Great stories/Books on writing
Stories that give delight through imaginative development and continue to do so for generations have not only a universality to them, but are also valuable examples for writers. When a story becomes part of our literary heritage, story elements such as characters, events, and phrasing, often become a usable part of our language and actually enhance communication and understanding among us all. “Call me Ishmael.”
The art of writing stories in literary fiction is a vast topic not easily captured in a single book. And there are numerous books on the craft of writing that, while important, miss the concepts of most value to the literary fiction author.
Below are books, many out-of-print but often seen in used bookstores or on the Internet, that have been graded (with editor comments included) on the value for the literary fiction storyteller. Other authors’ reviews are also included.
What books have you found useful and why? Write a review in the comments section.