Thursday, May 27, 2021

Writers Gotta Read, Right?—References and More

Looking to fine-tune your writing? Need a little extra inspiration to jumpstart your initial draft or your final edit? Well, we’ve got lists (and in some cases, lists of lists) of books for your consideration. So, in no particular order, let's jump in!

What do YOU have on YOUR writing reference shelves? (Photo: Camille Minichino)

And now, for a few personal recommendations:

What about you? What are your favorite writing references and/or books on writing? Please share in the comments below...

Ann Parker authors the award-winning Silver Rush historical mystery series published by Poisoned Pen Press, an imprint of Sourcebooks. During the day, she wrangles words for a living as a science editor/writer and marketing communications specialist (which is basically a fancy term for "editor/writer"). Her midnight hours are devoted to scribbling fiction. Visit for more information.


  1. Planning to check out the recommendations here--I already have the Emotional Thesaurus and agree with its usefulness.

  2. The Emotional Thesaurus sounds very useful for the kind of writing I do. Thank you for sharing this, Ann.

  3. Great list, Ann. I have a shelf full of writing books. A few of my favorites are The First Five Pages, by Noah Lukeman, Don't Murder Your Mystery by Chris Roerdan, and On Writing by Stephen King.


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