The Writer’s Best Books and Resources


Writers have their stockpile of favorite writing books and online resources to aid them in the publishing industry. Many helps are available, but choosing the right one for you, according to your genre and writing level, can be a challenge. 


The following is a list in author-alphabetical order of those resources that serve me well. 


Recommended Writing Books 


The Conflict Thesaurus Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi 

The Emotion Thesaurus Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi 

The Emotional Wound Thesaurus Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi 


Plot and Structure James Scott Bell 

Revisions and Edits James Scott Bell 


The Five Love Languages Gary Chapman 


Wired for Story Lisa Chron 


The Art of Character David Corbett 


On Becoming a Novelist John Gardner 


I Know What You’re Thinking Lillian Glass, Ph.D. 


Story Trumps Structure Steven James 

Troubleshooting Your Novel Steven James 


Dialogue Gloria Kempton 


On Writing Stephen King 


Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint Nancy Kress 


The 12 Pillars of Novel Construction C.S. Lakin 


The Emotional Craft of Fiction Donald Maass 

The Emotional Craft of Writing Donald Maass 

The Fire in Fiction Donald Maass 

Writing the Breakout Novel Donald Maass 

Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook Donald Maass 

Writing 21st Century Fiction Donald Maass 


Story Robert McKee  


Exploring the Art of Character DiAnn Mills 

Exploring the Art of Plotting DiAnn Mills 

Exploring the Art of Emotion & Dialogue DiAnn Mills 


Painted Paragraphs Donald Newlove   


The Power of Body Language Tonya Reiman  


Creating Character Arcs K.M. Weiland 


Online Tools 


Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs 


Myers-Briggs Love Languages 


Myers-Briggs Personality Testing 


The Lies We Believe 



Websites and Blogs 


Blue Ridge Conference 


Helping Writers Become Authors 


Jane Friedman 


Jerry Jenkins 


Live, Write, Thrive 


The Write Conversation 


Writer Unboxed 


Writers Digest Editor Blogs 


Writers Helping Writers 


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DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She is a storyteller and creates action-packed, suspense-filled novels to thrill readers. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests.  DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. DiAnn continues her passion for helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.  Connect with DiAnn on her various social media platforms here: