A few useful books I’ve found along the way…

Ash, William, The Way To Write Radio Drama (London: Elm Tree Books, 1985)

Atwood, Margaret, In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination (London: Virago Press, 2011, rpt 2012)

Atwood, Margaret, Negotiating With The Dead: A Writer on Writing (London: Virago Press, 2002 rpt 2012)

Bennett, Andrew and Nicolas Royle, An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory (Harlow: Pearson Education Limited, 1995 rpt 2009)

Booker Christopher, The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories, (London: Continuum, 2004)

Calder, Jenni, There Must Be A Lone Ranger (London: Hamish Hamiliton Ltd)

Campbell, Joseph, The Hero With A Thousand Faces: Third Edition (Novato: New World Library, 1949, rpt 2005)

Catron, E. Louis, The Elements Of Playwriting (New York: Macmillan General Reference, 1993)

Caulfield Anne, Writing For Radio: A Practical Guide (Marlborough: The Crowood Press Ltd, 2009)

Chiarella Tom, Writing Dialogue, (Ohio: Story Press, 1998)

Davis, Rib, Writing Handbooks: Developing Characters For Script Writing (London: A & C Black, 2001)

Davis, Rib, Writing Dialogue For Scripts (London: A&C Black Limited, 1998 rpt 2000)

Edgar, David, How Plays Work (London: Nick Hern Books Limited, 2009 rpt 2011)

Elwood, Maren, Characters Make Your Story (Boston: The Writer Inc Publishers, 1987, rpt 1989)

Field Syd, The Definitive Guide To Screen Writing, (St Ives: Ebury Press, 2003)

Field Syd, The Screenwriter’s Workbook, (New York: Bantam Dell, 2006, orig 1984)

Field Syd, Screenplay: The Foundations of Drama Expanded Edition, (New York: Dell Publishing, 1994)

Foster, Thomas C., Understanding Novels: A Lively Exploration of Literary Form And Technique (London: A & C Black Publishers Limited, 2008 rpt 2009)

Greig Noel, Playwriting: A Practical Guide (Oxon: Routledge, 2005)

Griffiths, Stuart, How Plays Are Made (London: Heinemann Educational Books Ltd, 1982)

James P. D., Talking About Detective Fiction, (Oxford: Bodleian Library, 2009)

King, Stephen, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft (London: Hodder And Stoughton, 2000 rpt 2001)

McKee Robert, Story, (London: Methuen Publishing Limited, 1999, orig 1998)

Morley, David, The Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007 rpt 2010)

Mullen, John, How Novels Work (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006 rpt 2008)

States Bert O., The Pleasure of The Play (New York: Cornell University Press, 1994)

Vogler, Christopher, The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure For Writers (Studio City: Michael Wise Productions, 1998 rpt 2007)

Woods, James, How Fiction Works (London: Vintage, 2009)


Literature, Criticism And Theory Fourth Edition. ed. Andrew Bennett and Nicholas Royle (Harlow: Pearson Education Limited, 1995 rpt 2009)

Taking Reality By Surprise: Writing For Pleasure and Publication, ed. Susan Sellers (London: Women’s Press Ltd, 1991 rpt 1999)

For more writing advice try my archive page. Or for fiction try my short story archive or Weekly Serial page.


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