The Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler. This is the hero's journey and every writer needs to read this at least once...and study it. In fact, I need to read it again...just because it is so good.
The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne. This is a recent favorite and a seriously good read. He also has a great podcast. I love how he breaks down several different novels so that we can see how they are put together and why they work.
Save the Cat by Blake Snyder. This is a book on screenwriting but many of the principles apply to novels. And besides, when your book is optioned for a movie, who can do a better job writing the screenplay than the author. :-)
Anything by James Scott Bell. I highly recommend his Plot & Structure. I really like Just Write, too.
How to Write the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass. I love this and the workbook that goes with it. I cyber-stalked Mr. Maass for a while, but don't tell him. I'd so love him as my agent.
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