Jo-Ann Carson

My Top Ten Go-To Books on Writing




                                                                                   One - The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
                                                                                  "One of the biggest problem areas for writers is conveying a character's                                                                                      emotions to the reader in a unique, compelling way. This book comes to                                                                                      the rescue by highlighting 75 emotions and listing the possible body                                                                                            language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for each.... " (Amazon)

                                                                                   Two - The Complete Writer's Guide to Heroes & Heroines by Tamu D.                                                                                                      Cowden, Caro LaFever, and Sue Viders

                                                                                  "All fiction writers want to write stories with great heroes and heroines-                                                                                  -characters who leap off the page and capture the reader's imagination.                                                                                       Heroic characters can be broken into sixteen archetypes ..." (Back                                                                                               blurb Amazon)

Three - Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
"This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who's proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat!" (Amazon)


Four - On Writing by Stephen King
 "... It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn't in the middle of the room. Life isn't a support-system for art. It's the other way around. (back blurb) Amazo

Five - Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t by Steven Pressfield
"There's a mantra that real writers know but wannabe writers don’t. And the secret phrase is this: NOBODY WANTS TO READ YOUR SH*T. Recognizing this painful truth is the first step in the writer's transformation from amateur to professional." (Amazon)


Six - Write. Publish. Repeat. by Platt Truant and Wright
" Write. Publish. Repeat is publishing for beginners and experienced writers alike. In 2013, Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt published 1.5 million words and made their full-time livings as indie authors. In Write. Publish. Repeat., they tell you exactly how they did it: how they created over 15 independent franchises across six publishing imprints and 100+ published works, how they turned their art into a logical, sustainable business, and how any author interested in indie publishing can do the same to build a sustainable, profitable career with their writing ...." (Amazon)

Seven - Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

"A warm, generous and hilarious guide through the writer's world and its treacherous swamps." --Los Angeles Times (Amazon)

Eight - The Right to Write by Julia Cameron
"What if everything we have been taught about learning to write was wrong? In The Right to Write, Julia Cameron's most revolutionary book, the author of the bestselling self-help guide The Artist's Way, asserts that conventional writing wisdom would have you believe in a false doctrine that stifles creativity." (Amazon)


Nine -Stein on Writing by Sol Stein
"This is not a book of theory. It is a book of useable solutions-- how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place." (Amazon)

Ten - The Chicago Manual of Style
This is the industry bible. "... the authoritative, trusted source that writers, editors, and publishers turn to for guidance on style and process...." (Amazon)