Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fiction Writing Reference - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Fiction Writing Reference. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Burn After Writing (Pink)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fiction Writing Reference - August 2021

The national bestseller.   Write. Burn. Repeat. Now with new covers to match whatever mood you’re in. "This book has made me laugh and cry, filled me with joy, and inspired me." - TikTok user camrynbanks Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat, TikTok, VSCO, YouTube...the world has not only become one giant feed, but also one giant confessional. Burn After Writing allows you to spend less time scrolling and more time self-reflecting. Through incisive questions and thought experiments, this journal helps you learn new things while letting others go. Imagine instead of publicly declaring your feelings for others, you privately declared your feelings for yourself? Help your heart by turning off the comments and muting the accounts that drive you into jealousy for a few moments a night. Whether you are going through the ups and downs of growing up, or know a few young people who are, you will flourish by finding free expression--even if through a few tears! Push your limits, reflect on your past, present, and future, and create a secret book that's about you, and just for you. This is not a diary, and there is no posting required. And when you're finished, toss it, hide it, or Burn After Writing.

  • Author: Sharon Jones
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group (October 27, 2020)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-0593329917
  • Dimensions: 5.31 x 0.37 x 8 inches

                 

2. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fiction Writing Reference - August 2021

An essential volume for generations of writers young and old,  Bird by Bird  is a modern classic. This twenty-fifth anniversary edition will continue to spark creative minds for years to come. For a quarter century, more than a million readers—scribes and scribblers of all ages and abilities—have been inspired by Anne Lamott’s hilarious, big-hearted, homespun advice. Advice that begins with the simple words of wisdom passed down from Anne’s father—also a writer—in the iconic passage that gives the book its title:   “Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, ‘Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.’”

  • Author: Anne Lamott
  • Publisher: Anchor; 1st edition (September 1, 1995)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-0385480017
  • Dimensions: 5.19 x 0.72 x 7.98 inches

                 

3. The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fiction Writing Reference - August 2021

You know the authors' names. You recognize the title. You've probably used this book yourself. This is The Elements of Style, the classic style manual, now in a fourth edition. A new Foreword by Roger Angell reminds readers that the advice of Strunk & White is as valuable today as when it was first offered. This book's unique tone, wit and charm have conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. Use the fourth edition of "the little book" to make a big impact with writing.

  • Author: William Strunk Jr.
  • Publisher: Pearson; 4th edition (July 23, 1999)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-0205309023
  • Dimensions: 7 x 4.5 x 0.3 inches

                 

4. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fiction Writing Reference - August 2021

Twentieth Anniversary Edition with Contributions from Joe Hill and Owen King Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy best seller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work. “Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing . Part memoir, part master class by one of the best-selling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999 - and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who listens to it - fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.  The 20th-anniversary audio edition includes Owen King reading his essay, “Recording Audiobooks for My Dad, Stephen King”, and a recorded conversation with Joe Hill and Stephen King.

  • Author: Stephen King
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides, Publishing & Books, Authorship

                 

5. Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations,: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fiction Writing Reference - August 2021

When Kate L. Turabian first put her famous guidelines to paper, she could hardly have imagined the world in which today’s students would be conducting research. Yet while the ways in which we research and compose papers may have changed, the fundamentals remain the same: writers need to have a strong research question, construct an evidence-based argument, cite their sources, and structure their work in a logical way. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations —also known as “Turabian”—remains one of the most popular books for writers because of its timeless focus on achieving these goals. This new edition filters decades of expertise into modern standards. While previous editions incorporated digital forms of research and writing, this edition goes even further to build information literacy, recognizing that most students will be doing their work largely or entirely online and on screens. Chapters include updated advice on finding, evaluating, and citing a wide range of digital sources and also recognize the evolving use of software for citation management, graphics, and paper format and submission. The ninth edition is fully aligned with the recently released Chicago Manual of Style , 17th edition, as well as with the latest edition of The Craft of Research. Teachers and users of the previous editions will recognize the familiar three-part structure. Part 1 covers every step of the research and writing process, including drafting and revising. Part 2 offers a comprehensive guide to Chicago’s two methods of source citation: notes-bibliography and author-date. Part 3 gets into matters of editorial style and the correct way to present quotations and visual material.  A Manual for Writers also covers an issue familiar to writers of all levels: how to conquer the fear of tackling a major writing project. Through eight decades and millions of copies, A Manual for Writers has helped generations shape their ideas into compelling research papers. This new edition will continue to be the gold standard for college and graduate students in virtually all academic disciplines.

