Creative Writing Craft Books

This post is by Katie McDermott, author of “Mrs. Culann’s Dog”

I read a lot of creative writing ‘how to’ books, usually gifted to me by well-meaning relatives, but I often find that these books contain the same advice. However, over the past few years, a few have stood out as particularly helpful:

1. On Writing: a Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

The first half is an entertaining autobiography and the second half contains some practical writing advice.Very enjoyable to read.


2. The Ode Less Travelled by Stephen Fry

This is the most Useful book on writing poetry that I have read, Fry is as eloquent as ever



3. Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting you’ll ever need  Blake Snyder

Brief, witty and no-nonsense, contains advice on screenwriting that can also be applied to fiction writing.



4. Writing Fiction For Dummies by Randy Ingermanson.

The textbook layout makes it very easy to find what you’re looking for. Good for beginners and the sections on organising and publishing are good for any stage.


5. The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook

Released every year, a useful catalogue of agents and publishers in the UK and Ireland. (it’s not necessary to buy it every single year as a lot of the information remains the same)

4 thoughts on “Creative Writing Craft Books

  1. If one of my relatives gave me a writing for dummies book–no matter how well intentioned they were being–I would probably punch them. Or at least snub them at future family events.

    • I think I’d probably do the same, fortunately this one wasn’t a gift. I read Ingermanson’s e-newsletter which can be pretty helpful so I wanted to check this out too. I think I prefer the newsletter overall though

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