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6 Great Books for Fiction Writers

Updated on October 28, 2014

What Can Books Teach You About Writing?

Whether writing can really be 'taught' or not, there are definitely plenty of writing-related skills which can be taught, ranging from creativity tricks to cramming as much writing time as possible into a single day.

Here's five great books which will help fiction writers read better, plot better, write better (and faster!), and edit better.

When do YOU Edit?

Some writers prefer to get the whole story out before they edit anything. Others backtrack and edit frequently while writing. Where do you stand?

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What kind of books do you reach for when you want to pick up some new writing tips?

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago


      I came back today and pinned this, the other night when I read this I had Pinterest turned off or I would have done it then.


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      Keelan Rosa 3 years ago

      @TheExaminer-1 …It honestly never occurred to me it might not be considered a 'fiction-writing' book.

      But then again, my high school had an entire required class in Elements of Style, where we had to write good Strunk-and-White-acceptable essays on various works of fiction (which themselves followed or broke the rules depending on the feelings the authors were trying to evoke). The EoS teacher also taught Lit of Evil, in which he once claimed Stephen King re-reads EoS every year. Between those two classes, I think I got a bit preconditioned in potential uses of EoS.

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      Welcome to HubPages ShashiRosa! I liked your Hub very much and I found it useful and interesting. I have "Elements of Style" but I did not know that it was a book to help with writing fiction. Thanks.

      I voted this up and shared it.