No writing website is complete without a list of useful how-to and how-not-to books. Below you will find some of my favorites. This is not a comprehensive list of books on the subject of writing fantasy or young adult fiction, but it is, I hope, a good enough start!

General Writing Books

How to Blog a Book by Nina Amir

Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark

Story Trumps Structure: How to Write Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules by Steven James

Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft by Janet Burroway

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

303 Writing Prompts: Ideas to Get You Started by Bonnie Neubauer

Fondling Your Muse: Infallible Advice From a Published Author to the Writerly Aspirant by John Warner

The Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories by Martha Alderson

Writer’s Market 2017: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published

The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers by John Gardner

Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books

The Fantasy Fiction Formula by Deborah Chester

How to Draw Fantasy Art & RPG Maps: Step by Step Cartography for Gamers and Fans by Jared Blando

Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction: How to Create Out-of-this-world Novels and Short Stories by Orson Scott Card, Philip Athans, Jay Lake and the Editors of Writer’s Digest

Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff Vandermeer

100 Prompts for Science Fiction Writers by Leslie and Jarod Anderson

Writing Monsters: How to Craft Believably Terrifying Creatures to Enhance Your Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction by Philip Athans

The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction by Philip Athans

Reflections: On the Magic of Writing by Diana Wynne Jones

YA Writing Books

The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults by Cheryl B. Klein

Writing New Adult Fiction by Deborah Halverson

The Writer’s Guide to Crafting Stories for Children by Nancy Lamb

Writing Irresistible Kidlit: The Ultimate Guide to Crafting Fiction for Young Adult and Middle Grade Readers by Mary Kole