I have benefited from writing books over the years. Here are two that I have found to be of great help.
Self-editing for Fiction Writers by Browne and King – This is an excellent source for beginning to intermediate fiction writers that covers a wide range of crucial fiction topics such as showing versus telling, point of view consistency, dialogue mechanics, and interior monologue techniques.
It’s important to read these “rules” understanding that you don’t have to follow them rigidly, but beginning writers should learn these rules well enough to know when it’s all right to break them for the sake of a story.
Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain – This book transformed my writing by introducing me to a concept called motivation-reaction units, which greatly improved my ability to create intimate point of view. It also goes over how to set up scenes and sequels in the story conflict cycles.
What does all of that mean? Read the book and check it out.
What writing books have helped you the most?