Elizabeth Adair: The Sun and Stars
Richard Anderson: Death Below Zero
Tess Collins: Shadow Mountain; The Hunter of Hertha; Notown; Helen of Troy; The Law of Betrayal; The Law of the Dead; The Law of Revenge
Yves Fey: Floats the Dark Shadow
Lester Gorn and James N. Frey: The Art of the Traditional Short Story
Beth Tashery Shannon: Tanglevine; Dark Wine; The Heron



James N. Frey: How to Write a Damn Good Novel
How to Write a Damn Good Novel, II: Advanced Techniques For Dramatic Storytelling

The Key: How to Write Damn Good Fiction Using the Power of Myth
How to Write a Damn Good Mystery: A Practical Step-by-Step Guide from Inspiration to Finished Manuscript
How to Write a Damn Good Thriller: A Step-by-Step Guide for Novelists and Screenwriters

Lajos Egri: The Art of Dramatic Writing (also available in paperback)
The Art of Creative Writing

Christopher Vogler: The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers

John Gardner: On Moral Fiction


Movies that add highlights to Elizabeth Adair's The Sun and Stars:
The Other Boleyn Girl
Anne of the Thousand Days (and get Mary, Queen of Scots at the same time)
Elizabeth R
And last but not least:
The Tudors

Movies that add highlights to Tess Collins' Appalachian Trilogy:
Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People, PBS series
History Channel: Hillbilly - The Real Story
Harlan County, U.S.A.


Tess Collins' Teller of Tales is a series of articles on fiction writing. The Caldron of Place explores the importance of creating a setting for your work that is as important a character as any human one. (1500 words; approximately 4 pages) The Flawed Protagonist explores how to deepen the dimensions of your hero by creating realistic imperfections that bond the reader to your characters. The Sympathetic Villain explores how to write a good villain; one that isn’t a cliché or stereotype and creates a worthy opponent for your hero. (2300 words; approximately 6 pages)

James N. Frey: Gift of the White Light: The Strange and Wonderful Story of Annette Martin


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