Top Ten books every fiction writer should read

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  The blog hop features lists related to all things bookish–characters, authors, titles, and favorites. They’re an excellent way to find new interesting books on a variety of topics, and to connect with bloggers who love the books you do.


This week’s theme is top ten books every X should read, where bloggers get to choose what X stands for.  I chose X=fiction writers, because I read a ton of books about writing craft.

In no particular order, here are some of the books I find useful:

I could go on, but the rules say ten, so ten is all you get.

What about you? Have ever thought about writing books of your own? Tell us about it in a comment. And be sure to check out fascinating top tens by other bloggers.

And finally, since we’re talking about writing fiction … please ignore the following and forgive me for posting it.

The African Queen in Outer Space

escapee smallerCatt Sayer just wants to survive.  The working-class fugitive delivers military supplies on her decrepit airship, but her hard-won livelihood vanishes when invaders overrun her harsh moon. And now an idealistic, upper-class officer wants her to risk her life on a hopeless voyage to attack enemy headquarters – manned by 10,000 soldiers.

Edward Hoornaert’s romantic space opera, Escapee, continues the saga of the Dukelsky family (begun in The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station).  If you like The African Queen and the thrill of underdogs finding love while battling a hostile environment, you’ll love Escapee.

Don’t let this rousing tale escape from you.




    1. I omitted some of the really well known books for writers, like King’s On Writing, but these are, for me, keepers.

  1. I’m not a writer, so I haven’t read any of these, but I like your creativity with this week’s theme!

    1. This popped into my head as soon as I read this week’s theme. I don’t always post because I’m either too busy or, more likely, I don’t have anything to see. This week that wasn’t a problem.

  2. You know I’m an avid reader and aspiring author so this is kind of a perfect list for me. I’ve been wanting to pick up some good books on the topic but never knew where to start. Thanks!

    1. Glad to be of assistance, Eve!

  3. I’m not a writer, although I do like to delve into it for fun on the occasion, but I can imagine this list would be super helpful for those who are! Thanks for sharing!

    1. People such as Eve (above).

  4. Great list! I could def use some of the suggestions that I am sure these have to offer. Thanks for the fun list!

    1. I hope some of them will prove useful, Valerie.

  5. I love your topic choice! I’m definitely going to check out some of these books–thanks for stopping by my TTT earlier 🙂

    1. Thanks for letting me know. This topic is definitely of interest to a minority of readers, but I thought I’d go with it anyway.

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