Reference Works

Remember how, at the beginning of this ebook, I went on about equipment and the importance of the workplace? Reference books are equally as important and the only reason I didn't include them is because, to me, reference books are more than mere mundane tools such as paperclips or a stapler. They are mines of information that are indispensable to any writer - and the more experienced the writer, the more reference books he or she will tend to have. So below are listed just a few that you should obtain as soon as you can. They are in no particular order but, as I've already mentioned the first four elsewhere, those may be the ones to get first!

The Chicago Manual of Style (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 14th. Ed., 1993)

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, Inc., 10th. Ed., 1993)

A recent copy of Roget's Thesaurus

'Elements of Style', Strunk, William Jr., and White, E.B. (New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., 3rd. Ed., 1979)

An up-to-date copy of 'The Writers and Artists Yearbook' (published annually - an absolute must).

'Becoming a Writer', Dorothea Brande (Macmillan, 1995)

'Conflict, Action and Suspense', William Noble (Writer's Digest Books, 1994)

'Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction', Patricia Highsmith (Poplar Press, 1983)

'Writing Crime Fiction', H. R. F. Keating (A & C Black, 1994)

'Writing Popular Fiction', Rona Randall (A & C Black,1992)

'Writing a Thriller', Andre Jute (A & C Black, 1999)

In Conclusion...

I cannot pretend, nor would I, that writing is an easy task. If you choose to follow this often difficult but immensely rewarding path then may I wish you the very best in your enterprise. Remember this - of all the people who write a book, few are published. Hopefully you will be amongst them. If not, take heart in the fact that you have achieved something that countless thousands of others have wistfully dreamed of - 'Someday I would love to write a book . . '

Well, that is what you will have done. Even if the only person who EVER reads it is you, no-one can take that away. If it doesn't get published - put it away and WRITE ANOTHER! Your second will be better, your third better still, as your skill and confidence grows. Above all, beyond anything else -


About the writer:

Steve Dempster is fifty-something and these days works from his home in the Heart of England. He is a published writer (but not as published as he would like!) and spends quite a bit of his working day writing informative articles for the internet, ebooks such as this one and also looking after six websites that he runs.

It seems retirement is not an option!

If you have enjoyed this ebook why not take a look at my ebook 'Success In Short Story Writing'? It's over forty pages of tips and hints on how to write short stories that sell - and there's a nice little surprise with it too....

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Index page 1. Necessary equipment. 2. The importance of the workplace 3. Choosing the right book for you to write. 4. Ideas and how to get them. 5. How to plan a story. 6. How to make characters come to life.  7. Plotting your story. 8. Self-editing and the final draft. 9. Agents and Publishers 10. Writers' groups. 11. Writing competitions.

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