Thirteen books on my reference shelves that I have opened in the last month:
- The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: The Ultimate Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed, by Karen Elizabeth Gordon. –You’ll never look at learning grammar quite the same way again!
- The Synonym Finder, J.I. Rodale – Don’t leave home without it.
- Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, 16th Ed., John Bartlett; Justin Kaplan, General Editor – I enjoy using quotations as chapter headings and idea prompts.
- G.M.C.: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict, by Debra Dixon. A must read.
- Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, by Lynne Truss. –I love this book.
- 21st Century Synonym and Antonym Finder, Edited by The Princeton Language Institute. – So handy when you can only think of the total opposite of the word you really want.
- Foclóir Póca English-Irish/Irish-English Dictionary, An Gúm- Because: Níl ach beagáinín Gailige agam. lol. Very, very little.
- The Romance Writer’s Phrase Book, by Jean Kent and Candace Shelton – Useful stepping-off point for getting past first draft brain freeze moments to dodge the picky internal editor. So what did he do with his eyebrows, ah, right, onwards . . .lol.
- First Draft in 30 Days: A Novel Writer’s System for building a complete and cohesive Manuscript, by Karen S. Wiesner – Because I am a Pantser who wants to be more organized, somehow.
- The Writer’s Journey, by Christopher Vogler – Another must read.
- Prescription For Plotting Popular Fiction, by Carolyn Greene – Excellent resource on plotting and organizing your writing.
- Passionate Ink: A Guide to Writing Erotic Romance, by Angela Knight – A lively, entertaining, and useful how-to. Well, it is Angela Knight, of course!
- Scene and Structure, by Jack M. Bickham – Because scene is believing. (Sorry. Couldn’t resist.)
What are some of your favorite reference books to keep handy?