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My Favorite Books on Writing #WW

Today we’re talking about continuous learning. I’ve studied dozens of books on various aspects of writing, and these are the ones I return to again and again. I’m always on the lookout for new books to help my career, and I’m happy to share. If you’re interested in taking your craft up a notch, try one of these!


Books on Writing Downloadable List


Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King



Take Off Your Pants!: Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing: Revised Edition by Libbie Hawker
Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell



The Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition by University of Chicago Press Staff
The Chicago Manual of Style Guidelines (Quick Study) by Inc. BarCharts
Essentials of English Grammar: A Quick Guide to Good English by L. Sue Baugh


Writing Faster:

2K to 10K: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love by Rachel Aaron


Indie Publishing:

*Indie publishing changes often, so some of the information may be outdated. It’s still a good read.*

The Naked Truth about Self-Publishing: Update and Revised Second Edition by Jana DeLeon, Tina Folsom, Colleen Gleason, Jane Graves, Debra Holland, Dorien Kelly, Theresa Ragan, Denise Grover Swank, Jasinda Wilder


Writing Romance:

Kate Walker’s 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance by Kate Walker


If you’re anything like me, six months from now you’ll be wanting a new book on one of these topics, but you won’t remember where you saw this list. That’s why I created a downloadable/printable PDF with links. It will be available on my FOR WRITERS page under the EXTRAS tab.

On a personal note, we dropped our daughter off at college last weekend, and my son begins his sophomore year or high school today. How did the summer fly by so quickly? Yikes!!

I would love to hear YOUR favorite books on writing. Drop me a comment! And have an awesome week!

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Jill Kemerer is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author of heartwarming, emotional, small-town romance novels often featuring cowboys. She hopes to encourage readers through her books the way so many books have encouraged her. Jill's essentials include coffee, caramels, a stack of books, her mini-doxie, and long walks outdoors. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two almost-grown children. For more information, visit her website,

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Hi Jill, My apologies for not being a better commenter for the last year. I have read most of your blogs! I like your new focus.

    Over the last year I have worked my way through The Artist’s Way. It’s a great book for developing a daily habit of writing, overcoming doubts or frustrations, and freeing the God given talent within.

    I had to laugh about the title of your sports book. One of my husband’s favorite Chistian sports friends can be very loud and dramatic at games. Maybe he should check It out!

    1. I was just thinking about you the other day, Bettie! I’m glad you like the new focus–I do, too! I will have to check out The Artist’s Way–Julia Cameron, if I’m remembering correctly? I think I read it years ago. Time to refresh! Thank you!!

  2. Awesome list of resources! Thanks for sharing. Patricia Bradley did an ACFW course on the loop titled 50,000 words in 30 days. I still refer to her lessons. Hadn’t heard of the book Take Off Your Pants. Will have to check that one out. I started using a bullet system that works really well. College students make their way back on campus today. Yay. It’s always crazy this time of year. Great post, Jill!

    1. Hi Sally! Patricia knows what she’s talking about–I’m glad you were able to take her course! Take Off Your Pants was a newer one for me, too, and I loved it!

      Aww, congrats on your college kids. I agree–there’s a few weeks of absolute chaos! Hang in there!!

  3. Great list, Jill! I would add Stephen King’s On Writing to the list — great for motivation and simple ‘just write it’ type advice…The “idiot’s guide” to grammar (great for a quick ‘how do i___?’ answers) …

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