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On Writing: Books for Writers
Advice from Jim Macdonald on what writers should be reading

Three Best
The following three books will teach you more about writing than a whole library of the more traditional kinds of "How To Write" books. It's just that you'll have to work a bit to dig out the lessons:
[Magic and Showmanship Magic and Showmanship by Henning Nelms is the single best book on writing that I know of. It's got specific advice on believable illusions, language, putting the audience on your side, and the shape of a plot. I can't recommend it highly enough.
[Logical Chess] Logical Chess: Move by Move by Irving Chernev. You want to know how to plot, how to create conflict and interaction, how to get your characters where they need to be for the climax? This is it.
[Victorian Cottage] Cut & Assemble a Victorian Cottage: A H-O Scale Model by Edmund V. Gillon, Jr. We novelists create a false reality. Here's another false reality. I will tell you a true thing: Learning modelwork will make you a better writer.

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Here are my qualifications for making these recommendations.

Useful Books
Here are some useful books that any writer, from the never-published to the oldest pro, will find helpful:

    Writer's Market  How To Get Happily Published  On Writing Well  Self-Editing for Fiction Writers
    Line By Line  1001 Ways to Market Your Books  Character and Viewpoint Chicago Manual of Style

Traditional Books
These books are either about writing or are lists of markets:

 

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