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Craft books for writers

 
Save the Cat Writes a Novel

by: Jessica Brody

The first novel-writing guide from the best-selling Save the Cat! story-structure series, which reveals the 15 essential plot points needed to make any novel a success.

The Emotional Thesaurus Series
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 by: Becca Puglisi & Angela Ackerman

6 book series.

If you need inspiration for creating characters’ emotional responses that are personalized and evocative, this ultimate show-don’t-tell guide for emotion can help.

Wired for Story
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by: Lisa Cron

Imagine knowing what the brain craves from every tale it encounters, what fuels the success of any great story, and what keeps readers transfixed. 

Write Worlds
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by: Stant Litore

"There are other worldbuilding books out there; this is the one you want." - Travis Heerman, author of the Ronin trilogy and Death Wind.

Voice
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by: James Scott Bell

It's VOICE. Everyone talks about it, yet no one seems able to define it. Voice has therefore been the most elusive aspect of the entire writing craft to teach.

Story Genius
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by: Lisa Cron

This writing guide reveals how to use cognitive storytelling strategies to build a scene-by-scene blueprint for a riveting story.

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Fiction Picks

 
Wicked Deep
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by: Shea Ernshaw

Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic meets the Salem Witch trials in this haunting story about three sisters on a quest for revenge—and how love may be the only thing powerful enough to stop them.

The Dead House
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by: Dawn Kurtagich

Welcome to the Dead House.
Three students: dead.
Carly Johnson: vanished without a trace.

Keeper
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by: Kim Chance

"The world of Keeper is intricate, with a storied past and magical dynamics beyond just witches and non magical folk." --Foreword Magazine

The Stolen Kingdom
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by: Bethany Atazadeh

The Stolen Kingdom is a loose “Aladdin” retelling. Set in a world that humans share with Mermaids, Dragons, and the elusive Jinni, this isn’t the fairytale you remember…

The Diviners
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by: Libba Bray

A young woman discovers her mysterious powers could help catch a killer in the first book of The Diviners series--a stunning supernatural historical mystery set in 1920s New York City.

Sea Witch
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by: Sarah Henning

Wicked meets "The Little Mermaid" in the captivating origin story of the sea's most iconic villainess, perfect for fans of Heartless and Dorothy Must Die.

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder
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by: Holly Jackson

For readers of Kara Thomas and Karen McManus, an addictive, twisty crime thriller with shades of Serial and Making a Murderer about a closed local murder case that doesn't add up, and a girl who's determined to find the real killer--but not everyone wants her meddling in the past.

These Witches Don't Burn
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by: Isabel Sterling

"Infused with page-turning suspense, bittersweet romance, shocking twists, and tragic turns, Sterling has written a standout debut." -- Dana Mele, author of People Like Us

A Curse So Dark & Lonely
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by: Brigid Kemmerer

"In a lush, contemporary fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Brigid Kemmerer gives readers another compulsively readable romance perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer."