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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Writing Tip Wednesday--Reference Materials

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesday! A writing career consists of much more than writing stories. Be prepared. Be educated. Make well-informed decisions. For writing craft topics, see the Labels list in the left sidebar as you scroll down the page or check out my handbook in e-book or print.

An author’s library should not only consist of books in her genre, but Reference Materials to help with creating stories and preparing them for submission and/or publication. The following list contains my go-to craft and research books, but is by no means a complete listing of available resources.

Writing Craft:
Chicago Manual of Style
Published by The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 978-0-226-10420-1
The most widely used style sheet/guide/handbook. It covers grammar, punctuation, and other important aspects of writing craft.

Writers Inc
Published by Great Source Education Group, Inc. (a Houghton Mifflin Company)
ISBN: 0-669-47164-X
An easy-to-use basic guide to grammar and punctuation for students. It covers grammar, punctuation, parts of speech, and writing process.

Plain English Handbook
Published by Litton Educational Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 0-800-91793-6
An easy to use guide to grammar and punctuation for students. It covers grammar, punctuation, parts of speech, and composition.

Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary
Published by Merriam-Webster, Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-965-43710-3
One of the most commonly used dictionaries in the publishing industry.

New Oxford American Dictionary
Published by Oxford University Press
ISBN: 978-0-195-39288-3
One of the most commonly used dictionaries in the publishing industry.

GMC: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict by Debra Dixon
Published by Gryphon Books for Writers
ISBN: 978-0-965-43710-3
A step-by-step guide to creating a strong foundation for fiction writing. It covers using goals, motivation, and conflict for strengthening characterization, character arcs, and plot.

And, of course…
Writing Tip Wednesday: A Writing Craft Handbook by Mellanie Szereto
Published by Amatoria Press
ISBN: 978-0-991-14732-8
A handbook of writing craft topics, including grammar and punctuation.

Research:
English Through the Ages by William Brohaugh
Published by Writer’s Digest Books
ISBN: 0-89879-655-5
A guide to word origins and dates of use. This excellent resource for historical writing covers word use from the mid-12th century to the late-20th century.

Mythology by Edith Hamilton
Published by Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 0-446-60725-8
The classic guide to Greek and Roman gods. The Quest for the Golden Fleece, The Adventures of Odysseus, and many other mythology stories are included.

The Mammoth Book of Pirates by Jon E. Lewis
Published by Carroll & Graf Publishers
ISBN: 978-0-786-71729-3
Contains over 25 true tales of infamous pirates.

String Theory for Dummies by Andrew Zimmerman Jones
Published by Wiley Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-470-46724-4
A beginner’s guide to string theory.

Indian Mounds of the Middle Ohio Valley
by Susan L. Woodward and Jerry N. McDonald
Published by The McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company
ISBN: 0-939-92372-6
A guide to mounds and earthworks of the Adena, Hopewell, and Fort Ancient peoples.

Medieval Arms and Armor: A Pictorial Archive by J. H. Hefner-Alteneck
Published by Dover Publications
ISBN: 0-486-43740-X
A pictorial guide to arms and armor from the 8th century AD to 17th century AD.

The Knights Templar by Frank Sanello
Published by Taylor Trade Publishing
ISBN: 0-878-33302-9
A history of the rise, reign, and fall of the Knights Templar.

Quite an eclectic collection, isn’t it?

As with any research, verify the information with at least two reliable sources. Build a library, build knowledge, build a career.

Mellanie Szereto
Romance...With A Kick!

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