My 6 favorite writing craft books for fiction and nonfiction authors

Lindsey Danis
The Joyful Writer
Published in
5 min readDec 20, 2023

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Back in May, I recommended the craft book Seven Drafts to my workshop. “I just saw another book like that…Something Drafts?” the instructor asked.

“Three Drafts! I like that less. Here’s why…” (Reader, it’s best for pantsers).

The exchange got me thinking about the explosion in writing craft books that parallels the explosion in MFA programs, online writing courses and conferences.

Everywhere, it seems like someone is telling you how to write better/faster/more.

In a crowded marketplace, how do you know which craft book is the one you need?

IMO, it’s the one that is going to solve your particular writing problem.

Read on for a few of my favorite craft books and who I think they’re helpful for.

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1. Byline Bible by Susan Shapiro

Best for: Nonfiction writers building their platforms with clips, all writers with books coming out who need to place “off book” essays.

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Lindsey Danis
The Joyful Writer

Writer. Traveler. Queer. Passionate about self employment, LGBTQ finance and the writing life. Visit me at http://www.lindseydanis.com