There are many books out there to help improve our writing or story skills. So, here is a list of those I refer to and have helped me.
1.Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain
Writers swear by this book for a good reason, it's a great book.
2. Creating Character Emotions by Ann Hood
Helps thing of emotion in writer's sensibilities.
3. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Browne and King
Even Julianne MacLean recommended this one in her workshop at the NJ conference.
4. Manuscript Makeover by Elizabeth Lyon
I discovered this one months ago but I like the way it helps divide the issues writers face when dealing with revisions.
5. Goal, Motivation, Conflict by Debra Dixon
A writer's classic and must have
6. The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine, MD
You might be a female and think you know why we do stuff we do but this book deals with the different stages of our lives. And now I have an understanding of women I never did.
7. The Male Brain by Louann Brizendine, MD
Ditto only with men. Ahh, the simple creatures the heroine or hero just can't help but love.
8. You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation by Deborah Tannen
We all have to write the opposite sex dialogue so this helps the words sound much more "Real". And recommended by NY Times bestseller Caridad Pineiro.
9. Love Signals by David Givens, PHD
The body language of love or as the log line states, "A practical field guide to the body language of Courtship."
10. Roget's International Thesaurus
Has every conceivable word for heat, desire and anything else you needed to find. Keep it close.
If you have a book or two or three you wish to share, please do. Happy writing into the New Year.