Writing Bookcase

Writers Bookcase

Writers Bookcase


This page is dedicated to writers of all genres and will be updated with books that are good resources for writers. If you have a book that you think should be here and it hasn’t made the list please leave a comment stating title, author or editor and why you think it is useful. 





 The First Five Pages – Noah Lukeman

On Writing – Stephen King

The Elements of Style – William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers – Renni Browne and Dave King

Writing the Breakout Novel – Donald Maass

Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook – Donald Maass

The Writer’s Digest Writing Clinic – Kelly Nickell

The Australian Editing Handbook – Elizabeth Flann and Beryl Hill

The Australian Writer’s Marketplace – Queensland Writers Centre

Writing Fiction Step By Step – Josip Novakovich

 Story – Robert McKee

A Writer’s Guide to Book Publishing – Richard Balkin

Bird by Bird – Anne Lamont

The Right to Write – Julia Cameron

The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers – Christopher Volger

Collins Improve Your Grammar – Graham King

Collins Improve Your Punctuation – Graham King

Style Manual – For authors, editors and printers – John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd




8 Responses to Writing Bookcase

  1. pawhitehouse says:

    What a great idea! I better go out and borrow/purchase some of these books!

    • Kelly Hart says:

      If you can get your hands on it I recommend going for The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman. The Elements of Style is another good one to have on hand, but you can usually find a copy of that in the Library if you want to try before buying.

  2. Keyman says:

    Hey Kel,

    Here are four books that have helped me so far in my journey:

    The Writer’s Journey – Mythic Structure for Writers – Christopher Volger

    Collins – Improve your Grammar – Essential for those of us who were Maths majors at school

    Collins – Improve your Punctuation

    Style Manual – For authors, editors and printers. – Damn handy…


  3. ‘Bird by Bird’ – Anne Lamont because it’s witty, honest and provides some good insight to characterisation, dialogue, POV, writers block etc.

    ‘The Right to Write’ – Julia Cameron because it’s a book not about rules or how to write the perfect query letter, but a book about bringing clarity into your life about why you write and why it’s important to connect to creativity etc.

    Hope these make your book shelf/list 🙂

    Thanx Michele

    • Kelly Hart says:

      Hi Michele,
      Thanks for your suggestions and for reading my page. These books will be added to the list soon.

  4. Hi Kelly

    ‘Story’ by Robert McKee is a good one. Also, ‘A writer’s Guide to Book Publishing’ by Richard Balkin.


    Maggie 🙂

    • Kelly Hart says:

      Hi Maggie,
      Thanks for your suggestions and for checking out my new page. These books will also make it onto the list soon.

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