Many a handyman will say that without their toolbox, the work can’t be done. Writers are the same. We fill our toolbox with a variety of tools. We may pick these up at conferences, writing groups, or even blogs (wink, wink). Some of my favorite places to find those gems are books. Great writing books help me look at my writing in a whole different light.
The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. I use this book most frequently and keep it at my desk when writing. Definitely a must have. They also have several others that are worth purchasing.
James Scott Bell has so many great books on writing it was hard for me to pick only one, so I didn’t.
How to Write Dazzling Dialogue: The Fasted Way to Improve Any Manuscript
Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need by Black Synder. While about screenwriting, this book covers essential elements on storytelling that every author can use.
Story Engineering by Larry Brooks has a great comprehension books on the essential building blocks of a story.
I’m in the middle of another craft book, so this list may grow. Do you have any that I have missed? Please let me know.