieve any goal, big or small. With this book, you'll learn how to break bad habits and form good ones, change your environment to make success easier, and use tiny goals to achieve massive outcomes.

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

This ancient tome is packed with words and phrases from many famous phrases, allusions, and figures from history and mythology. Great for building prose and world building.

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Creating Character Arcs

K.M. Weiland

With this comprehensive guide, you'll learn everything you need to know about writing novels with powerful and engaging character arcs. Discover how to determine which arc is right for your character.

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Creativity, Inc.

Ed Catmull

Creativity, Inc. is a must-read for anyone who wants to harness their creativity and achieve success. This book provides an inside look at the making of some of the most successful films in history, and offers advice on how to foster creativity in your own life.

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How to Draw Fantasy Art and RPG Maps

Jared Blando

Bring your imaginary world to life with this comprehensive guide to drawing fantasy maps! Step-by-step instructions make it easy to create detailed and distinctive maps that will set the scene for adventure.

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Manage Your Day-to-Day

99U

Not only learn how to become a better time manager but also the way to maintain balance between your professional and personal life. This book doesn't promise any quick fixes or easy solutions—it teaches whole methods for achieving true productivity in each day.

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Negative Trait Thesaurus

Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

The Negative Trait Thesaurus is a brainstorming resource perfect for creating deep, flawed characters readers will relate to. Written in list format and fully indexed, this book is a must-have for any writer's toolkit.

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On Writing and Worldbuilding: Volume I

Timothy Hickson

A book for writers that discusses specific ideas relating to writing, from effective methods of delivering exposition and foreshadowing, to how communication, commerce, and control play into the fall of an empire.

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Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting

Robert McKee

The essential guide to writing screenplays that engage and captivate audiences. This comprehensive book explores the principles of story structure and character development that will help you create a powerful and successful screenplay.

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The Anatomy of Story

John Truby

A comprehensive tutorial covering the fundamentals of story examining each essential element and showing authors how to weave them seamlessly together to make an effective narrative.

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The Hero with a Thousand Faces

Joseph Campbell

In these pages, Campbell outlines the Hero’s Journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through virtually all of the world’s mythic traditions.

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The Writer's Journey - Mythic Structure for Writers

Christopher Vogler

Explore the universal patterns among the most memorable stories with the 12-steps of the Hero's Journey. Learn how you can use mythic structure to write better, more engaging stories.

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