  • Author: Kate L. Turabian
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 9th edition (April 1, 2018)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-0226430577
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.1 inches

                 



6. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fiction Writing Reference - August 2021

On Writing Well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet. Whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology, business, sports, the arts or about yourself in the increasingly popular memoir genre, On Writing Well offers you fundamental priciples as well as the insights of a distinguished writer and teacher. With more than a million copies sold, this volume has stood the test of time and remains a valuable resource for writers and would-be writers.

  • Author: William Zinsser
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; 30th Anniversary ed. edition (April 5, 2016)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • Dimensions: 0.76 x 5.31 x 8 inches

                 

7. They Say / I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fiction Writing Reference - August 2021

The best-selling book that demystifies academic writing This book identifies the key rhetorical moves in academic writing. It shows students how to frame their arguments as a response to what others have said and provides templates to help them start making the moves. The fourth edition features many NEW examples from academic writing, a NEW chapter on Entering Online Discussions, and a thoroughly updated chapter on Writing in the Social Sciences. Finally, two NEW readings provide current examples of the rhetorical moves in action.

  • Author: Gerald Graff
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Fourth edition (June 11, 2018)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-0393631678
  • Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 7.4 inches

                 

8. Scholastic Success with Writing, Grade 3


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fiction Writing Reference - August 2021

Give students the targeted, skill-building practice they need with these standards-based books! Each workbook includes more than 40 ready-to-reproduce practice pages. Easy-to-follow directions and fun exercises motivate students to work on their own. Every activity in each book is correlated to state standards. For use with Grade 3.

  • Author: Scholastic
  • Publisher: Scholastic Teaching Resources (Teaching; Illustrated edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-0545200776
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.2 x 10.6 inches

                 

9. The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression (Second Edition) (Writers Helping Writers Series)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fiction Writing Reference - August 2021

The bestselling  Emotion Thesaurus , often hailed as “the gold standard for writers” and credited with transforming how writers craft emotion, has now been expanded to include 55 new entries!  One of the biggest struggles for writers is how to convey emotion to readers in a unique and compelling way. When showing our characters’ feelings, we often use the first idea that comes to mind, and they end up smiling, nodding, and frowning too much.  If you need inspiration for creating characters’ emotional responses that are personalized and evocative, this ultimate show-don’t-tell guide for emotion can help. It includes: Body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for 130 emotions that cover a range of intensity from mild to severe, providing innumerable options for individualizing a character’s reactions A breakdown of the biggest emotion-related writing problems and how to overcome them Advice on what should be done  before drafting to make sure your characters’ emotions will be realistic and consistent  Instruction for how to show hidden feelings and emotional subtext through dialogue and nonverbal cues And much more! The Emotion Thesaurus , in its easy-to-navigate list format, will inspire you to create stronger, fresher character expressions and engage readers from your first page to your last.

  • Author: Becca Puglisi
  • Publisher: JADD Publishing; 2nd ed. edition (February 14, 2019)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-0999296349
  • Dimensions: 7 x 0.69 x 10 inches

                 

10. Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book On Novel Writing You'll Ever Need


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Fiction Writing Reference - August 2021

The first novel-writing guide from the best-selling Save the Cat! story-structure series, which reveals the 15 essential plot points needed to make any novel a success. Novelist Jessica Brody presents a comprehensive story-structure guide for novelists that applies the famed Save the Cat! screenwriting methodology to the world of novel writing. Revealing the 15 "beats" (plot points) that comprise a successful story--from the opening image to the finale--this book lays out the Ten Story Genres (Monster in the House; Whydunit; Dude with a Problem) alongside quirky, original insights (Save the Cat; Shard of Glass) to help novelists craft a plot that will captivate--and a novel that will sell.

  • Author: Jessica Brody
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Illustrated edition (October 9, 2018)
  • Genre: Reference, Writing, Research & Publishing Guides
  • ISBN: 978-0399579745
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.85 x 8.25 inches