My Favorite Writing Craft Books – Useful for Any Writer, in Any Genre!

Writing Craft Comic with Gil the Writer Fish — a comic I wrote as I dove into craft writing books. Author humor, I guess. 🙂

The famous (and beloved) writing craft books I spoofed above are:

  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
  • Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book On Novel Writing You’ll Ever Need by Jessica Brody
  • Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon
  • The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults by Cheryl Klein
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
  • Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg

I really wanted to include Story Genius by Lisa Cron…but couldn’t find a good pun for it! 🙂 As far as I know, there is still no book called Killer Hooks, but it’s a commonly used phrase within the writer’s community–the distilled form of the writing pitch, which will (hopefully) draw in readers–and editors.

You can see my full list of recommended craft writing books below.
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