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.

Others include:

Writing The Breakout Novel
Donald Maass

The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers
Christopher Vogler

Goal, Motivation & Conflict
Debra Dixon

Hero with a Thousand Faces
Joseph Campbell

The Marshall Plan
Evan Marshall

Romance Writing for Dummies
Julie Beard

Erotic Romance Writing for Dummies
Alison Kent

The Way of the Cheetah
Lynn Viehl
Ebook only

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.