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Joyce recommends the following books on craft…
20 Masterplots and How to Build Them – Ron Tobias
Eats, Shoots and Leaves – Lynne Truss
Every writer should have this book, study this book and make sure they understand the mechanics of punctuation. If you want to be a professional writer, you need to know the basics or you will never be taken seriously.
The Writer’s Journey – Christopher Vogler and Michele Montez
Screenplay – Syd Field
This was my first introduction to the ‘science’ of plotting. The screenwriters are way ahead of the novelists on this subject, but if we study their secrets, we can be amazing.
The Writer’s Idea Book – Jack Heffron
What If – Anne Bernays
A Poetry Handbook – Mary Oliver
The Artists’ Way – Julia Cameron
For inspiration, taking yourself seriously as an artist and putting creativity at the center of your life.
On Writing – Stephen King
Those who can, teach. Full of excellent insights about the writer’s world.
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
A real book by a real writer about what really happens when you sit down to write. And why that’s no excuse.
Second Sight by Cheryl Klein
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