Loches in winter, 1998

Here are a few books you might find helpful. I’m not too fond of labels, but most of these are more geared toward literary fiction (emphasis on character and language over plot) than typical genre writing. I’ve put asterisks by those titles that are more generalized or that apply to more than one mode.


Baxter, Charles, The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot

Baxter, Charles, Burning Down the House

Bradbury, Ray, Zen in the Art of Writing*

Burroway, Janet, Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft

Butler, Robert Olen, From Where You Dream

Calvino, Italo, Six Memos for the Next Millennium

Checkoway, Julie (editor), Creating Fiction

Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly, Flow* (on creativity)

Gardner, John, The Art of Fiction

Goldberg, Natalie, Writing Down the Bones*

King, Stephen, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft*

Le Guin, Ursula K., Steering the Craft*

Olmstead, Robert, Elements of the Writing Craft

Prose, Francine, Reading Like a Writer

See, Carolyn, Making a Literary Life

Strunk, William C., and E. B. White, The Elements of Style*