Even though I’m a former English teacher, I’ve never been big on books that claim to teach you how to write. I always tell people that most of the information they find in those books will be worthless until they actually write their own book, no matter how bad it may be.
I’m assuming that if you’re writing a book, you’re a voracious reader and have therefore imbibed a lot of the structure and pacing of telling a story. So you work with that, and, once the words are there on paper, you have something to plug into the, how to, books.
That being said, I’ve got a shelf full that I’ll turn to if I’m stuck on something or just need inspiration.
My favorite is Stephen King’s On Writing. You should run out and get that one right now.
Writing The Breakout Novel
The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers
Goal, Motivation & Conflict
Hero with a Thousand Faces
The Marshall Plan
Romance Writing for Dummies
Erotic Romance Writing for Dummies
The Way of the Cheetah
I also read a lot of nonfiction books for research.
When I’m writing my milroms, I stay away from reading milroms, just because they make it hard for me to concentrate. On the other hand, when I’m writing the Sydney books, I have no problem reading paranormals or erotica, so go figure. Whatever your comfort level is, go with it but remember, you must read within your genre to stay current.