Great Books For Writers (From Plot To Character)

Is there a writer in your life? Check out our list of great books for writers below.

Great Books For Writers

From Plot and Structure To Character and Setting

Creating Character Arcs 

by K.M. Weiland 

The Masterful Author’s Guide to Uniting Story Structure

Powerful Character Arcs Create Powerful Stories Have you written a story with an exciting concept and interesting characters—but it just isn’t grabbing the attention of readers or agents? It’s time to look deeper into the story beats that create realistic and compelling character arcs. Internationally published, award-winning novelist K.M. Weiland shares her acclaimed method for achieving memorable and moving character arcs in every book you write. By applying the foundation of the Three-Act Story Structure and then delving even deeper into the psychology of realistic and dynamic human change, Weiland offers a beat-by-beat checklist of character arc guidelines that flexes to fit any type of story. This comprehensive book will teach you:

  • How to determine which arc—positive, negative, or flat—is right for your character.
  • Why you should NEVER pit plot against character. Instead, learn how to blend story structure and character development.
  • How to recognize and avoid the worst pitfalls of writing novels without character arcs.
  • How to hack the secret to using overarching character arcs to create amazing trilogies and series.
  • And much more!

Gaining an understanding of how to write character arcs is a game-changing moment in any author’s pursuit of the craft. Bring your characters to unforgettable and realistic life—and take your stories from good to great!

 

The Emotional Wound Thesaurus

by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi

A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma

Readers connect to characters with depth, ones who have experienced life’s ups and downs. To deliver key players that are both realistic and compelling, writers must know them intimately—not only who they are in the present story, but also what made them that way. Of all the formative experiences in a character’s past, none are more destructive than emotional wounds. The aftershocks of trauma can change who they are, alter what they believe, and sabotage their ability to achieve meaningful goals, all of which will affect the trajectory of your story. Identifying the backstory wound is crucial to understanding how it will shape your character’s behavior, and The Emotional Wound Thesaurus can help. Inside, you’ll find: • A database of traumatic situations common to the human experience • An in-depth study on a wound’s impact, including the fears, lies, personality shifts, and dysfunctional behaviors that can arise from different painful events • An extensive analysis of character arc and how the wound and any resulting unmet needs fit into it • Techniques on how to show the past experience to readers in a way that is both engaging and revelatory while avoiding the pitfalls of info dumps and telling • A showcase of popular characters and how their traumatic experiences reshaped them, leading to very specific story goals • A Backstory Wound Profile tool that will enable you to document your characters’ negative past experiences and the aftereffects Root your characters in reality by giving them an authentic wound that causes difficulties and prompts them to strive for inner growth to overcome it. With its easy-to-read format and over 100 entries packed with information, The Emotional Wound Thesaurus is a crash course in psychology for creating characters that feel incredibly real to readers.

 

Make A Scene

by Jordan E. Rosenfield

Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time

The definitive guide to writing scenes–now revised and expanded!

Scenes are the building blocks for any work of fiction–the DNA sequence that makes a novel un-put-downable and unforgettable. When writers are able to craft effective, engaging scenes, they can develop a complete, cohesive story–and a mesmerizing experience for readers.

Make a Scene Revised and Expanded Edition takes you step-by-step through the elements of strong scene construction and demonstrates how the essential aspects of a compelling story–including character, plot and dramatic tension–function within the framework of individual scenes to give momentum to the whole narrative. You’ll learn how to:

  • Craft an opening scene that hooks readers and foreshadows conflict.
  • Develop various scene types–from contemplative to suspenseful to flashback–that are distinct and purposeful.
  • Establish characters’ intentions within a scene that drive the plot.
  • Transition into new scenes by clearly establishing details of setting, character, and point of view.
  • Create resonating climactic and final scenes that stay with readers long after they’ve finished your story.

The revised and expanded edition includes brand-new examples, an increased focus on advancing plot and character development, and the same knowledge and clarity that writers have come to expect from Jordan RosenfeldMake a Scene is an essential part of any novelist’s library–make sure it’s in yours.

The Power of Point of View

by Alicia Rasley
Make Your Story Come To Life
Every Character Has a Voice

Point of view isn’t just an element of storytelling–when chosen carefully and employed consistently in a work of fiction, it is the foundation of a captivating story.

It’s the character voice you can hear as clearly as your own. It’s the unique worldview that intrigues readers–persuading them to empathize with your characters and invest in their tale. It’s the masterful concealing and revealing of detail that keeps pages turning and plots fresh. It’s the hidden agenda that makes narrators complicated and compelling.

It’s also something most writers struggle to understand. In The Power of Point of View, RITA Award-winning author Alicia Rasley first teaches you the fundamentals of point of view (POV)–who is speaking, why, and what options work best within the conventions of your chosen genre. Then, she takes you deeper to explain how POV functions as a crucial piece of your story–something that ultimately shapes and drives character, plot, and every other component of your fiction.

Through comprehensive instruction and engaging exercises, you’ll learn how to:

  • choose a point of view that enhances your characters and plots and encourages reader involvement
  • navigate the levels of a character’s point of view, from objective viewing to action to emotion
  • craft unusual perspectives, including children, animal narrators, and villains

A story changes depending on who’s telling it, and The Power of Point of View will help you determine which of your characters can make your story come to life.

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Deanna Lynn

Deanna Lynn is the founder and lead blogger/reviewer of Okie Dreams.com. She reads widely, laughs often, and loves to talk about books, music, movies, TV shows, writing, and this confusing thing called life.

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