The Writer’s Bookshelf, Season One: Recommended Reading Order

“The Writer’s Bookshelf: Season One Recap” Title Screen

Hi, and welcome back to The Writer’s Bookshelf. If you’ve been keeping up with this series for the last six months, then you’ll know that we’ve covered 20 books about improving your writing and storytelling game. But depending on your skill level and writing style, maybe the order was a bit lumpy for you.

If that’s the case, then here’s my recommended reading order for maximum educational experience, depending on your writing approach.

For Beginners:

1. On Writing, Stephen King

2. Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott

3. Just Write, James Scott Bell

4. The Writer’s Journey, Christopher Vogler

5. How Not to Write a Novel, Mittlemark & Newman

6. The Elements of Style, Strunk & White

7. Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Lynne Truss (optional)

For Planners (Outliners):

8. Story Engineering, Larry Brooks

9. Story Physics, Larry Brooks

For Pantsers (Organics):

8. Story Trumps Structure, Steven James

9. Story Physics, Larry Brooks

For Hybrids (Little bit of both):

8-9. Larry Brooks’s Books (as shown above)

10. Story Trumps Structure, Steven James

For Intermediates:

11. Hooked, Les Edgerton

12. Save the Cat! Writes a Novel, Jessica Brody

13. Snowflake Books, Randy Ingermansen

For Advanced:

14. Great Stories Don’t Write Themselves, Larry Brooks

15. Story Genius, Lisa Cron

16. Story, Robert McKee

For Editing & Revision:

17. Story Fix, Larry Brooks (Intermediate Class)

18. The Story Grid, Shawn Coyne (Master Class)

For Cleanup and Finalization:

19. The Best Punctuation Book, Period, June Casagrande

20. Author in Progress, Writer Unboxed

Please note that this list is based entirely on my Season One recommendations. Season Two, which begins April 16th, will present to you a new reading list with an even deeper dive into the craft of writing by focusing on the nuances of story development, beginning with mindset and continuing into character, conflict, and scene creation.

So, make sure you come back as we begin a new mega-multi-week journey into The Writer’s Bookshelf.

Don’t forget to like, subscribe, comment, and do all of the things that convince me you like this kind of information and want more like it. You can also check out the video edition of this recap below.

The Writer’s Bookshelf Recap Episode on YouTube

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